Ertiga-Based New MPV Spotted, Likely To Be Called XL6

  • Jul 24, 2019

Indo-Japanese automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki is reportedly working on a new Ertiga-based multipurpose vehicle (MPV) and the car was recently spotted with minimal camouflage. The new vehicle is likely to be called XL6 and the nomenclature suggests that it would be a six-passenger car.

The XL6 has oversized roof rails and a rather beefy cladding on the exterior to lend the car a more crossover look. Images of the new vehicle have revealed the Nexa badge which suggests that the car will be sold only through the company’s premium dealership network.

The new Ertiga-based MPV comes with a new fascia, which conforms to Maruti Suzuki’s European design language. The car gets a hexagonal grille with a chrome slat which sports the company’s logo. Two aggressive-looking headlights flank the grille. The vehicle has integrated LED daytime running lights (LEDs) and indicators. The front bumper has two muscular lines and a wide central air dam. A thick black cladding houses the skid plate and fog lamps.

The XL6 is likely to be powered by the same engine which hauls the current Ertiga. Maruti Suzuki is likely to upgrade the 1.5-litre petrol engine to conform to the upcoming BS-VI emission norms. The current Ertiga produces 105PS maximum power and 138Nm peak torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gear system as standard.

Maruti is unlikely to offer the new MPV with the 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre diesel motors. The two engines produce 90PS maximum power and 200Nm peak torque and 95PS maximum power and 225Nm peak torque respectively. The company has already announced that it won’t sell any diesel cars once the BS-VI standard is implemented from 1 April.

The XL6 is set to debut on 21 August and is likely to command a premium over the current Ertiga’s entry-level ex-showroom price of ₹7.44 lakh. It will compete with the Mahindra Marazzo in its class which is pegged between ₹10.35 lakh to ₹14.68 lakh.

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