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Maruti Suzuki XL6 Could Be The Predecessor To Toyota’s Ertiga-Based MPV

  • Aug 23, 2019
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The Maruti Suzuki XL6 could be the preview model of Toyota’s Ertiga-based multipurpose vehicle (MPV). The two leading Japanese automobile manufacturers joined hands in 2017 to cross-badge each other’s cars as part of a plan to expand operations in India. The Toyota Glanza, which is a cross-badged version of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, was the first product of Suzuki-Toyota partnership. Under the partnership, Toyota would also roll out a cross-badged version of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga MPV, and industry reports suggest that the car is likely to be based on the XL6. The latter, in turn, is based on the top two trims of the Ertiga.



The XL6 is a six-passenger version of the Ertiga MPV and comes in a BS-VI compatible, mild hybrid petrol engine. Maruti is branding the car as a premium product which is being sold through the Nexa series of dealerships at an ex-showroom price between ₹9.8 lakh to ₹11.46 lakh.



Toyota, however, doesn’t have a car in this price segment. It currently offers only the Innova Crysta which has an ex-showroom price of ₹14.93 lakh to ₹22.43 lakh in Delhi. Since the XL6 has a more premium styling, it’s likely to be shared with Toyota. The re-badged XL6, like the Glanza, would exactly resemble the donor car except for some cosmetic changes inside-out.



The features in Toyota’s version of the XL6 are likely to remain the same as in the Maruti vehicle. The XL6 retains the features of the Z and Z+ variants of the Ertiga that includes front LED lighting, cruise control, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, LED tail lamps, and leather upholstery.



 


The manual gearbox versions of the XL6 Zeta and Alpha versions are priced at ₹9.80 lakh and ₹10.36 lakh respectively. The automatic transmission (AT) models of the Zeta and Alpha are pegged at ₹10.90 lakh and ₹11.46 lakh respectively.

The cross-badged XL6-based model from the Totyota could be introduced late this year.

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