Maruti Ertiga-based Nexa MPV To Be Called XL6; Looks Rugged & Gets A New Face
The 6-seater MPV will be sold through Maruti Nexa outlets unlike the standard Ertiga
Update: The Maruti XL6 has been launched with prices ranging between Rs 9.8 lakh and Rs 11.46 lakh (ex-showroom, India). It is offered with a petrol engine only. Read more about it here.
- The Ertiga-based MPV will be called the XL6.
- It is set to be launched on 21 August 2019.
- It will be powered by a BS6 version of the K15B petrol engine; unlikely to get a diesel option.
- Features substantial cosmetic updates in the form of a new front fascia, body cladding, and more.
- The XL6 is likely to be priced at a premium over the standard Ertiga.
Maruti is all set to launch a more premium, 6-seater version of the Ertiga MPV soon. Although the carmaker has not revealed any details about the new MPV, spy shots reveal that it will be christened the XL6.
Although the XL6 has been spied in the past, this is the first time the MPV has been spotted without camouflage. As reported earlier, it looks similar to the Ertiga except for some cosmetic updates. Over the Ertiga, it gets body cladding all around, faux skid plates, roof rails and 15-inch black alloys.
The new set of spy shots also reveal the front fascia of the MPV. It looks substantially different from the standard Ertiga. As reported earlier, it gets a new front grille. Instead of the squarish chrome studded unit seen on the Ertiga, the XL6 features a black honeycomb mesh grille with dual chrome bars running across the width of it. The grille is wider at the bottom and tapers as it goes upwards.
The XL6 also features new headlamps with LED DRLs. They draw inspiration from the LED headlamps seen on the Ciaz. The headlamps are expected to offer LED projectors compared to regular halogen units on the Ertiga. The front bumper has also been updated and features a faux skid plate as well as new fog lamp housing flanking the central air dam. All these changes lend the XL6 a more aggressive look compared to the Ertiga.
The spy shots continue to miss out on details regarding the interior of the upcoming MPV. However, thanks to our sources, we know that it will be a 6-seater offering with captain seats for the second row. However, Suzuki recently showcased a 6-seater concept of the Ertiga at the Indonesia Motor Show that offers 40:20:40 split. It remains to be seen which seating layout the XL6 will get. It is also likely to be better equipped than the Ertiga. Features like LED headlamps, LED DRLs, leather upholstery and cruise control are expected to make their way to the premium MPV.
Under the hood, the XL6 will be powered by the same 1.5-litre petrol engine that also does duty in the standard Ertiga. However, it is expected to be an updated version that complies with upcoming BS6 norms. It could be the first Maruti to get the BS6 version of the K15B petrol engine. In the standard Ertiga, this engine makes 105PS of power and 138Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox as well as a 4-speed torque converter automatic.
Maruti might not offer the premium MPV with the Ertiga’s 1.3-litre (90PS/200Nm) and 1.5-litre diesel (95PS/225Nm) engines. Maruti has already announced plans to discontinue all of its diesel offerings by April 2020.
Scheduled to be launched on 21 August 2019, the XL6 will be priced at a premium over the standard Ertiga (Rs 7.44 lakh to Rs 11.20 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi) in lieu of the additional features. Once launched, the MPV will rival some variants of the 7-seater Marazzo, which also features captain seats in the second row. Prices of the Marazzo 7-seater start from Rs 10.35 lakh to Rs 14.68 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India).
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