Cosmetic changes, some new features and new K15C 1.5-litre petrol motor are among the key updates for Ertiga, XL6 facelifts
India’s best selling MPV, Ertiga will be getting its facelift later this month. Its premier sibling XL6 facelift will be launched subsequently. Updated Ertiga and XL6 will have better competencies against new rivals such as Kia Carens. The latter has received an overwhelming response, with 50k bookings recorded within 25 days of launch.
Maruti has already teased the new Ertiga, and even started accepting official bookings. Now, via their Nexa social media handles, Maruti has teased the upcoming XL6. Bookings of the 2022 XL6 facelift have now opened, at Rs 11,000 down payment. Hat tip to automotive enthusiast Snehal Praveen and Vaibhav Pandey for sharing the update.
Ertiga, XL6 facelift key updates
One of the key updates for Ertiga and XL6 facelifts will be the new 1.5-litre K15C dualjet petrol motor. Existing models are powered by the K15B 1.5 litre petrol motor. The new engine will generate 10 ps more power, as compared to 105 ps of existing 1.5-litre petrol motor. The new engine is also likely to have improved fuel efficiency.
Ertiga/XL6 facelift new engine will have transmission options of 5-speed manual and a new 6-speed torque converter automatic. These powertrain options will later be introduced with upcoming new-gen Brezza as well. It is expected to be launched by mid-2022. Take a look at the new XL6 teaser below.
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Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Senior Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “The XL6 is a unique proposition that perfectly marries a strong SUV-like design and the convenience of a spacious 6-seater MPV. The All-New XL6 embodies NEXA’s vision of being an aspirational lifestyle brand and creating an indulgent driving experience. It appeals to the discerning NEXA buyer who is looking for a perfect mix of style, comfort, performance and sophistication. We have seen demand grow for premium MPVs over the past couple of years. We are confident that the All-New XL6 with its bold styling, host of new and advanced technologies along with enhanced safety will deliver an indulgent and stylish experience for our NEXA customers’.”
In international markets, the new K15C engine was introduced first with the Vitara compact SUV. It comes as part of a hybrid setup, paired with an electric motor that makes 33 hp. In India, however, the K15C motor will not be offered in hybrid format. Instead, it will have the standard mild-hybrid system already available here. It comprises auto start/stop and integrated starter generator.
Ertiga, XL6 facelift features
Exterior changes to Ertiga and XL6 facelift include updated front grille and reprofiled front and rear bumper. XL6 will pack in some additional updates such as larger alloy wheels. This will ensure a more dominating road presence for the MPV. Something similar is already offered with the new Suzuki XL7 in the Indonesian market. It is likely that some new colour options may also be introduced.
On the inside, Ertiga and XL6 facelifts will get an updated dashboard. Upholstery is also expected to be new. Other key features will include wooden finish on the dash, chrome accents and flat bottom leather wrapped steering wheel. The MPVs can also pack in a larger 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 360° surround view camera and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Some new connectivity features could be added via Suzuki Connect platform.
Mr. CV Raman, Chief Technical Officer (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “At NEXA, we always bring out products that match and complement customers’ demands. Driving forth the NEXA signature “Crafted Futurism” Design philosophy of NEXpression, NEXtech and NEXperience, the All-New XL6 will strike a perfect balance, which shall appeal to the modern car buyer. The All-New XL6 is a testament to our commitment to bring the newest technologies to our customers and to provide them with an extraordinary experience.”
Safety kit could be another area that can be improved with the Ertiga and XL6 facelift. For example, 6-airbags could be introduced, something that is offered as standard with Carens. Other safety features will include ABS with EBD, engine immobilizer, electronic stability program with hill hold, reverse parking camera and sensors and high speed alert system. With the updates, Ertiga and XL6 facelifts will witness a marginal increase in price.