Looking to build upon the success of Ertiga and meet the growing demand for premium MPVs, Maruti Suzuki has launched XL6 at a starting price of Rs 9.80 lakh. Sharing the same Heartect platform, XL6 is a premium version of Ertiga. It comes with upgraded exteriors and interiors and new features that give the MPV a distinctive profile.
As compared to Ertiga that is sold via Arena dealerships, XL6 will be sold via the premium Nexa dealerships. To understand its market potential, here’s a quick comparison between XL6 and its rivals. Maruti XL6 vs Ertiga vs Mahindra Marazzo vs Honda BRV.
Design: XL6 is sportier and more masculine, as compared to its sibling Ertiga. Things that immediately grab your attention include the aggressive chrome grille, quad LED headlamps with DRLs, distinctive hood design, LED fog lamps, all-round body cladding, new alloy wheels, and edgy tail lamps. Ertiga also has attractive exteriors, featuring a sculpted look that is designed to stand out. Key features include chrome studded front grille, projector headlamps, multi spoke alloy wheels, sporty fog lamps, 3D tail lamps with LEDs, body-coloured ORVMs with turn signals, and blacked-out B and C pillars for floating roof effect.
Mahindra Marazzo has shark-inspired aerodynamic design and it is built to dominate the roads. Key features include twin chamber projector headlamps, grille inserts that resemble shark teeth, fog lamps with DRLs, electrically operated ORVMs, entry assist lamps, chrome infused door handles, shark fin antenna, stylish alloy wheels, and shark tail inspired tail lamps.
Interiors: XL6 has premium, spacious interiors that are designed for lounge experience. In comparison to Ertiga that comes with standard bench seat in 2nd row, XL6 offers captain seats in 2nd row. XL6 dashboard has attractive stone finished look, which is accentuated by the glossy silver accents. Other key features include leather seats, sporty all-black interiors, leather wrapped steering wheel, and soft touch premium roof lining.
Ertiga has dual-tone interiors, featuring a sculpted dashboard with premium wood finish. Other key features include automatic climate control, 2nd row adjustable AC, comfortable seats, and third-row recliner seats. Mahindra Marazzo interiors are spacious and designed for superior comfort and convenience. Marazzo also comes with captain seats in the second row. Other key features include dual-tone interiors, piano black dashboard, chrome accents, 8-way adjustable driver seat, and leatherette seats.
Dimensions: XL6 and Ertiga have the same wheelbase at 2,740 mm. However, apart from that, XL6 is larger, wider and taller than Ertiga. XL6 measures 4,445 mm in length, 1,775 mm in width and 1,700 mm in height. In comparison, Ertiga measures 4,395 x 1,735 x 1,690 (L x W x H). The biggest MPV in this group is Marazzo that is ahead of XL6 and Ertiga in all dimensional aspects. Marazzo measures 4,585 mm x 1,866 mm x 1,774 mm (L x W x H) and has a wheelbase of 2,760 mm. Honda BRV measures 4453 x 1735 x 1666 with wheelbase of 2662 mm.
Engine and transmission: XL6 is currently offering only a petrol option, powered by K15B Smart Hybrid 1.5-litre engine that churns out 103 hp of max power at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm of max torque at 4,400 rpm. The BS-VI compliant engine is mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Ertiga is also using the same engine, but it does not offer automatic transmission option. Mahindra Marazzo currently does not come with a petrol option. It has a 1.5-litre diesel engine that generates 121 hp of max power and 300 Nm of max torque. The BS-IV engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Honda BRV gets 1.1.5 liter petrol and 1.5 liter diesel engine.
Safety: All three MPVs have several common safety features such as dual airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensor, engine immobilizer, high speed alert, door ajar warning, central locking and child seat anchorages.
Price: XL6 will be available in Zeta and Alpha trims in the price range of Rs 9.80 lakh – Rs 11.46 lakh. Ertiga petrol is the most affordable MPV in this group, priced in the range of Rs 7.55 lakh – 10.06 lakh. Marazzo diesel variants are available in the range of Rs 10.35 lakh – Rs 14.76 lakh.
It’s quite clear that XL6 is better than Ertiga in terms of design and styling, features and the option of automatic transmission. Customers looking at top-spec variants of Ertiga are likely to consider XL6 as an upgrade option. However, unavailability of diesel variant may be a constraint for some customers, as running cost will be higher with the petrol engine. In addition to Marazzo, XL6 will also be competing with Toyota Innova Crysta.