As the launch of the XL6 draws closer, more details about Maruti’s latest premium MPV have started to surface online. As reported earlier, as the product is being positioned as a premium MPV, the XL6 will be retailed via Maruti’s Nexa dealership channel. It will be sold only in two trims, namely Alpha and Zeta.
Alpha and Zeta are typical trim nomenclatures used by Nexa for its entire product portfolio. Other trim options usually on offer are Sigma and Delta, however they have been missed out for the XL6. Talking about the XL6, it is based on the Ertiga, but Maruti will position it as a separate MPV.
On the exterior front, the XL6 comes with a bolder grille, larger full LED headlamps clubbed with LED DRLs, LED taillamps a full-body cladding and a lot more, all of which provides the XL6 a distinctive appearance (when compared with the regular Ertiga). However, most body panels and the overall profile is identical with the standard Ertiga.
Talking about the design of the car, Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, “Maruti Suzuki is ready to roll out the next level of excitement with the XL6, a premium MPV, at NEXA showrooms across the country. Apart from the space and functionality that the customers desire for, the all new XL6 offers a blend of sporty design and premium interiors, which will help it in establishing its niche in the MPV segment.”
On the inside, the XL6 will come with seating space for 6, the highlight being the captain seats in the second row. Interiors will have an all-black theme, adding to the premium quotient. Both the variants, Alpha and Zeta will also get Maruti’s latest SmartPlay Studio infotainment system. The top of the line, Alpha trim will additionally get a reverse parking camera, cruise control, leather seats, black alloy wheels and an optional dual-tone color scheme on the outside.
On the mechanical front, the XL6 will have 2 transmission options from the launch, a 5-speed MT and a 4-speed AT. Power will be drawn from a 1.5 litre BS-VI compliant petrol motor which will have Smart Hybrid fuel-saving technology.
Launch of the XL6 is slated for 21st August, 2019 however dealerships might start accepting unofficial bookings sooner. Official bookings too shall open-up few days before the launch.
Once launched, the XL6 won’t have a direct competitor but will be eyeing for customers who would have otherwise purchased a Mahindra Marazzo or entry-level trims of Tata Hexa, Renault Lodgy and the likes. Pricing is expected to be around INR 12 lakhs, ex-showroom.