Maruti Suzuki is gearing up to launch its next model for India, the Ertiga-based XL6 6-seater, on August 21, 2019. The company will sell the XL6 via its Nexa dealership chain, unlike the standard Ertiga which continues to be retailed via Maruti's Arena showrooms.
What we can confirm now is that the Ertiga-based XL6 will be sold in two variants. Some of the key features will include individual captain seats for the second row, full LED headlamps and LED daytime running lamps, LED tail-lamps similar to the Ertiga, an all-black interior, height-adjustable driver’s seat and a rear wash-wipe function. And as reported by us earlier, both variants will get the SmartPlay Studio infotainment system. The top-spec Alpha variant will get a reverse camera, leather seats and cruise control on the inside, and dual-tone colour scheme and black alloy wheels on the outside.
Sources also tell us that Maruti Suzuki will offer the XL6 with two gearbox options from launch. The BS6-compliant, 1.5-litre petrol engine will come with Smart Hybrid fuel-saving tech and can be mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
The Maruti Suzuki XL6 will get a more upright nose with a flatter hood, and a new trapezoidal grille design with dual chrome strips at the centre. The front bumper will sport a chunky look with unique design elements below the headlamps. There won't be a sunroof but it will be fitted with roof rails. The XL6 will share its doors and tailgate with the standard Ertiga but expect a slightly raised ride height and body cladding across the wheel arches, sides and at the back.
While the official market launch of the XL6 is still some time away, Maruti Suzuki Nexa dealers are likely to open bookings officially in the coming days.
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