The first-ever Maruti Suzuki XL6 has been the brand’s attempt to cash in on enhancing the relevance of the MPVs. It is preferred apt for the family or a single person. The XL6 retails from the Nexa family, runs on petrol and have been thoroughly tested.
This car model has showcased a new concept in the market. While the other brands have been trying to take the MPV space at 2 ends – value or sheer size, this has been the first compact but serves a premium offering in the segment. The target of the brand is mainly to the individuals as well as family buyers who are willing to take up a car that is functionality, plush as well as have the specification of the tech and connectivity they are delving in.
Sure the management has used SUV-like appeal or design in their product brief about the XL6, but the tagline very firmly calls it a premium MPV. That’s great because that is what this car is all about. I reckon the name comes from it being extra large and a 6-seater – yup those captain seats are standard! And it also references the XL7 – a name Suzuki used in global markets for the long-wheelbase version of the Grand Vitara SUV in the past.
To know it is compact, the new Maruti Suzuki XL6 seems to be a premium derivative of the Ertiga MPV. The XL is the expansion of exclusion which is not extra-large. On the other hand, 6 is for the apt communication that serves to be a six-seater car. Interesting isn’t it! There are other changes implemented both inside and outside. Further addition, there is a distinction to the proposition. It states that Maruti is going to retail the XL6 through its premium Nexa networking. It is a petrol-only engine having BS6 motor. It features with the mild-hybrid tech and has the availability of the choice of manual and automatic transmissions.
The XL6 has got the feels and looks of Ertiga set. It looks to be more rugged in looks. What tends to act to some distinction, there have been modifications done to the front end of XL6. Having a raised bonnet line, a larger and bolder grille and has got a cuss plate. It just gives an SUV like face. What more unique for the looks and feel to this model of XL6 are its full-LED headlights.
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There has been a proper specification of cladding done on the bumpers. Coming to the sides, there is mass to the design and has got a clear visual mismatch with the wheels. Finished in black, the rims are 15-inch punning under the exaggerated wheel arches. it has got the 16-inches of chunkier rubber that works wonders for the XL6’s stance. The roof rails, a rear scuff plate and dual-tone tailgate are the eye-catching elements implemented to the XL6. In comparison to Ertiga, untrained eyes will not be able to spot the differences, at least when you view it from the side and rear.
The availability of colours in XL6 has 6 different spectra. Not only this, you will be able to personalize the look and feel of your car by delving into Maruti’s accessories menu.
On the inside, the XL6 just has the feel of the premium Ertiga. The dashboard and even the dials are carried over right from Ertiga. Here, XL6 has got the theme which is all black in the interior giving it to be a more enhanced and sophisticated look. The faux black ash wood finish with knitted roof lining present with an uplifting experience. Apart from the same another element that is catching the eye is the leatherette upholstered seats. The comfort of the front seat is outstandingly comfortable but is this one different thing. The leatherette is a little firmer in comparison to Ertiga’s fabric seats.
Seat Inside Look
Of course, among the main talk fact about the XL6 is its middle row. The XL6’s middle row seats are easier to get into. You have the best option to slide through further back to making ingress-egress makes it easier. The sear is large coming up with taller occupants where the thigh support is a bit lacking. The seats reclining to a fair degree at the same time. You cannot adjust the position of the armrest which becomes a bit difficult when you are willing to sit back and take some rest. There is another thing that is missing is the massive rear windows. But still, it can be a relaxing feel.
The XL6’s middle-row seats don’t tend to tumble forward. So, you have to make your way to the third row. Just like Ertiga, you will be quite surprised to see the space on offer at the very back. You will be able to find the knee room space, headroom is pretty adequate when it comes to being an average-sized adult. The seating spacing, comfort and zone are pretty nice as the third rows head forward. Handy is the rearmost seat that split and fold to sit flush with the boot floor. It has taken the luggage capacity to 550 litres. Keep into account that the XL6’s middle seats are not as flat as the Ertiga’s.
The launch of XL6 has been in Zeta and Alpha trims giving a pathway to numerous features. Along with the same, the auto climate control, keyless entry and electric fold mirrors have been the top specification of Ertigas. Here in XL6, there is the implementation of LED headlights with DRLs and also has cruise control. The leatherette seats and a reverse camera which is new to the XL6 Alpha trim. It also has the functionality of SmartPlay Studio infotainment unit. It has got a 7.- inch touchscreen-based system which is pretty slick. It has been combined with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Also, you will be able to add Suzuki Connect as an option that has got the e-SIM-base technology that has the specification of geofencing and real-time driving alerts.
Driving Ertiga is the same as driving XL6. Maruti has no changes with the engine or suspension. The petrol engine is 1.5 litres updated to BS6 spec. It has got the feature of mild-hybrid tech with the integrated starter generator and has got a secondary lithium-ion battery pack. The motor assists with heave acceleration but not completely into electric mode.
Starter responses are pretty well if you hold the gear there will be the benediction of the borderline sport from top-end. The engine has got the feature of above 3000 rpm. The mid-range is flat. That means you need to shift down a gear if you planning to overtake Driving is powerful and cruise control supports in maintaining a steady clip. But if drivers are used to torquier turbo-diesels, then they are lacking somewhere.
The model has a 5-speed manual gearbox which is helpful as the clutch has the power too. It offers you with 4-speed torque converter and has got the shifting which is smoother and feels great while driving. The engine gets riled up if the accelerator has the gearbox drop down to a ratio of 1 or 2. The average economy fuel is also less.
The low-speed ride is super comfortable. The suspension rounding off the bumps with ease. XL6 ride on the highway is a smoother and bumpier ride through large potholes at high speed is also the same. The steering wheel has been updated with finer efforts and has a good weight added to it.
All kudos to the SUV-like look and the premium treatment that has been offered. The XL6 has been enhanced way more than Ertiga and also is priced higher. It might have the look of being distinctive with a bigger set or new pattern of an alloy wheel. It could have a better quality of plastic elements and control knobs. Though the negative factors here are not deal-breaker. These days the customers wanting the looks of an SUV and the practicality of an MPV has an option to select from Maruti’s stable. The hassle-free and wide service network of Maruti have been great. Along with it, the bonuses will be the car’s low maintenance and good resale value gained. The absence of the diesel model will pinch the buyers who would have loved the package but a big high on budget.
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This new people’s car has been priced between Rs. 9.79 lakhs and Rs. 11.46 lakhs. It might go up to beat against the Honda BR-V in the Indian Market.
Utsha Roy is an aspiring writer who has been gaining knowledge on various genres. Delving into the different cars and gadget news, she has also engaged herself into showcasing latest vehicles and gadgets news and reviews over Autonmobiles.com
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