After several months of speculations and spy shots, the Maruti Suzuki XL6 was finally launched in the Indian market yesterday. The XL6 has been positioned as a more premium offering compared to the Ertiga on which it is based. To make the product differentiation certain, it is sold through the Nexa dealerships, not the Arena dealerships. Here's a comprehensive comparison between the XL6 and the Ertiga.
On the outside, the XL6 has a more premium design which appeals to a more niche set of audience. It gets a unique looking black hexagonal grille at the front with twin chrome slats which bridges in between the sharper headlights, chunkier front bumper, re-positioned front fog lamps, faux skid plates, black cladding on the lower body, silver garnish on the rocker panels, silver roof rails and restyled rear bumper. The company has made use of all these styling elements in a way that the XL6 look more rugged as well as premium compared to the Ertiga which look basic in all sense. The Ertiga, even though more polished in the second generation, looks rather utilitarian relatively.
The company has given the XL6 a number of eye-catching unique features such as quad-LED headlamps, all-black alloy wheels, roof rails, all-black interior, captain seats on the second row compared to the bench-seats in the Ertiga, it also gets third-row reclining seats, 7-inch SmartPlay Studio touchscreen with smartphone connectivity, leather seats and cruise control.
While the Ertiga is available in a total of 10 variants including six petrol variants (Lxi MT, Vxi MT, Vxi AT, Zxi MT, Zxi AT and Zxi+ MT), three diesel variants (Vdi, Zdi and Zdi+), and one CNG (Vxi), the XL6 only comes in four petrol variants - Zeta MT, Zeta AT, Alpha MT and Alpha AT.
The Maruti XL6 gets the BS-VI compliant K15B 1.5-litre petrol engine which works tandem with the Progressive Smart Hybrid technology as standard. This system generates 105 PS of maximum power and 138 Nm of peak torque. 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic are the transmission choices. The Maruti Ertiga is available with a CNG variant of this engine also, and the BS-IV compliant E15A 1.5L diesel engine that produces 70 kW (95.17 PS) and 225 Nm of torque. The diesel engine comes linked to a 6-speed MT.
In terms of dimensions, the XL6 is 4,445 mm long, 1,775 mm wide and 1,700 mm tall. Compared to the Ertiga, it is longer by 50 mm, wider by 40 mm and taller by 10 mm. The wheelbase is the same - 2,740 mm. The boot space of both the models with all three rows up and the third-row folded is 209 litres and 550 litres respectively. However, folding the second-row and third-row seats both frees up 803 litres in the Ertiga but only 692 litres in the XL6.
Maruti Suzuki XL6 vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga - Dimensions
|Maruti Suzuki XL6||Maruti Suzuki Ertiga|
|Length||4,445 mm||4,395 mm|
|Height||1,700 mm||1,690 mm|
|Width||1,775 mm||1,735 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,740 mm||2,740 mm|
The prices of the Maruti XL6 range from INR 9.80-11.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The prices of its donor model, the Maruti Ertiga, range from INR 7.55-11.21 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).