The launch date for the premium version of Maruti Ertiga is nearing and the model will be officially called the XL6 in the Indian market. Now the company has released a teaser for the upcoming MUV that also features Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh. Singh is also the brand ambassador for the Ciaz sedan which is sold through the NEXA dealerships of the brand. The upcoming XL6 MUV will also be sold via the same upmarket NEXA dealerships of Maruti Suzuki. The upmarket version of Ertiga will come with a bunch of changes that will distinguish it from the normal Ertiga and it will be targeted at the customers who want a more premium MPV experience but do not want to spend a lot. While the pricing of the XL6 will be revealed in the upcoming time, we can comfortably estimate that the maker will not price the upcoming MUV a lot higher than the Ertiga MPV.
The biggest change that one will see on the upcoming XL6 MUV will be rejig in the seating department. The current Ertiga sold in the market is a 7-seater car, but in order to keep the cabin spacious and more upmarket the maker will offer six seats on the XL6. These seats will be offered in the 2-2-2 layout and will comprise of captain seats in the middle row. This will be something similar to what is seen on the Toyota Innova Crysta in the Indian market.
The new XL6 is also supposed to be more premium from inside. Apart from the increased space and the presence of captain seats in the MUV, one can also expect to see the usage of premium materials inside the car. This will give the cabin an upmarket feel and will also keep the experience inside the XL6 different than that of Ertiga MPV. The new XL6 will also be sold via the more premium NEXA dealerships of the brand, unlike the Ertiga MPV which is sold via Arena dealerships.
As already stated, the new version of Ertiga is only expected to come with aesthetic and feature changes and the maker is not expected to make any changes in the engine department of the MPV. In fact the maker recently discontinued the 1.3L diesel version of Ertiga in the Indian market and the upcoming XL6 will be a petrol only MUV. The company will equip the upcoming version of Ertiga with a mild-hybrid 1.5L petrol engine rated to deliver 104 Bhp and 138 Nm. This petrol mill will come paired to a 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox.