Suzuki has finally let the curtain fall on its secret vehicle. Meet the XL6, this is the high-riding version of the Ertiga MPV. It now has a more SUV like appearance but despite this Suzuki is still willing to call it an MPV.
While its rivals like the Toyota Rush and Honda BRV are marketed as SUVs, Suzuki made the choice to market the XL6 as an MPV similar to that of the Mitsubishi Xpander. The XL6 sticks to its MPV roots as it shares underpinnings with its lower riding sibling the Ertiga. It looks like Suzuki wants to duel it out with Toyota, Honda, and Mitsubishi for a piece of the sporty-looking MPV market.
Comparing this lifted vehicle to the Ertiga, it features an entirely new front-end that raises the hood. This gives the car a more aggressive stronger look to it paired with an imposing stance. Suzuki is also introducing a new “cross-bar” design element that sweeps into the LED headlights of the vehicle it gives it a bolder look. The XL6 rides on all-black alloy wheels further adding to the vehicle’s bold stance to make it look more like an SUV.
Inside the XL6, however, it features seating for six. It is an unconventional seating arrangement as each row gets two seats, this is compared to its rivals that usually get seating for three for the second and third row. The XL6 also features an all-black interior with a stone-like finish. This new interior design scheme replaces the wood grain accents found in the Ertiga. The second row features captain’s seats which are individually reclinable but can be made to recline and slide with one touch to offer entry into the third row. Aside from this the rest of the interior is similar to that of its Ertiga brother.
Features for the XL6 include ventilated cup holders to help keep your drinks cool during hot weather. The vehicle also features accessory sockets in all rows, to make sure no one gets left out of their charging needs. The XL6 also has a dual A/C system so that everyone can benefit from the aircon.
Under the hood, however, the XL6 uses the same K15 engine as the Ertiga. This powerplant produces 103 hp and 138 Nm of torque. Transmissions that are available for the vehicle are either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. For safety, the XL6 features dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, Stability control with hill-hold function. For those worrying about parking, worry not as the XL6 comes with reverse parking sensors as standard.
Suzuki has been on a roll this 2019 as it was able to rank 4th during the month of July and currently ranks fifth overall for year to date sales. Sadly there is no news yet if the XL6 will enter the Philippine market. But we will keep you updated once Suzuki Philippines releases details about it.