Remember seeing the bold-looking sketches of Suzuki's answer to the Toyota Rush, Honda BR-V, and Mitsubishi Xpander? Well after teasing the motoring public several weeks ago, Suzuki has officially unveiled the 2020 XL6 in India.
Touted by the company as a premium MPV, the XL6 is a six-seater, high-riding version of the Ertiga. It gets a completely-different front fascia, captain-style seats at the second row, as well as some unique features.
As seen from the sketches, the XL6 gets a more SUV-like appearance thanks to a raised hood, bigger front grill, and new headlight design that features LED lighting. It also gets front and rear faux skid plates, as well as a rugged-looking front bumper which complements the MPV's rough ensemble. Further adding to its more imposing stance are its black body cladding on the wheel arches and foglight surrounds, new-style rear bumper, and 18-inch black alloy wheels.
As far as dimensions are concerned, the XL6 measures 4445mm long, 1775mm wide, 1700mm tall and has a 2740mm wheelbase.
An all-black interior greets the occupants inside the XL6 which Suzuki claims to deliver a more upmarket look and finish. Touches of silver accents, along with stone-like and faux wood grain trim pieces provide an air of sophistication inside the XL6. But perhaps the most important feature inside the MPV are the captain-style second-row seats that come with built-in armrests. In addition, getting in and out of the third-row is now easier thanks to a one-touch recline and slide mechanism on the second row.
Other available in-car amenities inside the XL6 include: full leather upholstery, flat-bottomed steering wheel, touchscreen infotainment with smartphone connectivity, ventilated cup holders, charging points on all rows of seats, and front and rear air-conditioning. With the rear seats deployed, the XL6 can carry 209 liters worth of luggage. Fold down both the second and third row seats and it can hold 692 liters worth of cargo.
Like the Ertiga, the XL6 is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that puts out 103 PS along with 138 Nm of torque. However, the XL6 benefits from Suzuki's Smart Hybrid Tech which essentially makes this high-riding MPV a mild hybrid. Available transmissions for the 2020 XL6 include a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic.
Will the Suzuki XL6 be making its way to the Philippine market soon? With the Toyota Rush, Honda BR-V, and Mitsubishi Xpander the only ones competing in that particular segment, this could be Suzuki Philippines' chance of spicing things up in the market. Fingers crossed Suzuki actually brings in the taller & posher Ertiga to the country.