Remember when Suzuki was spotted testing what appeared to be a high-riding version of the Ertiga? Well just a few days after it made the news, the Japanese automaker has officially released the first sketches of the all-new XL6.
Described by Suzuki of featuring a sporty & premium design, the XL6 is essentially a jacked-up version of the Ertiga. But is there more to it besides having more ground clearance?
First let's take a look at what Suzuki changed on its exterior. Unlike the Ertiga's conservative face, the XL6 has a broader, more prominent design. It gets huge headlights, a much bigger front grill with a distinct design, and a different front bumper with a faux skid plate. Also seen on the high-riding MPV are a pair of roof rails which the Ertiga lacks. The rear relatively remains the same, although it does get a different bumper complete with a faux skid plate too.
But what is more intriguring, aside from the fact that it gets a slightly different design, is its seating capacity. Based on an interior photo, the XL6 appears to only have seating for six people. That's right, the second row will only having seating for two instead of the usual three. Given that Suzuki described the XL6 as being more upmarket, perhaps Suzuki also planned in making this posher than the Ertiga.
Powertrain options have yet to be revealed for the all-new XL6. However, we won't be surprised if it's powered by the same 1.5-liter K15B four-cylinder engine. A four-speed automatic, along with a five-speed manual are expected to be the available transmissions for the XL6. A 1.5-liter turbo-diesel version could also be offered but that might be offered only in India.
It is set to make its officialy debut soon in India but what are the chances of it arriving here? According to Keiichi Suzuki, General Manager for Automobiles in Suzki Philippines, there is a high chance of it being offered locally. And with Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi offering the Rush, BR-V and Xpander respectively, the XL6 could come as Suzuki's answer to the trio. Fingers crossed it actually arrives here.