Several weeks ago, pictures of what appeared to be the SUV version of the Suzuki Ertiga popped up on the internet. Looking a lot like the XL6 that was revealed over in India, the MPV gets a different name as it is called the XL7. That's because unlike the Indian version which has captain seats, the one over in Indonesia has a bench-type seat for the second row.
Now, Suzuki has officially announced that they will begin producing the XL7 at the Cikarang Plant in Indonesia. Not only that, the automaker also said that the new XL7 will be exported to surrounding Asian countries, as well as to Latin America.
With it, we can expect Suzuki Philippines to offer the XL7 in the not so distant future. With the Toyota Rush, Mitsubishi Xpander, and the Honda BR-V already popular with car buyers, the XL7 may be what Suzuki needs to boost their sales even further.
While official specifications of the XL7 for the Philippine market have yet to be released, we do have an idea of what it may have once it's officially launched in the country. Looking at the version offered over in Indonesia, the XL7 will be longer, wider and taller than the Ertiga. It measures 4450mm long (+55), 1775mm wide (+40), and 1710mm tall (+20). Wheelbase remains the same at 2740mm although thanks to the increase in ride height, the XL7 20mm more ground clearance at 200mm.
As for mechanicals bits, the XL7 gets its power from the same 1.5-liter K15B engine found in the Ertiga MPV. It produces 104 PS along with 138 Nm of torque, and can be mated to either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearbox. It also comes with the following safety features: anti-lock brakes, dual airbags, hill-hold control (also called hill-start assist), electronic stability, as well as rear parking sensors.
In terms of amenities, the XL7 could have similar equipment levels with the Ertiga. From an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, engine start-stop button, steering wheel audio controls, and power outlets on all rows of seating, the XL7 will have quite the list. Let's just hope that we get what the Indonesians have as well.