Suzuki has revealed its six-seater Ertiga, the new XL6.
Although the XL6 evolves from Suzuki’s popular Uber-MPV platform, it features notably different styling and is a touch longer than the Ertiga.
The XL6 features a new headlamp design, remoulded bumpers, pseudo skid-plates and some cladding around the rear LEDs.
It also rolls 15-inch alloy wheels and measured bumper-to-bumper, the XL6 is 50 mm longer than Suzuki’s current Ertiga.
The most noticeable change inside this new Suzuki is its seating configuration, which features accommodation for six, whilst the Ertiga is a seven-seater. Owners can also have the option of ordering captain’s seats for the middle row passengers, which should yield a significant improvement in comfort for second-row passengers.
Standard features for the new XL6 include cruise control, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, dual front airbags and a touchscreen infotainment system incorporating both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Powering the XL6 is Suzuki’s proven 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, good for 78 kW and 138 Nm. Drive is to the front wheels, via either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The Suzuki XL6 also features mild hybridization, with an integrated starter-generator.
And the name? Well, if you are a dedicated follower of the brand, then you’ll remember the XL7 SUV – and this XL6 is a continuation of that naming lineage, in the form of a compact MPV.
Suzuki South Africa is currently "studying" the possibility of bringing the XL6 to South Africa. We will keep you informed as soon as a decision is made.