Maruti Suzuki will update many of their cars this year. One such car is the XL6. According to Carwale, the Maruti XL6 Facelift will launch on April 21st. We have tested some spy shots of XL6 facelift on Indian roads.
The mule that was seen in the test was completely disguised. We hope it gets the Nexus new grill we saw at Baleno. It will get a new set of alloy wheels. We can also get redesigned headlamps and tail lamps which will still have LED units.
The interior of the XL6 facelift has not yet been seen. But we hope it will get a new upholstery design and new materials. The dashboard could be redesigned considering a new 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system that we saw at the Baleno. The instrument console can get improved graphics and a new steering wheel.
The list of features will be more or less the same. There will be cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, multi-information display, push button to start / stop the engine, keyless entry, idle engine start / stop and much more. We hope that the Maruti Suzuki XL6 will add a 360-degree parking camera and head-up display to the facelift as now Baleno has got it too.
So far, the XL6 is only sold as a 6-seater which means it comes with a second-row captain’s seat. It gives the feeling of air in the cabin. According to some media rumors, Maruti Suzuki may also offer a 7-seater version of the XL6 in the Indian market this time. Suzuki is already offering a 7-seater version of the XL6 in overseas markets, they call it the XL7.
The engine will remain the same so it will be a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder unit that produces 105 PS of maximum power and 138 Nm of peak torque.
If the exterior is not significantly modified, it will be the gearbox that the XL6 will see the biggest change. It is now expected that Maruti Suzuki will eventually replace the old 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission with a new 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The new gearbox has more gears which means better fuel economy because revs will be slower at triple-digit speeds. The current 4-speed auto is quite old because it debuted in 2003 with the Grand Vitara XL7. The current transmission also does not get sports or manual mode.
It is quite understandable why Maruti Suzuki has chosen torque converter over other types of automatic gearbox. The reason is that the torque converter is the oldest form of an automatic transmission, which means it is the most reliable. Suzuki itself is known for reliability and the new 6-speed torque converter unit is unlikely to go wrong.
The new gearbox will move faster and respond faster than the current transmission. The current 4-speed auto is said to be one of the smoothest automatic gearboxes in the segment, where it lacks the number of gears and a few features. In addition, the new gearbox manufacturer could help meet the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE 2) rules that will take effect in April 2022.