Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL), the country’s largest-selling carmaker, has been once again spotted testing the upcoming XL5, a premium version of the WagonR that will be sold through the Nexa retail chain of the company. The XL5 was predicted to be launched in the first half of the ongoing calendar year but it looks the pandemic situation has led to a delay in the introduction of the vehicle.
However, going by the latest set of spy images that have surfaced the cyberspace, it looks like the company is now in final stages of testing the upcoming model before it launches the vehicle in the market. The manufacturer was recently caught testing the XL5 on NH8 in Gurugram and, as you can see, the upcoming model continues to sport heavy camouflage, which is something that should remain a constant until the new model makes its public debut.
The Maruti XL5 will be based on the WagonR, which means the silhouette will remain unchanged. However, there will be many new soft parts to help the upcoming model boast a distinct identity. The front-end, for instance, will feature hood-level DRLs, main beams at a mid-level and fog lamps at a lower level. The multi-tier lighting arrangement is something that we’ve already seen on many SUVs, including the likes of MG Hector and Tata Harrier. Furthermore, the upcoming model will have re-worked bumpers and a new set of alloy wheels that will be borrowed from the Ignis. These will measure 15-inch in diameter. The rear-end will also look different and will carry a different set of tail lights.
Inside, the Maruti XL6 will get the same cabin design and layout as the WagonR. However, it will get some new features, such as an automatic climate control unit and a 7.0-inch touchscreen unit that will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car will also get a multi-function steering wheel and more premium upholstery.
The Maruti XL5 will get its juice from an electric motor that should be powerful enough to help the car with a top speed of roughly 120 kmph. Also, the new model is expected to have a driving range of roughly 400 km. The motor will come mated to a single-speed transmission. Other than this, the car is also expected to be available with a 1.2-litre K12B petrol engine that will produce 82 bhp and 114 Nm of maximum power and peak torque, respectively.