2021 Maruti XL5 prototype spotted getting tested yet again
After launching the XL6 (Ertiga-based premium 6-seater MPV) and the S-Presso last year, Maruti Suzuki is now developing another wannabe SUV, rumoured to be the 'XL5'. Though it shares some visual attributes with the Wagon R and some publications have even reported it to be the Wagon R EV, but it is most-likely the upcoming XL5 which is expected to go on sale towards late-2020.
As against the Maruti's tallboy hatchback, the upcoming XL5 seems to be sporting larger 15-inch alloy wheels that come borrowed from the Maruti Ignis. Also, its upright stance and high ground clearance are not to be missed.
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Though the thick camouflage over the test mule smartly manages to hide away all the necessary details, but it is safe to assume that the car will feature a unique front-end with split headlamps, muscular bumpers and fog lamps. Coming over to the back, it will get high-mounted stop lamp and tail lamps, both will be LED units.
Some of its cabin features may include a SmartPlay studio touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, multi-function steering wheel, MID unit and an auto climate control.
As far as engine options are concerned, the Maruti XL5 will most likely be plonked with a BS 6-compliant (K12M) 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine which is known to push out 82.94 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. The engine will be hooked to a standard 5-speed manual or an optional 5-speed automated manual transmission.
It will most likely be launched towards the late-2020. As far as pricing goes, it may be placed somewhere in the bracket of ₹5 lakh to ₹7 lakh (ex-showroom). It will reportedly be sold through the company's premium NEXA chain of dealerships, just like the Maruti XL6.