MPV battle royale: New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga vs XL6 vs Kia Carens

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Maruti Suzuki is set to introduce mid-life updates for its two MPVs (Ertiga and XL6) in India soon. The manufacturer dominated the segment for quite a long time with the Ertiga, and the XL6 was introduced in the country as a slightly more premium six-seater alternative to the previous one. However, the MPV segment has recently welcomed a completely new offering – the Kia Carens.
The Kia Carens is packed with goodies and has managed to put decent numbers on the sales charts since its arrival. Can the Kia MPV disrupt the dominance of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and XL6, or will the facelifts of the two Maruti Suzuki cars help them extend their market supremacy? Here is a comparison between the three cars to help you find the answer to this question –
Design
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and XL6 facelifts are expected to retain their overall design with some subtle changes to give the cars a fresh look. The Ertiga will likely be fitted with an all-new grille up front, while a new front bumper could also be seen along with a new set of sleek alloy wheels. The same changes should also be made to the XL6 facelift, but with unique elements. It will retain its muscular look on its 7-seater sibling with plastic cladding all around, roof rails, a slightly flatter nose and bonnet, and fake skid plates.
The Kia Carens has a slightly busy front end with split LED headlights and what Kia calls a “digital grille” with the signature tiger face. At the rear, the Carens is fitted with wrap-around Y-shaped LED taillights linked together by a bar. The chrome embellishment on the lower portion of the rear bumper gives the rear of the Carens a heavy, proportionate look.

Powertrains

Auto Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and XL6 2022 facelifts Kia Carens
Engine 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol NA 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol NA/
1.5 liter four cylinder diesel/
1.4 liter four-cylinder turbo petrol
Able 105 PS 115 HP/
115 HP/
140 PS
Couple 138Nm 144 Nm/
250Nm/
242Nm
Transmission 5-speed MT, 6-speed AT (new) 6-speed MT/
6-speed MT, 6-speed AT/
6-speed MT, 7-speed DCT

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and XL6 facelifts will feature a new 1.5-liter Dual VVT four-cylinder engine with mild-hybrid technology. The engine will likely be offered in the same state of tune as before, i.e. 105 PS/138 Nm. While the transmission duties will be taken care of by a standard 5-speed manual gearbox, the 4-speed AT will be replaced by a new 6-speed torque converter automatic on both MPVs.
On the other hand, the Kia Carens can be equipped with three different engines – a 1.5 liter four-cylinder NA petrol unit (115 PS/144 Nm), a 1.5 liter diesel engine (115 PS/250 Nm ), as well as a 1.4-liter turbo petrol engine (140 hp/242 Nm). A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while diesel and turbo-petrol engines are also offered with an optional 6-speed AT and 7-speed DCT respectively.

Features
Feature-wise, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and XL6 facelifts will likely come with a larger 9-inch SmartPlay Pro+ touchscreen infotainment system, flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as paddle shifters. of gear change. Features such as smartphone connectivity, automatic climate control, push-button start/stop, electrically adjustable and retractable ORVMs will be retained.
The Kia Carens, on the other hand, has a 10.25-inch touchscreen with connected car technology, cruise control, ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, rear-view camera air conditioning vents for all three rows, one-touch power-assist tumble for the second-row seat, power moonroof, digital instrument cluster, 8-speaker Bose audio system, paddle shifters, and more.
Security
Maruti Suzuki is expected to add new safety features to the Ertiga and XL6 facelifts, including 6 airbags and a 360-degree surround-view camera – both of which were recently introduced with the new Baleno. Safety technologies such as ABS with EBD and brake assist, rear parking sensors, electronic stability program with Hill Hold (AT only), Hill Hold Assist and ISOFIX child seat anchors will also be retained. .
Kia offers the Carens with six airbags, electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring system, hill start assist, hill descent control and disc brakes on all wheels as standard. . Apart from this, the MPV also has a rear parking camera, automatic headlights and wipers and front parking sensors on higher variants.

Price

Auto 2022 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga facelift 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 facelift Kia Carens
Ex-showroom price Rs 8.4 – 11.4 lakh (expected) Rs 10.5 – 12.5 lakh (expected) Rs 9.59 – 17.69 lakh

The Kia Carens is currently priced between Rs 9.59 lakh to Rs 17.69 lakh (ex-showroom). On the other hand, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2022 facelift is expected to cost from Rs 8.4 lakh to Rs 11.4 lakh, while Maruti Suzuki XL6 facelift could cost between Rs 10.5 to 12.5 lakh (all prices, outside showroom). Note that exact pricing for the Maruti Suzuki minivans won’t be confirmed until their respective launches later this month.

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