After making its debut in the Indonesian market earlier this year, the Suzuki XL7 has just been introduced in Thailand. The 7-seat MPV which is essentially based on the 6-seat Suzuki XL6 of India will go against the likes of Honda BR-V and Mitsubishi Xpander in the Thai market.
The Thai-spec Suzuki XL7 MPV is powered by the same 1.5 liter K15B engine as available with the Indonesian-spec versions that generate 104 hp of power and 138 Nm of torque. The VVT engine is paired to a 4-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the front wheels. As per reports, the 4AT’s final ratio has been tweaked to improve fuel economy, and there is a larger front anti-roll bar to improve handing.
Suzuki XL7 MPV
The XL7 sports an SUV-inspired rugged look, with full plastic claddings & skid plates, roof rails, and 16-inch dual-tone wheels. The front fascia features LED headlamps with LED DRLs, dual-bar radiator grille, as well as LED combination tail lamps. The rear is impressive too with dynamic L shaped lights, roof spoiler, windshield wiper and rear diffuser.
The list of features include 10-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay compatibility & HDMI port, multi-info color LCD display with G-force map and real-time power/torque meters, carbon fiber-style trim, flat-bottomed leather steering wheel with audio/call buttons, keyless entry and push start, auto air-conditioning and a cooling vent for the front cup holders. Safety features include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, hill-hold assist, ESP, Isofix child seat mounts and reverse camera.
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Despite fruitless sales, Pak Suzuki has been dragging the APV since 14 years but has never considered launching the newer Ertiga 7-seater in our market. However compared to the sedate looking Ertiga, the new Suzuki XL7 does have a strong potential to create problems for the Honda BR-V, but it only depends on whether Pak Suzuki is really interested to give Honda a tougher time in this segment.