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April 22, 2022

Suzuki Adds Hybrid Power, 6AT For 2022 XL7

After giving the Ertiga a minor styling refresh and a revised powertrain for 2022, Suzuki has now done the same with its SUV-derivative, the XL7.

Shown in India, where it’s known as the XL6 (it has second row captain seats), the 2022 XL7 gets minor aesthetic tweaks such as the new grille, smoked taillights with LED light guide, tailgate garnish, and revised two-tone alloy wheels.

But while the design changes aren’t that drastic outside, inside the XL7 adds new creature comfort features. It gets ventilated front seats, a revised instrument cluster with a built-in eco indicator, a 360-degree camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system among others.

Moreover, mechanically, the XL7 also benefits from the same improvements found in the Ertiga. With that, the K-Series (K15C) now gets Suzuki’s Smart Hybrid system. The mild-hybrid system bumps up the power and torque figures to 103 horsepower (from 100 horsepower) and 136 Nm of torque (from 130 Nm). It also has idle start-stop functionality built in as well. This is then mated to a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters and cruise control.

In terms of safety, the XL7 gets four SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, and electronic stability control with hill hold assist as standard.

Since India is the refreshed XL7 launch market, it would probably take some time for these updates to appear in the ASEAN region. Given the competitiveness of the small 7-seater SUV segment over here, adding a few, or all of these features could add some spice into the mix.


  1. If Suzuki Ph is not yet ready to release the Ertiga and XL7 w a hybrid system, at least the company should offer to Filipinos the said vehicles w a 6-speed AT. And since they are family vehicles, w at least 6 airbags.

    1. Agree if they can just prioritize that airbags it will be a better choice. But i doubt since suzuki philippines always cuts a lot in features for better profit. Bahala ka sa buhay mo consumer

  2. This, the avanza, rush and the xpander's power, tapos underpowered daw yung 1.5 NA ng hrv.. 😑

  3. BR-V would be the same level for Rush, Xpander Cross and XL-7. Yes some of these maybe under powered to haul 7 pax. I think HR-V and BR-V have same engine. If new gen BR-V (7 Str) is lighter than new gen HR-V (5 Str) then 1.5L Honda engine being under power should not be an issue. Old or new gen may still carry same old BR-V engine.

  4. Suzuki apv should bring back the automatic transmission and much cooler aircondition for better comfort to its passenger 🙂

  5. They should put the K15C engine in the APV for the benifit of the budget conscious consumers.


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