Exclusive: Maruti Planning Sporty 6-Seater Version Of Ertiga For Nexa

Suzuki Ertiga Sport Concept GIIAS 2018 1

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Cross will be retailed only from Nexa premium dealerships in six-seater version, likely to get sporty body claddings as well

Maruti Suzuki India Limited introduced the long-awaited all-new Ertiga in the domestic market on November 21 and it has received good initial response. The second generation Ertiga is nothing but premium compared to its predecessor and it has been priced diligently between Rs. 7.44 lakh and Rs. 10.90 lakh (ex-showroom).

The leading automaker in the country is aiming to expand the range of the new Ertiga and we are the first to divulge the existence of 6-seater Ertiga. Maruti Suzuki is focussing on capitalising the premium image of the fifth-generation Heartect platform built Ertiga with a six-seater version.

While the regular Ertiga is retailed across more than 2,200 Arena showrooms present across India, the six-seat version is restricted to Nexa and it will rival Mahindra Marazzo.

2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Customised Front 1

We can expect the six-seater Ertiga to be introduced during the course of next year – probably in the second half following the Baleno facelift. No dimensional changes are likely on cards except higher ground clearance, as the standard seven-seat version will be rearranged to 2+2+2 configuration enabling captain seats with added comfort and convenience features.

It could act as the range-topping Ertiga when going on sale and is more likely to have a distinguished exterior compared to the regular model. The spy pictures do not give away anything yet but when the prototype testing evolves, it will eventually shed some light on the visual upgrades.

The more premium Ertiga should get sporty body kit with increased chrome bits and pieces on the outside and may derive influence from the Ertiga Sport concept displayed earlier this year. It could ride on a set of newly designed wheels and the cabin may adorn upmarket embellishments to justify the higher price tag.

It will continue to use the 1.5-litre K15B SHVS petrol engine developing 104.7 PS maximum power and 138 Nm of peak torque. Maruti Suzuki is suspected to only offer five-speed manual transmission with the sportier Ertiga.