It is likely that the Maruti Ertiga Cross, which will be a six-seater model based on the company’s popular MPV, will be sold through the Nexa dealership
The wait is about to get over. Soon, Maruti will have a more premium version of the high-selling Ertiga that, until now, was expected to launch as the Maruti Ertiga Cross. Now, however, it looks like the new model would go on sale under a new brand name when it launches in India on August 21.
The new model, which will be essentially a plusher, six-seater version of the regular Maruti Ertiga. However, it will carry a slightly different styling theme, which will be courtesy of a revised front-end that would have a bigger, chrome-infused grille and a new set of headlamps with LED DRLs. The purported Maruti Ertiga Cross would even get a higher ride height and additional body cladding to have a rugged appeal.
Inside, the Maruti Ertiga Cross will feature two captain seats for the middle row and a bench seat in the third row. Combined with the front two seats, the new model will be capable of carrying six occupants. All the major interior components, like the dashboard and the steering wheel, would be retained.
However, the Maruti Ertiga Cross will have a more premium look owing to new colour schemes and availability of higher kit. The new model is expected to feature the SmartPlay Studio infotainment unit that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has a more intuitive interface than the SmartPlay unit available on the top-spec Ertiga.
Powering the Maruti Ertiga Cross will be the company’s 1.5-litre petrol engine from the Ciaz and the Ertiga. The engine benefits from SHVS mild-hybrid technology and is available with two transmission options – 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque-converter automatic. The new-age motor produces a maximum power of 104.7 PS and a peak torque of 138 Nm.
The Maruti Ertiga Cross will command a premium over the regular version, which will be due to its more rugged look and a better-appointed cabin. Also, buyers of the new model will benefit from the company’s Nexa-range of premium dealerships, which feel a tad more upmarket than the Arena outlets through which the Ertiga is sold.
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