New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga gets updated exterior courtesy of the sharper design; has bigger dimensions compared to the outgoing model
Maruti Suzuki is expected to launch the new generation version of the Ertiga MPV in August this year and its trial runs are well underway as evident from the spy images in recent months. The Indo-Japanese automaker sells the Ertiga currently in 12 variants with two engine options and no major changes are likely in that department except for some tweaks to improve fuel efficiency as frugality is a key selling factor for MSIL.
The 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced DDiS diesel engine could be replaced by the in-house developed 1.5-litre unit at a later stage of its lifespan. The bigger changes compared to outgoing model lie in the way it looks and the associated underpinnings. The dimensions have certainly grown as the new MPV is longer as well as wider and to accommodate more space inside the cabin, the rear overhang has been extended as well.
The rear glass windscreen area is more rakish to supplement the overall design revisions and ensure more room on the inside. We suspect Maruti Suzuki is looking to lure in more premium buyers with additional interior space and that could result in increase in number of variants with more safety and technological features.
The exterior has received substantial styling revisions as well with a more focussed front fascia. The headlamps have become more angular and the number of grille slats has been increased with the Suzuki logo positioned in the middle. The air inlets on the lower bumper look the same as existing model but the fog lamp housing is sharper and aligns well with the front end.
In short, the family-focussed exterior of the existing Ertiga is ditched in favour of a more youthful design with sleeker design cues. Apart from the slightly modified alloy wheel design as you can see in our spy pictures, the side profile is left unaltered but Maruti Suzuki seems to have spent time to coordinate the rear end as well with the front.
It has led to an updated tail lamp design standing in cohesion with the overall profile. The new Ertiga’s introduction could spearhead a slew of launches from Maruti Suzuki this year including the facelifted Ciaz and seven-seater WagonR.