2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga features substantially revised exterior and interior along with a new 1.5-litre SHVS petrol powertrain
Maruti Suzuki has lined up its next big launch of the season as the all-new Ertiga is being prepared to make its official debut on November 21 and reiterate its position as the best-selling affordable MPV in the country. The largest carmaker in India now has the recently launched Marazzo to think about as it has garnered over 10,000 bookings in just 45 days.
The second generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is not just a minor makeover to extend its lifecycle but rather a substantial upgrade that has been well-received in markets overseas. Having made its world premiere at the 2018 IIMS (Indonesia International Motor Show) in April, the new Ertiga has been spotted several times over the last year or so, and now we have the production-spec undisguised version for your viewing here.
In the wake of averaging around 4,400 units every month in the past one year, Maruti Suzuki will be hoping to set even higher targets with the new-gen MPV. Build on the lightweight Heartect platform that also underpins the successfully running Baleno and Swift, the 2018 Ertiga does get bigger dimensions compared to the outgoing version.
Amidst sticking with the same wheelbase of 2,740 mm, the upgraded Ertiga measures 99 mm longer, 40 mm wider and 5 mm taller enabling addition room on the inside for occupants. However, the bootspace reduces by 32 litres in the process and the ride height by 5 mm to probably ensure better driving dynamics.
The presence of lighter and flexible Heartect architecture could bring up improved handling characteristics on the new Ertiga as well. The major highlight of the 2018 Ertiga is the thoroughly restyled exterior with slimmer headlamps, chrome highlights on the sportier grille, wider air inlets, reworked bonnet structure, new character lines and a compact rear end with XC90 inspired tail lamps, etc.
The changes can very well be seen on the pictures of the top-end model posted here and it rides on 15-inch wheels with same design as in Indonesia. The existing 1.4-litre petrol will be replaced by the 1.5-litre K15B four-cylinder SHVS unit debuted in the Ciaz facelift and the more powerful motor makes 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm of peak torque delivered at 4,400 rpm.
It is connected to a standard five-speed manual or four-speed automatic unit. The 1.3-litre DDiS 200 diesel engine making 90 PS and 200 Nm will continue until Maruti Suzuki eventually pulls the plug on it right ahead of the April 2020 deadline for BSVI norms. The heavily revised interior shares plenty in common with latest Maruti Suzuki vehicles sold in India especially Dzire.
The top-of-the-line variant will boast Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, layered dashboard and centre console with upmarket material finishes including faux wooden trim, automatic AC, cruise control, chrome door handles, flat-bottom steering wheel and so on.
Bookings appear to have begun unofficially for Rs. 10,000 at dealerships and we expect prices to be quoted at around Rs. 7 lakh to Rs. 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
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