A new 7 seat MPV was spied on the Greater Noida Expressway near Delhi. The car is said to be a Maruti, and is most likely a replacement to the Ertiga. The spyshots show the alloy wheels clearly, and this design is generally used on Maruti cars. The spyshots also reveal that the car isn’t very wide but is quite tall. This is an indication that it could be a MPV rather than a SUV.
Maruti is working on a new Ertiga that will replace the present model by the end of 2018, or maybe early 2019. The MPV is very popular in India. The new Ertiga will be based on the new Swift platform (HEARTECT). It will be lighter, with new styling and may even get new engine options.
The lightness is expected to increase fuel efficiency and performance. We have already seen this happen on the new Dzire (which uses the HEARTECT platform). The same is likely on other cars like the new Swift and Ertiga, which will also use this platform.
Suzuki is said to be working on a new 1.4 liter turbocharged diesel engine. This engine may be first used on the Ertiga before it makes its way into other Maruti cars like the Swift and Dzire. Similarly, a new petrol engine with a 1.5 liter capacity is being developed by Suzuki. This engine will have turbo and non-turbo configurations. The petrol engine will be first used on the Ciaz.
Since the Ertiga does not have the limitation of measuring under 4 meters in length, the new petrol engine will also be offered on the new MPV. The Ertiga is also expected to be offered with a CNG option. Maruti may also increase the wheelbase of the new Ertiga to offer more space for the passengers.
Presently, the third row of the Ertiga is quite cramped, and only kids or small sized adults can sit comfortably there. In the new model, this may be remedied. Since testing has begun, unveiling could happen next year, with the launch following that.
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