Maruti Suzuki India is working to launch the 2018 Ertiga on the Indian market soon. The all-new car has been seen testing on Indian roads numerous times with heavy camouflage but it has been already launched in Indonesia. Here are all the things that you wanted to know about the Ertiga.
Smoother petrol engine
The all-new Ertiga gets an all-new engine developed by Suzuki. The current 1.4-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine is replaced with the 1.5-litre K15 engine. The new engine produces more power and torque than the current one. On the Indonesian market, it produces a maximum of 104 Bhp and 138 Nm and an Indonesian blogger who drove the car told IAB that the all-new engine is much more smoother than the 1.4-litre petrol unit.
More fuel efficient
The all-new Ertiga is based on the all-new HEARTECT platform that also underpins the all-new Swift, Baleno and the Dzire on the Indian market. The new platform is extremely lightweight and increases the performance and the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. Despite having a larger and more powerful petrol engine, the fuel efficiency has gone up and in real life, it returns around 14 km/l. The 1.3-litre diesel engine will also return more efficiency.
Improved ride quality
The all-new Ertiga gets a new suspension set-up. The new suspension with the lighter body make it much more comfortable than the current model, which is on sale in India. The MPV now absorbs the bad road surfaces much more efficiently and gives a more comfortable ride to the passengers.
The all-new Ertiga has increased in size but due to the new platform, which is much lighter and agiler than the older version, the handling improves by a great deal. The all-new Ertiga’s steering becomes lighter at slower speeds, which makes it easier to handle in the city traffic. All new Suzuki cars on the HEARTECT platform get better handling and the Ertiga will not be any different.
The all-new Ertiga has become larger in size, which translates into better cabin space. The Indonesian blogger describes that the headroom and the shoulder room have improved by a great deal in the first row and the second row. The third row is much spacious than the previous generation of the vehicle. There is also more luggage space than the current Ertiga that is available on the Indian market.
The Ertiga is one of the best-selling MPVs in India. With the updates, it will get more safety features as standard. On the Indonesian market, the price has gone up by Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 19,000 depending on the variants. The all-new Ertiga in India is expected to get a similar price hike when it is launched.
Will get a rugged version
The all-new Ertiga will also get a crossover version that looks much more rugged than the regular model. It will get a 360-degree body cladding and new bumpers to give it a much more rugged look. The car may also get distinct visual changes like contrasting coloured mirrors and blacked-out roof for a floating effect.
The all-new Ertiga’s interiors are similar to the one we see in the all-new Dzire. The fascia is inspired by the Dzire and gets a wooden insert and a floating SmartPlay screen. It also gets a flat-bottom steering wheel with wooden inserts. The car feels much more upmarket than the current generation of the Ertiga that is available on the Indian market.
Just like the all-new Swift and the all-new Dzire, the all-new Ertiga will get an AMT automatic transmission with both the petrol and diesel engine options. With the increasing demand for the automatic cars in India, Maruti will launch the AMT version of the MPV. The AMT will keep the price low and will give the choice of owning an automatic vehicle regardless of the engine choice.
Maruti Suzuki India is planning to sell the all-new Ertiga through the Nexa exclusive sales channel. The Nexa channel currently offers Ignis, Baleno, Ciaz and S-Cross at the moment. The Ertiga will become the first MPV to be sold through the Nexa sales channel. It is not known if Maruti will continue to offer the current version of the Ertiga on the Indian market to cab operators. The current-gen Ertiga may get sold through the regular Maruti Arena sales channel.