Suzuki Indonesia has just unveiled the India-made, next generation 2018 Ertiga MPV at the Indonesian International Motor Show. While this MPV will first go on sale in Indonesia, it will also be launched in the Indian market sometime during August-September. We at CarToq have put together a video that explains all there is to know about the hot, new MPV. Take a watch.
The Ertiga is larger than before dimensionally, and this is expected to make it more roomier. The 7 seat-3 row seating will continue unchanged and so will the roof mounted AC vents. However, the interiors get a brand new design that use some elements similar to the interiors of the new Dzire compact sedan, a car with which the Ertiga shares the HEARTECT platform. The MPV will also get new features such as the Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, push button start, keyless entry and also a new instrument cluster.
Mechanically, we know for sure that the petrol version has changed significantly. The 1.4 litre K-Series petrol engine has been replaced by a more powerful 1.5 litre, which produces 105 PS of peak power and 138 Nm of peak torque. The 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearboxes are carried over. The MPV’s diesel engine is also likely to be replaced by a new 1.5 litre turbocharged unit that Suzuki has developed in-house. If this engine doesn’t make it to the Ertiga, the MPV will continue with the 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet unit producing 89 Bhp-200 Nm.
The other big change that you won’t miss is the design of the MPV. The new Ertiga looks more angular than before, and this gives it a premium, mature look. While it can’t be called a gorgeous car, the design is something that most people will like. Both the front and rear end designs have been given a comprehensive once over. The MPV gets a kink on the C-Pillar, similar to what we saw on the new Maruti Swift. Apart from this polarising bit, the rest of the new Maruti Ertiga’s design is conservative enough for wide appreciation.