Maruti is working on a slew of next-generation cars like the Swift and the Ertiga. The Swift will be launched soon in the market while the all-new Ertiga is still a few months away. The all-new MPV has been caught testing again. Like the previous test mules of the vehicle, the all-new Ertiga is heavily camouflaged to hide the body. We may see the pre-production model at the 2018 Auto Expo but the launch of the MPV is expected to happen only in the second half of this year.
Ertiga is one of the best selling MPVs in India and is one of the favourite choices of the families. The new Ertiga will receive heavy updates starting from the platform of the vehicle. Like the all-new Dzire, the Ertiga will be based on the new Heartect platform that underpins the Baleno, Dzire and upcoming Swift. From the spy pictures, the Ertiga seems to have a larger cabin size than the current version. It may mean that the last row passengers will get little more legroom than the current vehicle.
Even though the engine options are expected to be same, the new platform will make the all-new Ertiga a lot lighter than the current generation. It will mean better fuel efficiency and better performance too. The handling is also expected to become better.
The all-new vehicle may follow the same design philosophy as the new generation Maruti Suzuki vehicles. We may see a large chrome border grille in front with horizontal slats in it. The headlamps are expected to be updated with projectors and LED lamps. The DRLs are also expected to be integrated to the headlamps. On the inside, the car will get updated dashboard and seats.
The 1.4-litre petrol engine is expected to be the same. For the diesel engine, Maruti is working on a new 1.5-litre unit. The new engine is expected to be seen on the new Ertiga. However, Maruti may continue to offer the 1.3-litre diesel engine that is offered to the current generation of the vehicle. We may also see AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) with the new Ertiga.