The upcoming all-new Maruti Ertiga will make its public debut on the 19th of this month. The new car will be showcased at the Indonesia International Motor Show 2018. Suzuki dealerships in Indonesia have already started accepting bookings for the new car. The India launch, however, will take place only in August. The new Ertiga will share plenty with the latest Dzire. That said, both will have totally distinct identities.
Same HEARTECT Platform
Exactly like the outgoing generation, the all-new Maruti Ertiga will share its underpinnings with the current Dzire sedan. It may be noted here that the latest Dzire and the Swift are based on the lightweight HEARTECT platform, which made its debut on the Baleno hatchback. Thanks to the new architecture, all three of these cars benefit from considerably low kerb weight. This has helped them offer a good mix of performance and mileage. The Ertiga too will benefit from the usage HEARTECT platform. Hence, you can expect the upcoming car to be slightly lighter than the outgoing generation. A lower kerb weight should help the new model Ertiga offer a high efficiency.
The parts they share won’t be restricted to just the underpinnings. The interior of the new Ertiga will reportedly have some similarities with the latest Dzire. The dashboard will be almost identical to what the Dzire offers. It’s said that only the button layout would be different. Safely expect Maruti Suzuki to even offer the same 7-inch Smartplay infotainment unit on the new Ertiga. Other than the layout of the buttons, even the gear lever will be different. It may be noted that the Dzire’s dashboard looks a lot like that of the new Swift. The only difference arises out of the color tone and a different shape for the central aircon vents. The Ertiga’s dashboard will likely offer a similar color tone and air vents.
Completely different set of motors
The Ertiga has always offered more powerful engines than the Dzire. That said, its diesel engine was basically a more powerful version of the 75 PS motor offered in the Dzire. This time, however, the motors will be completely different. While the Dzire comes with the 1.2-litre K12 petrol engine, the Ertiga will offer the Suzuki M15A engine. This motor will likely output roughly 110 PS for the Ertiga, which will make it much more powerful than the 83 PS petrol-powered Dzire. Also, the diesel variant of the Ertiga will be powered by the company’s upcoming indigenously developed 1.5-litre diesel engine that is expected to be a lot more powerful than the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre motor. A more powerful set of engines along with a low kerb weight should make the Ertiga a stronger performer than the Dzire.