Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch the all-new Ertiga MPV on the 21st of November, 2018. The MPV has already started reaching Maruti dealerships across India, and dealers have begun accepting bookings for the new people mover. Here are a bunch of newly-released teaser videos of the MPV.
As the teaser video indicates, the all-new Maruti Ertiga will get a totally revised design that makes it look quite upmarket. Projector headlamps and a new grille design will be the major highlights on the front end of the car. The rear will also get a distinctive design. Even of the profile of the MPV has changed.
The all-new Maruti Ertiga is based on the HEARTECT platform, which it shares with the likes of the Maruti Swift and Dzire. This platform sharing will allow the new Ertiga to be very light due to the extensive use of high tensile, light weight steel all across the vehicle.
The new Ertiga is larger than before, with its length and width increasing. However, the wheelbase will remain unchanged. The MPV will be offered with an 7 seat capacityas standard, with three row of seats one behind the other.
The driver and co-passenger will get captain seats while the rest of the occupants of the MPV will have to share bench seats. Notably, the new Ertiga retains the roof mounted rear AC design of its predecessor. Apart from this detail that’s a carryover from the older model, the interiors of the new car are totally revised. They seem to be inspired by the Maruti Dzire, especially the faux wood insert on the dashboard. As for mechanicals, there will be major changes in the new car.
The all-new Ertiga will be India’s first MPV to get hybrids both on the petrol and diesel variants. However, these hybrid will be micro hybrids and not full-hybrids, which means that they will assist the engine during acceleration rather than functioning independently to propel the MPV. The petrol engine is an all-new item, and we saw it first in the Maruti Ciaz Facelift. The 1.5 liter K-Series unit makes 104 Bhp-138 Nm, and gets 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox options.
The diesel engine remains the 1.3 liter multijet unit from Fiat, with turbocharging. The diesel engine’s outputs remain unchanged at 89 Bhp-200 Nm. The new Ertiga is expected to be more fuel efficient than ever before thanks to the mild hybrid, and the weight savings. Airbags and ABS will be standard safety features across the range, along with other additions such as reverse parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat mounting points, speed alerts and seatbelt reminders. As for pricing, the new Maruti Ertiga is expected to command a slight premium over the outgoing model. However, prices are still expected to start from under Rs. 7 lakhs.
The new Ertiga will compete against the recently launched Mahindra Marazzo – which is larger and priced higher. There is no direct competitor to the Ertiga in the MPV segment that also challenges it pricewise. So it is expected that the new Ertiga will be a troublefree run – the question is, will it hit the Marazzo, and if yes, how hard.