The all-new Maruti Ertiga is days away from an official unveil. The MPV will be revealed at the 2018 Indonesia Motor Show on the 19th of April, which is less than a week away. Here is a very realistic render of the all-new MPV based on the various spyshots floating about on the internet. As the render reveals, the all-new Ertiga will be distinct from the new Swift and Dzire models, with which it shares the HEARTECT platform.
The high-tensile, light-weight steel used in the HEARTECT platform will ensure that the new Ertiga is lighter yet stronger than the current model. This should translate into better fuel efficiency and peppier performance. Mechanically, the new Ertiga will come with a slew of changes. Both petrol and diesel engines will be new units, and the 1.4-litre K-Series petrol and the 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet diesel motors won’t be carried over.
The new petrol motor is expected to be the M15A, 1.5-litre-4 cylinder unit borrowed from the international S-Cross. This engine produces 108 Bhp-140 Nm, and gets 5-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic transmissions on the international S-Cross. It’s expected to be carried over to the new Ertiga, with minor spec changes.
The diesel motor will be an all-new 1.5-litre- 4-cylinder turbocharged unit developed by Suzuki. Details remain sketchy for now. On whether the new Ertiga will receive an automatic gearbox on the diesel trim remains to be seen even as a manual gearbox is more or less a certainty. The new Ertiga is likely to be slightly larger than the outgoing model, and will retain the 7-seat layout.
The larger dimensions could translate into better space on the inside of the new MPV, something that buyers will appreciate. The new MPV is said to borrow interior design from the new Dzire, which suggests beige trim with faux wood inserts, and a SmartPlay infotainment system on the centre console. Maruti is expected to launch the new Ertiga in India by the festive season of this year.
Apart from the regular variant, a butch-styled, crossover version of the MPV is also in the works. The more muscular version of the new Ertiga is likely to arrive sometime next year. Prices of the new 2018 Maruti Ertiga are likely to be similar to the outgoing variant, with a slight premium. A sub-6.5 lakh rupee starting price is likely. A CNG variant could also be introduced for specific markets in India.