In a few months from now, Maruti Suzuki will launch the 2nd generation Ertiga MPV in India. However, the first generation version of the Ertiga will not be discontinued from the market. Instead, Maruti Suzuki will offer the first-generation Ertiga as a cab-only model. The first-generation Ertiga will be given the Tour badge, similar to what Maruti has been doing with the Dzire compact sedan. The Ertiga Tour will be a cut price model, meant exclusively for the cab operator market. It’s likely to be offered with the 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet turbodiesel engine and the 1.4-litre K-Series petrol-CNG dual fuel engine.
The all-new, 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will soon go into production in India. The MPV will continue to be a 7-seater, but has become much larger than the outgoing model. The new Ertiga is a full 99 mm longer than the outgoing model. The new MPV is based on the HEARTECT platform, with significant weight reduction.
It’s expected to be peppier and punchier than the outgoing model thanks to the lower weight involved. Also, the petrol engine of the new Ertiga will be a larger, more powerful 1.5-litre K-Series unit with 106 PS and 138 Nm. The petrol motor will get 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter automatic gearboxes.
The new Ertiga will also get totally revamped interiors. It’s expected to get roomier on the inside, thanks to the larger overall dimensions. The new Ertiga will continue to be a 7 seater though. The diesel engine on the new Ertiga is likely to be the same 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet unit with 89 Bhp-200 Nm, and a Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) mild hybrid. While the diesel motor doesn’t get more power and torque, the lower weight of the new Ertiga could give it better pick-up and fuel efficiency. The all-new Ertiga is expected to be slightly more expensive than the one it replaces.