Maruti Suzuki has been testing a 6 seat version of the new, 2nd generation Ertiga. This six seat version is said to be high on luxury on the inside while the outside will have butch looks thanks to the addition of body cladding and other muscular styling elements. And it could be called the Ertiga Cross. A report on Overdrive suggests that the 6 seat, Ertiga Cross would be launched in India on the 21st of August, which is about a month and 10 days from now. The launch of the MPV will coincide with the festive season, and is meant to give the MPV’s sales a further boost. Already, the new Maruti Ertiga is a huge hit for the automaker and a best seller in the MPV segment. In fact, the Ertiga has been outselling both the Toyota Innova Crysta and the Mahindra Marazzo in a big way. The latest, 6 seat version seems to come at a time when Renault is preparing to launch a low cost, compact MPV called the Triber.
Apart from the changes in styling and interior seating layout, the Ertiga Cross is likely to be mechanically unchanged. It will be offered with a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated K-Series petrol engine with 104 Bhp-138 Nm on tap, and a mild hybrid powertrain as standard. This engine gets 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox options, and we expect the Ertiga Cross to get both the manual and automatic gearboxes given its range-topper positioning.
As for the diesel, expect the MPV to be offered with the newly developed 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 94 Bhp-225 Nm. The diesel engine gets a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard. The sportier version of the Ertiga will be aimed at those seeking higher luxury and distinctive looks. Clearly, family MPV buyers rather than cab operators will be the intended buyers for the new MPV.
The sportier version of the new Maruti Ertiga is likely to command a price premium of around Rs. 50,000 thanks to the added luxury. Currently, the top-end petrol and diesel variants of the Ertiga sell at Rs. 11.11 lakhs and Rs. 13.25 lakhs, on-road Delhi. A Rs. 50,000 premium would still make it a lot cheaper than both the Mahindra Marazzo and the Toyota Innova Crysta MPVs. The luxurious Ertiga will be sold from Maruti’s NEXA line-up of upmarket car dealerships, which is meant to sell urban centric, youth-focused cars that have an additional dose of premium-ness. It’ll be the first instance of Maruti selling an MPV through the NEXA chain. Keep an eye on this space for more details.