We earlier told you that Maruti Suzuki plans to launch a new luxurious version of the Ertiga MPV. This version will have 6 seats with the mid row traded for captain seats. Also, the company plans to sell it via the premium Nexa dealerships. The render below gives a fair idea of how the six-seater luxury Ertiga would look like. The design of this render is based on the speculation that the upcoming Ertiga would also be more rugged and called as the Ertiga cross. This is something that has not been confirmed and many sources suggest that the Indian spec 6 seater Ertiga will not have many changes on the exterior.
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According to the render above, the bumper has been upgraded to give the MPV a more tough look. Black cladding now runs across the lower edge of the car all around while the front end also gets skid plates. The top has been blacked out to give the MPV a more sporty look while the sides get silver skirt highlighting. Going by the render, the rear end would also receive an updated more rugged bumper. However, the headlamps which have been given a retouch in this render will be the same in the production-spec model.
A bigger change will be made in the interiors which will come with a Toyota Innova Crysta type captain chairs in the middle row. The asking price of this new Ertiga will also be higher than the rest of the lineup and it will only be available in the highest trim level, equipped with all the bells and whistles available on the regular Ertiga and then some. Maruti may even look at snatching customers from the Mahindra Marazzo, which is seeing quite decent sales since its launch.
Below is another render that is a different take on how the Ertiga Cross might turn out to be like. It gets similar cladding all around the body along with roof rails and other elements aimed to make it more rugged.
Apart from the exteriors and interiors, the Ertiga cross will also come equipped with the all-new 1.5-litre diesel that the company has been developing since some time now. The 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine is expected to produce around 95 Bhp of power and 225 Nm of peak torque. It will not get the SHVS mild hybrid system but is expected to offer a similar, high fuel efficiency just like the 1.3-litre SHVS versions of the Ertiga and the Ciaz. This engine will also be BSVI ready and the company will update it to comply with the norms next year. The company will also launch this engine on the Ciaz and regular Ertiga in the coming months, which will make them ready for the upcoming stricter emission norms.