Maruti Suzuki’s Ertiga Cross: What it could look like

Last week, Maruti Suzuki was spotted testing a heavily camouflaged version of the Ertiga MPV, which is likely to be the Ertiga Cross variant. The Ertiga Cross will be more butch looking than the 2nd generation, regular version of the MPV. It’s expected to get revised styling on the front and rear, and also have better street presence. In the past few months, there have been indications that the Ertiga Cross would be a top-end model in the Ertiga range, both in terms of features as well as creature comforts. It’s likely to pack in a six seat layout, in three rows. This means comfortable captain seats for all six occupants of the MPV. Meanwhile, here’s a render that shows what the upcoming Maruti Ertiga Cross could look like.

Maruti Suzuki’s Ertiga Cross: What it could look like

Render courtesy IAB

As the render indicates, the Maruti Ertiga Cross will get new headlamps that are narrower than what the current Ertiga features, a totally different front grille and bumper design which come together to give the front end an aggressive stance, new alloy wheels, cladding that runs across the front and rear bumpers and also the sides of the MPV, roof rails that add a few inches to the height of the Ertiga – again serving to make the MPV look more butch. On the inside, all-black interiors are likely, along with additional features to give the Ertiga Cross its range topper credentials. Under the hood, we expect things to be more or less the same in terms of engines and gearboxes on offer.

The petrol engine will be a 1.5 liter K-Series unit with 104 Bhp-138 Nm. This engine is supplemented by a mild hybrid electric motor. The diesel powered Ertiga is likely to move to the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder unit that Maruti Suzuki recently introduced on both the Ciaz and Ertiga. This motor makes 94 Bhp-225 Nm, which makes it more torquier than the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet motor (89 Bhp-200 Nm). For the petrol engines, gearbox options could include the 5 speed manual and a 4 speed torque converter automatic with the petrol engine and a 6 speed manual with the diesel engine. The Ertiga Cross is likely to make its debut in India by the end of this year, as Maruti Suzuki’s last big launch of the year. Expect prices to start from Rs. 10.5 lakhs. When introduced in India, the Ertiga Cross will be an unique offering. No other car maker has introduced a crossover version of an MPV, and the Ertiga Cross promises to be one of its kind.