Maruti Ertiga MPV SPIED testing ahead of India launch

Maruti Suzuki is busy testing the second generation Ertiga MPV on Indian roads, ahead of the people mover’s launch here later this year. The all-new Ertiga is expected to be launched in India by the end of this year, just after Diwali. Here is a new video that shows a couple of uncamouflaged Maruti Ertiga MPVs being put through their paces ahead of launch.

As the video indicates, the new Maruti Ertiga seems to have grown in size, and this can be confirmed considering that the MPV is already on sale in Indonesia, and has grown significantly larger in terms of dimensions. The MPV will also get totally fresh styling, and looks more mature and grown up compared to the first-gen model. The new Ertiga will use the HEARTECT platform, which it’ll share with the likes of the Swift and Dzire.

The new MPV will be a seven seater, and interior dimensions are likely to grow significantly thanks to the overall larger dimensions. Roof mounted AC vents will be standard even on the second generation Ertiga, and the MPV will get completely revised interiors. From the dashboard and features on offer to the colour schemes, the new MPV will be significantly different from the outgoing model.

Mechanically, Maruti will replace the 1.4 litre K-Series petrol engine of the first-gen version with an all-new, 1.5 litre K-Series motor with 104 Bhp-138 Nm on tap. The bigger engine will get 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox options. The new petrol motor is also expected to get the Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) mild hybrid unit.

The diesel engine on the new Ertiga is likely to be the tried and tested, 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged unit with 89 Bhp-200 Nm. A 5 speed manual gearbox will accompany this gearbox. Eventually, Maruti is expected to phase out the 1.3 diesel in favour of a brand new, 1.5 litre turbo diesel, developed in-house. However, the new diesel engine is said to be at least a year away.

Via TanvirAlam