Maruti Suzuki is just hours away from launching the all-new Ertiga MPV in India. The second generation model will replace the current Ertiga, and promises to be another hot seller from Maruti. Here are five key things that you can expect from the all-new Ertiga.
The 2nd gen Maruti Ertiga will be launched with two engines, and both of them will be mild hybrids. The new Ertiga is going a step forward from the previous model, which was offered with a diesel mild hybrid while the petrol remained a non-hybrid. The petrol mild hybrid powertrain will be borrowed from the facelifted Ciaz.
The 1.5 liter K-Series petrol produces 104 PS-138 Nm. It’s paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard while a 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox will be offered as an option. The 1.3 liter turbocharged diesel engine will be unchanged, with 89 Bhp-200 Nm outputs.
Larger than the outgoing model
The all-new Ertiga is longer and wider than the outgoing model. This will give the MPV more space on the inside despite the wheelbase remaining unchanged. Boot space has also increased significantly. The three rows of seating, with capacity for 7 adults remain as is. These factors combine to make the new Ertiga more practical than before.
The new Ertiga will be a nicer place to be in, thanks to the all-new interiors that are a big step up from the outgoing model’s insides. Faux wood inserts, a fully revised dashboard design and beige trim come together to make the new Ertiga feel premium. The roof mounted AC vents for the second and third row passengers remain unchanged.
Fuel efficiency is something that Indians really care about. The new Maruti Ertiga won’t disappoint. The MPV uses the HEARTECT platform, which means that the larger dimensions won’t result in a weight penalty. In fact, the new Ertiga is likely to be lighter than the older model thanks to use of high tensile steel. This, combined with mild hybrids, is expected to make both the petrol and diesel versions of the MPV more fuel efficient than before.
Similar price strategy
A value-for-money price tag was one of the key attributes of the outgoing Ertiga. The new model is expected to be no different. We expect prices of the new Ertiga to be very competitive, starting from under Rs. 7 lakhs for the base-petrol model. At this price tag, the Ertiga will undercut all other MPVs sold in India.
As for competition, the Maruti Ertiga won’t have any direct rivals. Pricier alternatives to the new MPV include the Mahindra Marazzo, whose prices start from 9.99 lakhs, and the Toyota Innova Crysta, whose prices start from Rs. 14.63 lakhs. Clearly, the Ertiga will sit at a price point that makes it very attractive to buyers looking for a 7 seater.