The facelifted Maruti Suzuki Ertiga MPV will be launched in India by the middle of this year, with recent reports pegging a June 2015 time frame for this vehicle’s launch. A completely uncamouflaged image of the MPV has leaked onto the interweb. The MPV will get tweaked front and rear styling, and the leaked spyshots clearly depict the front end of the car, which looks very similar to CarToq’s render that was put out a few weeks ago.
Chrome is the name of the game as far as the Ertiga Facelift is concerned, with dollops of the shiny stuff up front. The grille gets thicker and heavy on chrome and so do the fog lamp inserts. The front bumper is restyled, and the same treatment is expected on the rear bumper as well. A chunky chrome strip on the hatch lid will round off the shiny new exteriors of the facelifted MPV – a best seller in its category.
The alloy wheels assume a different form to add more freshness while other bits of the MPV’s outside remain untouched. The Ertiga was launched in 2012, and nearly three summers have passed. With new competition – read the Chevrolet Enjoy, the Honda Mobilio and the upcoming Renault Lodgy – the Maruti Suzuki badged people mover needs fresh appeal. The facelift aims to deliver just that.
On the inside, the Swift Facelift is expected to be the MPV’s inspiration in terms of additional features. From a push button start button to a Bluetooth equipped infotainment console and fresher seat fabric, the Ertiga Facelift is likely to benefit from a bunch of feature additions. A slightly higher price tag could be the result of all these changes, but Maruti Suzuki is expected to play it conservatively when it comes to the price hike so as to not put off buyers.
In terms of engines and gearboxes, the 1.4 liter K-Series petrol (94 Bhp-130 Nm) and the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel (90 Bhp-200 Nm), with 5 speed manual transmissions will be standard fare. An automated manual transmission (AMT) could be added to the diesel powered version of the Ertiga Facelift, as a segment leading feature that could possibly knock the wind off the competition’s sails.
Spyshots courtesy GaadiWaadi on Facebook