Maruti Suzuki has a facelifted Ertiga MPV waiting in the wings. The latest set of spyshots reveal that the Ertiga gets a chrome heavy front end, replete with a revised front grille, chrome surrounds for the fog lamps and a reprofiled bumper. Apart from these changes, there is little else to discern the facelifted model from the current version. The Ertiga Facelift is expected to be launched in the next few months, just in time for the MPV’s 3rd anniversary in India. The minimal camouflage indicates a near-launch ready car. Expect minor feature changes on the inside, in keeping with the overall mild theme of the refresh.
Under the hood, the same 1.4 liter K-Series petrol (94 Bhp-130 Nm) and 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel (89 Bhp-200 Nm) engines will do duty on the Ertiga Facelift. A rumour doing the rounds on the interweb suggests that Maruti Suzuki is looking at the automated manual transmission option for the MPV, which also has a four speed automatic torque converter gearbox offered on the Indonesia-spec variants. Currently, five speed manual gearboxes drive the front wheels of the petrol and diesel Ertiga MPVs sold in India. The MPV is sold as a seven seater.
Competition in the MPV space in the country will increase in the coming months. While the upcoming Datsun Go+ will operate in a segment that the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will not need to bother about, the same cannot be said about the Renault Lodgy, which is a much larger MPV than the former. If Renault prices the Lodgy well, sales of the Ertiga are bound to get hit. Therefore, a mid life makeover for the Ertiga comes at just the right time, serving to keep the buzz around the Maruti MPV alive. In terms of pricing, the facelifted Ertiga is expected to be priced similar to the outgoing model.
Spyshots courtesy GaadiWaadi on Twitter