Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) will launch an all-new version of its Ertiga MPV later this year. The Ertiga has been very popular not just in the Indian car market but also in Indonesia. No surprise, then, that the company has been testing the next-gen MPV in both the countries. Here’s a video that shows a new-gen 2018 Maruti Ertiga test mule driving on Indonesian public roads.
The next-gen 2018 Maruti Ertiga (codename- YHA) will launch around August this year. While the test mules of the new model have been under a heavy camouflage, it can be easily seen that the upcoming model is dimensionally larger than the current version. Thanks to the larger dimensions, the new 2018 Maruti Ertiga will offer more interior space. With a bigger size and more spacious interior, the Ertiga will try to fill the void left behind by the old Toyota Innova. As observed in the various spy images that have come out, the rear overhang is now much longer. Hence, the new car is likely to offer more space to passengers in the third row of seats. Also, the front-end of the new MPV will likely look bolder due to an in-your-face grille and a higher stance.
The new 2018 Ertiga will also offer new engines. The current 1.4-liter K-series petrol motor could be on its way out to make space for a new 1.5-liter M15A engine that will offer a higher performance. More importantly, the Fiat-sourced 1.3-liter Multijet diesel engine will be replaced with an indigenously developed 1.5-liter turbo-diesel motor. The latter will be BS6-compliant. Both these engines will also make it to the upcoming Maruti Ciaz facelift. Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) will end its huge dependence on the Fiat-sourced 1.3-liter Multijet motor with the introduction of the Suzuki 1.5-liter oil burner. The new model Ertiga will rival the upcoming Mahindra U321 MPV and the slow-selling Renault Lodgy. Prices are likely to start at roughly Rs 8 lakh.