Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the country’s largest-selling car manufacturer, has been busy readying the second-generation of the Ertiga MPV. The all-new MPV will launch in India in coming months and here are 10 things you should know about the new 2018 Maruti Ertiga.
Several reports claim that the new Ertiga will launch in August this year. Various spy images have shown that the company could be in the very last phase of testing of the upcoming MPV. All this means that Maruti could be actually planning to launch the new MPV in coming months. The speculations of an August launch date can’t really be ruled out at the moment.
Underpinning the new Ertiga will be the same lightweight HEARTECT platform that made its debut on the new Baleno. The same platform also underpins the Swift and the Dzire. Now, even the next-gen Ertiga looks all set to benefit from the various advantages that a lightweight platform brings along.
Larger in Dimensions
The many spy images that we’ve seen so far reveal that the new Ertiga will be considerably larger in dimensions than the outgoing model. The new car looks quite larger than the existing model. The rear overhang seems to have grown in length and the same can be said about the overall width and height. Also, a crossover-ish variant is expected to join the regular model in a while.
More Standard Safety Features
The new Ertiga will offer many standard active and safety features. Firstly, the lightweight HEARTECT platform will offer a higher structural rigidity. Moreover, ABS and airbags will be standard across all the variants. Even ISOFIX child seat mounts will be offered on the new Ertiga. All this should make the car considerably safer than its existing version.
The new Ertiga will offer many more features. Safely expect the top-end models to get LED DRLs with projector headlamps. Also, the car will offer the Smartplay AVN infotainment system that will support both Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
More Interior Space
The larger dimensions will enable the Ertiga to offer more cabin space. The larger rear overhang points towards higher legroom in the third row of seats. The wider track should also translate into more cabin space. The increase in space will help the new Ertiga find some more takers. It will also make the Ertiga a more profitable option for many fleet-operators.
The Ertiga 2018 is expected to get new petrol and turbo diesel engines. The petrol motor is likely to be the M15A unit that produces more power than the outgoing 1.4 liter K-Series unit while the diesel will be a new, in-house unit developed by Suzuki. Additionally, Maruti will likely offer an AMT on both the engine options. With this, the new Ertiga will become the only MPV in its price range to offer an automatic gearshift option on both petrol and diesel engine variants.
Thanks to a considerable reduction in weight, the Ertiga will end up offering a higher mileage. It’s not known if the diesel model would retain the SHVS micro-hybrid system but a lower weight and some tuning of the engine could be enough for a slightly higher mileage.
There are good chances that the new Ertiga will sport an evolutionary design that will retain the DNA of the current model. However, the larger dimensions and a more pronounced beltline will make it look a lot bolder. Even the front-end, which will likely have a more in-your-face appearance, will help the new Ertiga enjoy a higher street presence.
The new Ertiga will try to fill the void left behind by the last-gen Innova. This means that the Ertiga will have to face competition from cars like the Renault Lodgy and the upcoming Mahindra U321. Out of these two, the Lodgy is pretty much a dud-seller and hence, it’s the upcoming U321 MPV that will become the real rival to the new Ertiga.
Renders courtesy IAB