MPVs are hardly the cars people buy for speed. Instead MPVs are purchased to comfortably move families along with a full complement of luggage. However, car makers do offer sportier versions of MPVs in many parts of the world. While some choose to only offer sporty styling, others go the full monty and throw in a more powerful engine and stiffer suspension. While Maruti Suzuki has generally stayed away from offering high performance variants of regular cars in the Indian market, what’s wrong with dreaming, right? Well, here is a render showing what a sporty new Maruti Ertiga Turbo based on the all-new, 2018 model will look like.
The render indicates taler wheels, a lower stance and of course, a body kit that makes the Ertiga Turbo look quite sporty. Now, turbo means that the engine also needs to be worked on considering the fact that the all-new 2018 Suzuki Ertiga gets only a naturally aspirated, 1.5-litre K-Series petrol engine. Since the MPV is based on the HEARTECT platform, which it shares with the new Swift Sport, the latter’s 1.4-litre BoosterJet turbocharged petrol engine with 140 Bhp and 230 Nm promises to be a straight fit. This engine gets 6-speed manual and automatic options on the Swift, and the same could even be offered on the new Ertiga. Well, if only Maruti or Suzuki decide to build something like this.
For now, we do know that Maruti Suzuki will launch the all-new, 2018 Ertiga MPV in India sometime during this year’s festive season that’ll start from August. The MPV will be joined by a more butch, crossover-ish variant sometime in March 2019. While the petrol Ertiga will use the 1.5-litre K-Series engine with 106 PS and 140 Nm, the specifications of the Ertiga Diesel are yet to be revealed. The MPV is likely to command a slight premium in price over the outgoing model. Prices of the new Ertiga are likely to start from well under Rs. 7 lakhs. The Ertiga will continue to be a 7-seater in the Indian market.