Maruti will launch a new Ertiga in India next year. The MPV will be launched sometime around August 2018, which means that it is less than a year from launch. The all-new Ertiga has just been spotted testing in India. It is expected to grow in size on the outside. This will result in roomier interiors. The Ertiga will continue to be a seven seat MPV but will be lesser than the Toyota Innova Crysta in terms of size.
A first look tells us that this new MPV is longer and slightly wider than the outgoing model. The rear overhang is much bigger to give more space for the third row of seats; the additional space is also likely to allow for more cargo room and this is why the windscreen is now raked. The car seems to have larger alloy wheels (mostly 16-inch rims) and a prominent beltline running across the side from end-to-end. Up front, the stance is more upright with a high-set nose and front bumper. The prime reason for Maruti to increase the MPV’s dimensions would be to make it even more practical and competitive in terms of interior room and fill the void left by the repositioning of the Innova Crysta, which has left a gap in the affordable MPV market in India.
It will use a monologue body and will share its HEARTECT platform with the all-new Swift and Dzire models. The HEARTECT platform will decrease weight of the 2018 Ertiga meaningfully due to the use of high strength but lightweight steel in key areas. A lighter weight will mean that the MPV will become more fuel efficient. Pick up is also expected to increase, making the car peppier. The new MPV is expected to use new petrol and diesel engines. The diesel engine will be turbocharged and will be a totally new unit that Suzuki has designed. It will displace 1.4 liters. Power and torque figures are yet to be revealed but we expect it to make more than 90 Bhp and 200 Nm (These are the figures on the present Ertiga). The petrol engine will also be a new unit, displacing 1.5 liters, but it won’t be turbocharged. The facelifted Ciaz will be the first Maruti car to get the new petrol engine whereas the all-new Ertiga will debut the diesel engine.
The petrol and diesel variants of the new Ertiga may be offered with both manual and automatic gearboxes. This is because new car buyers in India are now demanding automatic gearboxes on both petrol and diesel engines. The MPV has been a best vender in its category, ever since it was launched in 2012. Maruti is likely to carry over the same 1.4-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel in the next-gen car. The company is currently developing an in-house 1.5-litre diesel which could come in at a later stage. The next-gen Ertiga from Maruti will take on the likes of the upcoming Mahindra U321 MPV which is also slated to be unveiled soon.