The new Ertiga sports a sharper design, more features and a new petrol powertrain.
Revealed in Indonesia two months ago, the second-generation Ertiga is expected to launch in India around this year’s end.
Further proof of Maruti readying the new Ertiga’s India launch are these spy photos, which show a heavily camouflaged prototype of the MPV undergoing tests in New Delhi. While we could not get the front photos of the test mule, the basic silhouette of the vehicle combined with the partially visible tail lamps confirm that this indeed is the new Ertiga.
For its second-generation, the Eriga is 130mm longer, 40mm wider and 5mm taller than its predecessor, which should surely translate into better interior room. The car is based on Suzuki’s latest Heartect architecture, which now underpins a wide range of the company’s vehicles.
Aesthetically, the 2018 version gains wider headlights and grille, while the new bumper is sharply sculpted with bold C-shaped surroundings for fog lights. The new rear now features Volvo-esque L-shaped lights – a part of which is also seen on this test mule.
In Indonesia, the new Ertiga has debuted with a brand new 1.5-litre petrol motor, which produces 104bhp of power and 138Nm of torque. In India, we expect this new engine to debut on the facelifted Ciaz first. Diesel motor will likely be borrowed from the current Ertiga.
The current Ertiga has been an immensely popular car in India, both in private and cab sectors. Therefore, it is not surprising to see Maruti trying to bring the new model to our shores as soon as possible.