All new Maruti Ertiga 2018 was caught testing on Indian roads with the new 6-speed manual transmission for its diesel variant. The engine is also rumoured to be swapped with an in-house developed 1.5-litre diesel engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard. Recently Ertiga received some limelight with the launch of its new Limited Edition MUV with minor exterior and interior changes. Also, some anticipations were fulfilled last month with the launch of Suzuki’s new MPV launch in the Indonesia region.
The new Ertiga is supposedly 99 mm longer, 40 mm wider and 5 mm taller than the ongoing model, with the ground clearance being on slightly lower end as well. The increased dimensions with aid in making more space for the occupants inside, clearly an advantage for Maruti, while some cosmetic changes to keep the car’s design modern, sticking by the latest trends.
Talking about the exterior changes, the MPV gets a new sharper grille up-front, accompanied with new LED projector lamps. The front bumper and the hood are redesigned to be sleeker than the bland ongoing variant, with added sporty body lines, enlarged rear overhang, overhauled rear end with tail lamp assembly showing high resemblance with the Volvo’s XC90. Adding to its sportiness, the car gets new 15-inch alloy wheels, along with a restyled rear bumper and blacked out D-pillar. The changes are subtly done, yet for the best, as the car needed such modifications desperately to be more noticeable by non-commercial buyers.
The interior of the car, however, is completely new and redesigned for the purpose, sharing no resemblance whatsoever with the Swift or the Dzire, who both share a very similar cabin. The appealing light shades of colours used in the cabin design makes it feel fresh and roomier than it actually is. The first thing to notice in the new cabin is a thick wood trim, that runs across the entire width of the dashboard, giving it a luxurious feel, linking the top and bottom sections of it. The latest touchscreen infotainment system is embedded in the middle of the centre console, which is ergonomic as well as functional and we’re expecting the support of both Android Auto and the Apple CarPlay.
The new Ertiga also gets much-needed upgrades under the hood and is now powered by a more powerful 1.5-litre VVT four-cylinder petrol engine, replacing the old K-series 1.4-litre engine. The petrol engine churns out a maximum power output of 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm of peak torque delivered at 4,400 rpm, while the power is transferred to the wheels via a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission options. The diesel gets upgraded in the powertrain with a 1.5-litre diesel engine that is developed in-house, effectively replacing the overused, but peppy and efficient 1.3-litre DDiS Fiat-sourced multijet engine. The spy pics confirm the use of the 6-speed MT for the diesel variant, making it highly efficient for long drives.
In terms of safety, to meet the revised norms, the MPV will offer safety features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and dual front airbags as standard across all the trims. The new 2018 Ertiga is expected to come at the similar pricing option, and if the prices are raised, it is expected to be a very nominal value.