To be based on Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform, the new Maruti Ertiga will be lighter, fuel efficient and safer than current car.
Launched in 2012, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has always been favoured for its practicality, spacious cabin and efficient engine setup. This 7-seater MPV became an instant hit among buyers. In 2015, the company introduced the Ertiga facelift with minor cosmetic updates and a SHVS hybrid diesel engine. Now, the MPV is all set to enter into its next-generation by the end of next year. Based on the new Heartect platform, the new Maruti Ertiga 2018 will be bigger, lighter and safer than the current model.
Maruti Suzuki has begun testing the new-generation Ertiga in the country. The prototype of the vehicle has been caught on camera multiple times. The spy pictures give a glimpse of what 2018 Maruti Ertiga will look like. Besides this, the engine details of the car have also been leaked on the web. According to reports, the new model will get Maruti’s ingenuously developed 1.5L, 4-cylinder diesel engine.
– New HEARTECT platform
– 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
– New climate control
– Rear AC vents
– Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
– Dual Airbags
– ABS + EBD
– Remote keyless entry
– Push start-stop button with smart key
– Auto headlamp with follow me home & led me to vehicle functions
The new generation Ertiga MPV is, currently, in its initial testing phase. MSI might preview a near-production concept of the MPV at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February. If reports are to be believed, the new model might hit showrooms in the second half of 2018. Read: New Maruti Dzire 2017 – All You Need To Know
|Minimum||Rs 7 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 10 lakh|
Available with two engine options, the current generation Ertiga comes in the price range of Rs 6.03 lakh – Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Sporting new design bits, advanced features, new stiffer platform and bigger proportions, the MPV’s new model could be priced a tad higher than the outgoing car. We expect that the new Maruti Ertiga 2018 price in India might fall between Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom). Read About – New Maruti S Cross | Maruti Ciaz 2018
While the current model of the MPV is built on the extended version of the Swift platform, the new-gen Ertiga will use Suzuki’s new HEARTECT platform. The latter one also underpins the new-gen Dzire and Baleno. This fifth-generation Heartect platform uses high tensile steel that not only makes it lighter, but help it enhance efficiency and safety quotient of the vehicle. On the design front, the Maruti Ertiga 2018 will share most of its features with the new-gen Swift.
Face of the car could be revised with projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, hexagonal mesh-grille and restyled bumper. Save for the new alloy wheels, ORVMs and door handles, the side profile will look largely similar to the current model. Round the back, the 2018 Maruti Ertiga will get new wraparound tail-lamps, new spoiler, bumper and shorter windscreen. Check Out – Upcoming New Maruti Cars In India
Inside, the 2018 Maruti Ertiga MPV might see a new design layout giving it a more premium appeal. The material quality might also be classed-up. Features such as newly designed dashboard, new three spoike steering wheels with mounted controls and new door and floor panels could also be on offer. The new model will get Suzuki’s new touchscreen infotainment system with 7-inch display, which could be compatible to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features will include new automatic climate control, new HVAC controls with circular vents, rear air-conditioning vents, etc. Read – New Maruti Swift To Launch At Auto Expo 2018
|Petrol||1.4L, 1.0L Boosterjet or 1.5-litre|
|Diesel||1.3-litre MJD or Suzuki’s 1.5-litre|
Under the hood, the 2018 Maruti Ertiga MPV might retain the existing engine setup. The petrol variant of the current model features a 1.4-litre unit pushing out 94bhp of power and 130Nm of torque. The diesel version uses the tried and tested 1.3L MJD + SHVS unit generating a peak power of 89bhp and 200NM of torque. Rumour also has it that the MPV’s new-gen model might debut with 1.5-litre diesel. This powertrain could also be used in the Ciaz facelift. However, nothing concrete on the same has been revealed. With higher duties on hybrid cars post GST, the next gen Ertiga would miss out on SHVS technology. Read – This is the fastest Maruti Ertiga
Speculations also suggest that Maruti could opt for more powerful petrol engine. Instead of the existing 1.4L unit, the 2018 Maruti Ertiga could feature Suzuki’s new 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol engine that also powers the Baleno. This powertrain is good enough for 100.5bhp of power and 150Nm of torque. Few media reports suggest that Maruti could also fit the new 1.5-litre petrol engine in the Ertiga. Transmission options are likely to include a 5-speed manual and an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) unit.
The new Maruti Ertiga 2018 will be lighter and more fuel efficient than the current car, thanks to the Suzuki’s new generation platform. The MPV’s petrol version is likely to return around 20kmpl of mileage, while the diesel model could deliver around 25-27kmpl. Check Out – Suzuki Ertiga Dreza Pictures & Details
The latest spy shots reveal that the 2018 Maruti Ertiga could be bigger than the current model. Designed on the Heartect platform, the new-gen model is likely to have more cabin space to offer. Maruti might also address the third row legroom issue of the current model. Featuring 7-seats layout, the MPV will continue to offer enough legroom for the front and second row passengers. The flat seat and a near-flat floor body will comfort the centre passenger. Features such as 2 DIN MP3 audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, second row seat armrest, touchscreen audio with navigation, second row AC, and steering mounted audio and calling control will add more to its comfort and convenience levels. Read – Maruti Ertiga Based Crossover Under Development
Ertiga is one of the well-packaged cars in its segment. With 7-seats layout, the car offers enough space for first and second row seats passengers. The bigger proportions will create more legroom for the third row occupants, which is slightly congested in the current model. The boot space might also be increased. There will also be multiple storage compartments.
Aiming to improve safety quotient of the MPV, Maruti might offer dual airbags and ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) as standard on the carline. Currently, these features are available only on the top-end model of the car. It will continue to feature rear parking sensor and camera, seat belt reminder with buzzer and height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioner and force limiter. Suzuki’s new Heartect platform will also make the new model stiffer and safer than the current one.
The Ertiga is one of the top-selling utility vehicles from the Indo-Japanese carmaker in India. The MPV’s new model will surely be a lot better product than the current generation. It will carry an all-new design with bigger proportions. Interior is likely to be more spacious and feature-loaded than the existing one. Material quality, fit and finish could also be improved. Sharing its platform with the Baleno, the 2018 Maruti Ertiga will be lighter, safer and more fuel efficient than the current model. With all these attributes, the new Ertiga will surely appeal buyers looking for a spacious and efficient family car.
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