2018 Maruti Ertiga MPV: New render shows butch new face

Later this year, Maruti Suzuki will update the Ertiga with an all-new model. The second generation MPV is expected to get a butch look. There is a new render on Instagram that shows what the new Ertiga could look like. Though the new Ertiga will also use the HEARTECT platform that is used by the new Swift and Dzire models, Maruti may go in for completely new front end styling on the MPV.

This is to completely differentiate the MPV from its hatchback and compact sedan siblings. A butch look also suits the MPV segment, and will allow Maruti to sell a ruggedly styled version of the new Ertiga at a slightly higher premium. The new Ertiga is also expected to become larger both on the outside and inside. This could make the vehicle more comfortable for its passengers. It’s expected to continue with 7 seats, in a three row layout.

Since the Ertiga does not measure less than 4 meters in length, it does not need to use smaller engines for excise duty benefits. The new Ertiga is likely to use the M15A petrol engine, which displaces 1.5 liters, and produces 108 Bhp-138 Nm. This is a step up from the current MPV’s 1.4 liter K-Series engine, with 94 Bhp-130 Nm outputs. The Ertiga is likely to continue with 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearboxes on its petrol iterations.

The diesel engine on the new Ertiga could be a newly developed turbocharged unit from Suzuki. The all-new diesel engine is expected to displace 1.5 liters but power and torque outputs are not known for now. While a manual gearbox is more or less certain with the diesel engine, it remains to be seen if Maruti offers a diesel-automatic option. The new MPV is also expected to pack in new features and offer safety features such as ABS and airbags as standard.


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