New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ready for India launch

India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch the second-generation model of its Ertiga in India very soon. The updated Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) is likely to be launched sometime next month and its bookings are expected to be announced in the first week of the same month.

Some reports suggest that the company has already started production of the new Ertiga to fulfil initial demand with minimum lag. The model has already been launched in Indonesia and the Indian-spec version will look similar to it.

While the wheelbase (2,740mm) remains unchanged, the updated model is both wider and longer than the existing version. It gets a fresh styling as well with new front grille, which is quite similar to that of the new Ciaz. The new version features sleeker headlamps with projector option and LED daytime running lights, and wider wrap-around tail-lamps. The bumpers are also redesigned and so are the fog lamp housings. The side profile looks fresh with new creases and alloy wheels.

Inside, the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga gets a revised cabin which is quite familiar to the new generation Swift and Dzire. The higher variants will also get the company's latest Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system with a seven-inch display and connectivity options like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The seating configuration for seven remains the same.

Alongside the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), the new generation is expected to get dual-front airbags and reverse parking sensors as standard. The rear parking camera, however, could come with the range-topping trim.

The diesel variants of the new Ertiga are likely to continue with the existing 90PS, 1.3-litre Multijet engine, while the petrol versions will share the new 105PS,1.5-litre, four-cylinder mill with the new Ciaz. The new petrol engine gets Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) technology and claims to return a fuel efficiency of 21.56kmpl with a five-speed manual transmission. Like the Ciaz, new Ertiga will also get a four-speed automatic transmission option as well.

Like the Ciaz facelift, the new Ertiga is expected to be priced Rs 30,000-60,000 higher than the outgoing version for petrol variants. The diesel variants, however, are likely to be priced Rs 12,000-30,000 lesser.