2018 Maruti Ertiga spied testing ahead of its festive season launch

06/09/2018 - 11:36 | ,  ,   | Yatharth Chauhan

The 2018 Maruti Ertiga reportedly launches in late-October this year. The second generation could be positioned as a premium product and go on sale through the NEXA dealerships. The new-gen MPV's test mule was spotted in India by an eagle-eyed reader last weekend.

2018 Maruti Ertiga spied testing ahead of festive season launch
While the 2018 Maruti Ertiga is longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor, its wheelbase, at 2,740 mm, remains unchanged.

The 2018 Maruti Ertiga is underpinned by the lightweight HEARTECT platform. The new model is 99 mm longer, 40 mm wider, and 5 mm taller than its predecessor. That said, the wheelbase, at 2,740 mm, remains unchanged. The petrol variants of the all-new Ertiga get the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated K15B petrol engine that made its debut on the 2018 Maruti Ciaz (facelift). The newly developed engine replaces the 1.4-litre motor, offering a maximum power/torque of 104.7 PS/138 Nm.

Petrol variants will also feature the second generation SHVS mild-hybrid system to boost fuel efficiency and acceleration. Transmission options should include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic.

Powering the diesel variants will be the same 1.3-litre, turbocharged, D13A engine that powers the existing car. The oil-burner produces a maximum power and torque of 90 PS and 200 Nm respectively. It comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Maruti Suzuki would use this engine until the advent of the Suzuki-developed 1.5-litre diesel engine, the ingeniously developed BSVI compliant motor. It is likely to come mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Features in the 2018 Maruti Ertiga is expected to include keyless entry, engine start/stop button, SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system, projector headlamps, LED rear combination lamps, steering-mounted audio controls, automatic climate control, and rear AC vents. Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, speed alert system, seatbelt reminder for front seats, ISOFIX child seat anchors, speed-sensing auto door lock, and rear parking sensors will be standard.

2018 Maruti Ertiga spied testing ahead of festive season launch
The second generation Suzuki Ertiga is already on sale in Indonesia, where it was launched in April.

The 2018 Maruti Ertiga is likely to have a base price of Rs 7 lakh (ex-showroom). Bookings for the new model should commence shortly.

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