2018 Maruti Ertiga petrol variant spotted on test
Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.
In time for the festive season, Maruti Suzuki will launch the second generation Ertiga in India. Team-BHP user 'sidindica' has shared spy shots of a test mule from New Delhi.
As per the source, the variant was the petrol since he was unable to hear the discernable diesel clatter. The heavy camouflage is successful in hiding much of the exterior design. However, there are unlikely to be significant variations in the appearance of the India-spec Maruti Ertiga and the model launched in Indonesia last month. As the spy shots reveal, the test unit puts on the same multi-spoke alloy wheels as the Indonesian-spec model.
Launched last month, the Ertiga for Indonesia packs the new 1.5 L K15B petrol engine. This 4-cylinder unit makes 104.7 PS and 138 Nm. It will replace the outgoing model's 1.4 L petrol engine in the Indian market as well. Transmission choice will include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic. The latter was spotted testing in India earlier this month. The 1.3 L DDiS diesel engine will be replaced by new 1.5 L diesel mill developed by Suzuki. However, its availability right from launch remains doubtful as it is not deployable yet.
The new Maruti Ertiga is bigger than its predecessor by 130 mm in length, 40 mm in width, and 5 mm in height. This should translate to increased cabin space for the occupants. Notable features on offer will be projector headlamps, LED stop lamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, automatic climate control, and a flat-bottom steering wheel with phone and audio controls.
As reported in October 2017, the launch of the new Maruti Ertiga is scheduled this August. There are rumours of Maruti moving sales of the Ertiga to Nexa outlets with the new generation. A crossover variant of the Ertiga is reported to join the lineup by 2020 which could become MSIL's flagship product.
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[source - Team-BHP]