Introduced in 2012, the Maruti Ertiga is a big success in India with over 3,00,000 units sold till date. Maruti Suzuki will introduce a second-generation model with an all-new design and changes from the ground-up next year. A speculative rendering from Minkara previews the next-gen Maruti Ertiga.
Suzuki and MSIL would no doubt transform the next-gen Maruti Ertiga with a more contemporary look. However, it may not get a front-end as aggressive as depicted in the rendering. The illustration is of an imaginary "Maruti Ertiga Sport" with a front fascia and wheels borrowed from the 2017 Suzuki Swift Sport rounded off with a floating roof. One can expect the second-gen Ertiga Dreza with such kind of a fearless design.
The current Ertiga is based on a stretched version of the previous generation Swift's platform. The 2018 Maruti Ertiga (code: Maruti YHA) should ride on a lengthened version of the all-new Swift's HEARTECT platform. The redesigned Swift is 120 kg lighter and has a 20 mm longer wheelbase. The all-new Ertiga too should witness a substantial weight reduction and offer more legroom to second- and third-row occupants. It could share MSIL's in-house developed 1.5-litre diesel and 1.5-litre petrol engines (TBA) with the facelifted Ciaz, relieving the Ertiga of expensive technology royalties.
The next model for India in the HEARTECT series is the 2018 Maruti Swift, expected to go on sale early next year. The second-gen Ertiga could follow around the festive season of 2018.
[Image Source: Minkara]