Gaadiwaadi reports that Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) is working on a sporty 6-seater version of the second-gen Ertiga that will be sold exclusively through the Nexa retail chain. The purported flagship variant will feature two captain seats in every row and carry several styling enhancements to look more premium than the regular versions. MSIL has not provided guidance to the media on future Ertiga variants.
It is being said that the 6-seater version of the Maruti Ertiga will feature a sporty body kit that will comprise prominent bumper diffusers, bold side skirts, stylish alloy wheels, body graphics, LED projector headlamps, and an auto-dimming IRVM. Moreover, the new model will be available with new colour choices.
Certainly Maruti would not do a cross version of the Ertiga as sales for this type of variant extension does not have an exciting projection. A report last year spoke of the second variant of the Ertiga as the 'YHB derivative,' and the definition or concept of the variant could have changed seeing the dull response to the Honda BR-V and the Renault Lodgy Stepway, from that of a cross-type vehicle to that of a premium, avant-garde variant.
On the inside, the new flagship version of the Maruti Ertiga will offer contrast stitching and a new trim. The overall styling could draw influence from the Ertiga Sport concept shown at the GIIAS (Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show) in August 2018.
The rumoured model will be sold only with the K15B 1.5-litre petrol engine that outputs 104.7 PS of maximum power and 130 Nm of peak torque. The gasoline motor offers an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 19.34 km/l with a 5-speed manual transmission and 18.69 km/l with a 4-speed automatic unit.
The second generation Maruti Ertiga is currently available at more than 2,200 Arena dealerships across the country. It aims to carry forward the legacy of its predecessor, which sold 4.2 lakh units during its 6-year long run.
The 2018 Maruti Ertiga went on sale on 21 November and is on sale in a price bracket of INR 7.44 lakh to INR 10.90 lakh. The new model is available with two engine options - 1.5-litre K15B (105 PS/138 Nm) and 1.3-litre D13A (90 PS/200 Nm). The second-generation of the Swift-based MPV is 99 mm longer, 40 mm wider, and 5 mm taller than the earlier version.
[Source - gaadiwaadi.com]