Spied on a public road next to a Honda Mobilio 8 seater MPV, the 2018 Maruti Ertiga is poised for launch in the country. It will be seen in showrooms before this year is out and the new three row carrier will sport a new body, better interiors, a new platform and more efficient K15B 1.5 liter petrol engine.
Already launched in Indonesia, the 2018 Maruti Ertiga has increased dimensions at 4,395mm length, 1,735mm width and 1,690mm height . Wheelbase stands at 2,740mm long. It will get 180mm of ground clearance and 153 liters of luggage space which can be extended to 550 liters with rear seats turned down and further on to 803 liters.
Exteriors and interiors will boast of several updates. These will include new projector headlamps, LED lamps at the rear, dual tone upholstery, 6.8” touchscreen infotainment system, ventilated cup holders and comfortable seating for upto 7 adults. In terms of safety, the new Ertiga gets reverse parking sensors, dual front airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts and ABS with EBD as standard.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will be powered by a larger 1.5 liter K15B petrol engine offering 105 PS power at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm torque at 4,400 rpm mated to a 5 speed manual transmission or a 4 speed automatic. Engine specs on its earlier counterpart included a lower powered K14B 1.4 liter engine generating 92 bhp power at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm.
As per a report, current Ertiga will not be discontinued post the launch of new Ertiga. This is because the current Ertiga will then be sold as Ertiga tour to the taxi segment and the new Ertiga will be sold via premium NEXA dealerships.
Expect the price of the new 2018 Ertiga to be marginally higher than the current Ertiga. New Maruti Ertiga will aim to eat into the share of Toyota Innova Crysta thanks to its compact size, yet spacious interiors.