Toyota-badged Ertiga MPV launch scheduled for August 2021. It will be the third rebadged Maruti Suzuki product after the Glanza and the upcoming ‘Toyota Brezza’.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor has confirmed that it will introduce an all-new MPV under the partnership with Maruti Suzuki. Most likely a rebadged Maruti Ertiga, the Toyota MPV will be the third product of this nature after the Glanza (based on the Baleno) hatchback and the upcoming compact-SUV (based on the Vitara Brezza). The launch is planned for August 2021.
Globally, the partnership between Suzuki and Toyota is not only limited to the Indian market, but also expands to other regions such as Africa. Both automakers shared their plans to expand the business collaboration to multiple fields of the automotive sector, back in March 2019. The partnership between Maruti Suzuki and Toyota India is aimed to widen either brand’s portfolio in the higher and lower price brackets. For instance, Maruti Suzuki has a strong market presence in the budget segment while Toyota commands the relatively premium side of the market.
Coming to the ‘Toyota Ertiga’, the MPV is currently in its second generation in Maruti Suzuki’s portfolio. As we know from the Toyota Glanza, badges and logos will be the only difference between its original Maruti Suzuki format. The second-gen Ertiga was launched in both petrol and diesel formats, but with BS6 emission norms kicking in, Maruti Suzuki decided to ditch the tried and tested Fiat-sourced MJD 1.3 diesel motor with SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild-hybrid system and the 1.5-litre non-SHVS engine that was introduced at a later stage.
Now, the Maruti Ertiga (as well as almost every other product from the Indian brand) comes only in a BS6-compliant petrol format. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol mill with SHVS makes 104bhp and 138Nm of torque. The engine is paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. The Toyota counterpart with come with the same powertrain and without the baseless ‘Toyota reliability’ rumours associated with the Glanza.
The stringent BS6 emission norms will come into effect from the start of April 2020. Owing to this, major automotive brands operating in the Indian market are busy updating or introducing all-new versions of their popular products. Updating to higher emission standards require significant re-engineering to the engine and exhaust system.
Diesel engines, being much more polluting and complicated in design, demand extra effort and modifications to comply with newer emission regulations. This is the main reason why many brands including Maruti Suzuki are going the ‘petrol way’.