A set of Maruti Ertiga facelift test drive cars have been spied as they were being shipped to dealers. The updated compact MPV would be launched on October 15.
Unveiled at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Motor Show 2015 earlier this year, the facelifted Ertiga incorporates a bigger chrome grille and a new bumper with chrome inserts on the foglight enclosures. The headlamps are slightly tweaked to align with the grille.
The alloy wheel design is the only change in profile while the rear fascia gets new reflector elements on the tailgate along with a chrome strip and reprofiled bumper. Interior changes come in the form of dual-tone color theme for the dashboard, new upholstery and quite a few additional features.
Speaking of features, the top-end variant of the 2016 Ertiga packs in dual airbags, ABS with EBD, automatic climate control, SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system with reverse parking camera, electrically foldable and adjustable wing mirrors, push button start, alloy wheels, fog lamps and so on.
The biggest mechanical upgrade is the addition of SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) system to the 1.3-litre diesel engine which produces 90 PS and 200 Nm of torque when mated to a 5-speed MT. The system provides torque assistance, regenerative braking and start-stop functions and is eligible for NEMMP 2020 subsidy. The petrol motor continues to be the 1.4-litre K-Series unit which is good for 95 PS and 130 Nm of torque.
Expect Maruti to price the Ertiga facelift slightly higher than the older version.