OverdriveApr 20, 2018 19:30:20 IST
The front fascia is completely new and now comes with wider double-barrel projector headlamps. The grille is now slightly larger as well and has heavy chrome detailing. The front bumper is more aggressively styled with a few prominent creases around the fog lamps. The bonnet contouring looks to have changed as well. The side profile sees few changes and the basic shape follows that of the earlier car. The major change is the third-row glass area which is now larger and has a blacked-out panel to reduce the visual mass of the rear end.
Like the front, the rear is completely redesigned as well. The biggest change is the LED tail lamps, these are now larger and look very similar to the ones on the Honda WR-V.
The rear windscreen is more raked than before and sits on top a new tailgate design as well. A chrome strip runs across the length of the tailgate while the bumper is a slim design which barely juts out of the body.
The car gets a redesigned interior as well, larger than the outgoing car. While it shares a number of components with the Swift and Ignis. The colour scheme is a beige and wood deal. The top half is finished in grey and comes with vertical AC vents on either side of Maruti's touchscreen infotainment system.
Mechanically, the most significant addition to the new Ertiga is a new K15B 1.5-litre petrol motor. This puts out 104 PS and 138 Nm. Increases of 13 PS and 8 Nm over the current car. This will be paired with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto. In India, the 1.3-litre diesel motor should also be available. The car is based on the Heartect platform that also underpins the Swift, Baleno and Ignis.
In terms of dimensions, the new Ertiga is quite larger than the current car. The new car is 130 mm longer, 40 mm wider and 5 mm taller than its predecessor but the wheelbase remains the same at 2740 mm. The Indonesian-spec car has 180 mm ground clearance but this will probably increase by 5 mm for the Indian version.
The second-generation Ertiga should launch in India around August 2018. The new Ertiga will primarily compete with the upcoming Mahindra U321 MPV, given that the Toyota Innova Crysta is now a more upmarket proposition. While the earlier car was a reasonably good seller for Maruti Suzuki, it was hampered by its lack of interior space. This new version will try to remedy that while providing a better-finished, more premium car altogether.
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