Maruti Suzuki has launched the second generation Ertiga at Rs 7.14 lakhs (ex showroom). The new Ertiga is available in 10 variants out of which two are automatic trims.
Based on the Heartect platform, the new Ertiga has grown in length by 4395mm, width by 1735mm and height by 1690mm. The MPV uses a wheelbase of 2740mm and has a turning radius of 5.2m
Speaking of its design, the second generation Ertiga sports a mature design. The face gets a high bonnet flanked by slim projector headlamps and chrome studded front grille. It also gets a nicely detailed bumper with a black element surrounding the fog lamps housing and a small air dam.
Move to the sides and the first thing you will notice is how much the length of the MPV has increased, the doors for instance are large and open wider thus complimenting easier ingress and outgrees. There’s also a sharp shoulder line that rises from just ahead of the front door and moves to the rear.
The rear however has a different story to tell; the 3D taillamps seem to have been inspired from the Volvos and are connected through a chrome strip running across the bootlid. The next gen Ertiga rides on the 15-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 185/65 section tyres.
Maruti Suzuki has worked hard to make the interior of the second generation Ertiga and it shows. The cabin gets the treatment of black and beige colours with wood trim separating in the middle of the dashboard. The dashboard itself gets a clean look with minimalistic buttons; sitting at the centre is the Smartplay infotainment system that comes loaded with Android auto and Apple CarPlay. The instrument cluster now houses a 10.67 cm TFT multi function display screen and the steering wheel comes finished off in beige with a touch of wood for a premium feel.
Space on the new Ertiga has improved by a big margin, the middle row slide back and forth like the outgoing model but now gets the function of one touch tumble down that folds the seat down with a pull of a lever hence providing easy access to the last row. Speaking of which the last row is pretty usable as it now gets two cupholders, a USB slot and roof moutned A/C vents along with decent legroom and great headroom making it a likeable place to be for adults as well.
Boot space on the new Ertiga stands at 209 litres with all 3 rows up which can be extended to 550 litres with third row folded and can be further boosted to 803 litres with 2nd and 3rd row folded flat.
In terms of features the new Ertiga gets air cooled twin cupholders, Steering mounted audio controls, automatic climate control, instrument cluster with 10.67 cm tft screen with multi function display, flexible luggage space, projector headlamps and reverse parking camera.
Under the hood however are the same 1.5 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engine. The 1.5 litre petrol produces 77 KW @ 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm @ 4400 rpm. The 1.3 litre diesel on the other hand churns out 90hp and 200 Nm of torque. Transmission options include 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic available only on the petrol automatic.
Both engine options are offered with the progressive mild hybrid technology or SHVS as Maruti likes to call it. The technology is expected to boost fuel economy figures and save fuel. Economy figures for the petrol Manual transmission is rated at 19.34 kmpl and 18.69 kmpl for the petrol automatic, with the single diesel manual returning 25,47 kmpl.
Should safety be a reason to worry and the next generation Ertiga comes with ABS, hill hold assist, dual airbags and electronic stability program. The new Ertiga is also available in 5 colours namely Pearl metallic auburn red, Pearl metallic Oxford blue, Pearl acritic white, metallic magma grey and metallic silky silver.
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will give the Mahindra Marazzo, Honda BR-V and Renault Lodgy a tough fight.
Prices for 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga petrol (Ex showroom prices)VariantEx showroomLxi7.44 LakhsVxi8.16 LakhsVxi AT9.18 LakhsZxi8.99 LakhsZxi AT9.95 LakhsZxi+9.50 Lakhs
Prices for 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga diesel (Ex showroom prices)VariantEx showroomLdi8.84 LakhsVdi9.56 LakhsZdi10.39 LakhsZxi+10.90 Lakhs