Next-gen Ertiga

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De­tails on Maruti-Suzuki’s se­cond gen­er­a­tion

peo­ple mover

The Ertiga ever since its launch has fit right in with In­dian cus­tomers. Peo­ple like the com­pact di­men­sions and light-to-drive fea­ture of this peo­ple mover. How­ever, with time and as with all cars, the Ertiga too had started look­ing dated and hence a re­ju­ve­na­tion was but nat­u­ral. So what’s new you ask? Read on.

The new Ertiga is based on the HEARTEC plat­form which un­der­pins the new Swift and Baleno as well. This ver­sion is longer, wider and taller than the out­go­ing one. The wheel­base though re­mains iden­ti­cal at 2,740mm. As far as the de­sign is con­cerned, the new Ertiga gets a com­pletely re­designed front end com­plete with pro­jec­tor head­lamps and a new front bumper. The rear end too looks dif­fer­ent with the new all LED tail lights. When it comes to the fea­tures, this ver­sion of the Ertiga gets plenty. Like key­less en­try, elec­tric ORVMs and re­vers­ing sen­sors are be­ing of­fered as fac­tory fit­ment. The in­te­rior of the Ertiga has got­ten over­hauled as well. The dash is new and houses the touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem seen on the Brezza and Baleno. The same goes for the in­stru­ment panel that has been re­done too. The em­pha­sis it seems is on at­ten­tion to de­tail. So there are more cup hold­ers within the cabin and few of them are cooled as well. The seats are ex­pected to be eas­ier to op­er­ate as well.

Mov­ing on to the en­gines, we ex­pect them to be the same as of now. So a 1.4-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel will con­tinue to serve the Ertiga here in In­dia. How­ever we ex­pect them to be re­tuned so as to of­fer even bet­ter fuel econ­omy.

As for the most cru­cial ques­tion of when will it be launched in In­dia? We ex­pect Maruti-Suzuki to cash in dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son this year for the launch of the new Ertiga.

As Maruti-Suzuki gears up to launch the re­jigged Ertiga in In­dia, the com­pany re­cently show­cased the peo­ple mover in In­done­sia.

Rahul Ghosh give you a heads up on what to ex­pect

BASED ON THE HEARTEC PLAT­FORM THAT ALSO UN­DER­PINS THE SWIFT AND BALENO, THE NEW CAR IS

LONGER, WIDER AND TALLER

An ob­vi­ous change is that of the grille, which is slightly larger and has chrome de­tail­ing. The front fas­cia and the dou­ble­bar­rel trape­zoidal pro­jec­tor head­lamps are all-new as well

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