New Maruti Ertiga makes global debut – Details, Features, Specs, Engines
The 1.4-litre petrol engine is replaced by a new 1.5-litre unit.
Latest iteration of the Maruti Ertiga compact MPV has made its world premiere at the ongoing Indonesia International Motor Show 2018. The second generation Ertiga has grown in size and adopts a completely different design language compared to the outgoing car.
In terms of dimensions, the 2019 Ertiga is longer by 99 mm, wider by 40 mm and taller by 5 mm while the wheelbase remains the same. This should make the cabin, especially the third row, noticeably roomier.
Coming to the aesthetics, the new Ertiga seems to have derived some inspiration from the larger and more popular Toyota Innova Crysta. The headlamps and triangular rear quarter window have some resemblance. The all-new rear fascia features prominent taillights that remind us of the new Volvo XC60! Overall, the latest generation people carrier sports a more mature look.
The interior too has nothing in common with the outgoing car and is a huge step forward. Finished in lighter shade of beige with shiny faux wood inserts, the dashboard houses a touchscreen infotainment system.
The 2019 Maruti Ertiga’s powertrain lineup consists of a new 1.5-litre VTVT petrol engine that is capable of 104.7 PS and 138 Nm of torque. The transmission options include a standard 5-MT or an optional 4-AT. For the African market, the familiar 1.3-litre DDiS oil burner with 5-MT would continue to be the diesel engine of choice.
The Maruti Ertiga is expected to enter production in Africa in the coming months and be ready for a market launch in August. With the market clearly shifted towards crossover SUVs in this price segment, it would be interest to see how the prospective customers respond to the new MPV.