The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, one of the most awaited cars of the year, has been launched on November 21, 2018. The second generation of the MPV was launched with a starting price of Rs 7.44 lakh ex-showroom India. The Ertiga will be available in 10 variants, the base variant starting from Rs 7.44 lakh going all the way up to Rs 9.50 lakh for petrol variant and Rs 8.84 lakh to Rs 10.9 lakh for the diesel variants.
Visually, the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga looks agressive and more premium than the current model. A lot of it is because of the new grille that comes with it and the projector headlamps which are now being offered as part of the standard package. It has also grown up in size and is now 99mm longer, 40mm wider and 5mm taller than the outgoing model. The wheelbase stays unaltered but the increase in length does transform the car into a spacious third row. The boot capacity too has increased from 135 to 209 litres.
Inside the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, there is a horizontally laid out dash instead of the waterfall design of the old car. The connected AC vents seem to derive inspiration from the new age Audi cars. The cabin features a healthy dose of faux wood as the center piece and on the door panels to up the premium feel of the car. Climate control and the new 15-inch alloy wheels are available only on the Z and Z+ variants. Steering-mounted controls and a Bluetooth-enabled stereo system is available from the Vxi/Vdi trims onwards.
The touchscreen smart Play system, however, has been reserved for the top of the line Zxi+ and Zdi+ variants only. Captain seats are skipped altogether and there is no telescopic adjustment for the steering either. Other features consist of cooled front cup holders, an adjustable second row and reclinable second and third rows. The rear rows get their own air conditioning. And as for safety, the Ertiga is offered with ABS, dual front airbags, rear parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard.However, ESP and hill hold assist are available with the AT variants only.
This second gen Ertiga is powered by a new 1.5-litre petrol engine with SHVS that is shared with the Ciaz. It makes 105PS of max power and 138Nm of peak torque. It is available with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed AT gearbox. The petrol-manual variants claim a fuel efficiency of 19.34kmpl (+1.84kmpl over the outgoing model), while the petrol-automatic variants claim to return 18.69kmpl (+1.66kmpl). The 1.3-litre diesel engine has been carried over as it is and is available with a 5-speed manual box only.