2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes with a host of change inside out, will challenge Mahindra Marazzo
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has been finally launched in India at a price tag of Rs 7.44 lakh (ex-showroom). Pricing goes up to Rs 10.90 lakh (ex-showroom). The much awaited updated version of India’s bestselling MPV comes with a host of changes inside out, not only in terms of design and features but on the mechanical front as well. With the arrival of the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, the Indo-Japanese automaker throws a tough challenge to the recently launched Mahindra Marazzo.
The new Ertiga MPV was already launched in a couple of South East Asian markets a few months back giving us a clear look. Based on the Heartect platform, it boasts a completely redesigned V shaped front grille with plenty of chrome garnishing, flanked by redesigned sharper headlamps that feature projector units and integrated LED daytime running lights. The front bumper, alloy wheels, character lines, glass area, LED taillights, tailgate – all of them have received a revising touch. It will be available in five different colour options.
Moving inside the cabin, the seven-seater 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes with a redefined and premium ambience thanks to the new design and features along with improved quality upholstery. The MPV gets a flat-bottom sporty looking steering wheel with faux wooden trim and leather wrapping, a new touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The layered dashboard too comes with faux wooden trim adding zing to the cabin. Speaking about space and comfort, Maruti Suzuki leaves no stones unturned. It is longer and wider and offers reclining seats even for the rear occupants. The 203-litre of bootspace can be expanded to 803-litre by folding the rear seats.
Safety features include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD as standard. On the powertrain front, a big change comes in form of the new 1.5-litre petrol engine that replaces the erstwhile 1.4-litre motor. This is the same engine that works in the new Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. On the diesel front, the same 1.3-litre engine does the duty. Interestingly, the SHVS mild-hybrid technology is available with both the engines, just like new Ciaz. Transmission options include both manual gearbox and a 4-speed automatic unit.