New Maruti Ertiga 2018 in the works, to get 7 seats

Maruti Suzuki is working on a new-gen model of its popular Ertiga MPV. Media reports suggest that the new Maruti Ertiga 2018 will be launched in India around August next year. Prior to its launch, it is expected to be showcased as a production ready concept at the next year’s Auto Expo.

The new Ertiga 2018 has also been spotted testing on public roads in Delhi-NCR. Though the spotted model has been heavily camouflaged, there are certain design cues seen on the test mule that point towards it being the next-gen Ertiga. These include an MPV-like stance, similarly structured door frames and a rear styling that looks like an evolved version of the current model.

As per the surfaced spy shots, the new Ertiga is expected to be a bit longer than the current model. It will likely be around 4.4 metres in length, which will help Maruti engineers to carve out enough space in the cabin to accommodate a third row of seats. As a result, the new-gen Maruti Ertiga 2018 will be a proper 7-seater. This will help it to compete against the segment leader – Toyota Innova Crysta, as well as other MPVs like the Renault Lodgy and Honda BR-V.

Mechanically, the new Ertiga is expected to be based on an all-new platform. However, Maruti Suzuki is likely to carry forward the existing set of engines – the 1.4-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel, in the new-gen model as well. Having said that, the company is also working on a new in-house 1.5-litre diesel, which is expected to be introduced in the new Ertiga at a later date.

New Maruti Ertiga 2018 India launch date

Maruti Suzuki hasn’t officially announced any specific launch timeline for the new-gen Ertiga. However, insider sources and media reports suggest that the updated model can be introduced in the country around the month of August next year. The MPV is also expected to be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo in Greater Noida, in the month of February next year.

New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2018 specifications

Not much has been revealed yet about the new-gen Ertiga. However, Maruti is expected to carry forward the existing set of engines to the new-gen model. Moreover, the company is also working on 1.5-litre diesel and petrol engines, which are also expected to find a place under the 2018 Ertiga’s bonnet.

Specifications Maruti Ertiga 2018
Petrol 1.4-litre petrol or 1.5-litre petrol
Diesel 1.3-litre MJD or Suzuki’s new 1.5-litre

New Maruti Ertiga 2018 expected price

The current-gen Maruti Ertiga is priced from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 8.5 lakh. With the new model, Maruti will be adding more features and a third row of seats to the MPV. These additions are expected to hike the overall prices by around Rs 1.5 lakh. As a result, we expect the new Maruti Ertiga 2018 to be priced in the range of Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 10.5 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

Minimum Rs 7.5 lakh
Maximum Rs 10.5 lakh

2018 Maruti Ertiga features

  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
  • New automatic climate control
  • Rear AC vents
  • Dual Airbags
  • ABS + EBD
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Push start-stop button with smart key
  • Auto headlamp with follow me home

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