On November 21, Maruti Suzuki plans to launch the next generation of Ertiga, its famous multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).
The current Ertiga lineup has been well-received in India, and Maruti would hope to build on that success with the new, much-improved version.
However, its market price would play a critical role in determining if that really happens.
Let's take a quick on the MPV.
The new Ertiga is longer, taller, and wider than the current generation and looks more premium and spacious, according to a report by NDTV.
Its ground clearance has been reduced to 18cm, but the wheelbase remains pretty much unchanged.
Maruti has given 15-inch alloy wheels on the car, with select top-end models having 16-inch alloy wheels as well.
The new Ertiga will be available in four trims - Lxi/Ldi, Vxi/Vdi, Zxi/Zdi, Zxi+/Dzi+ - and five color choices, including grey, blue, white, silver, and an all-new pearl metallic auburn red. All models will be available in diesel and petrol options.
The top-end variants of Ertiga will come with several useful features, including remote keyless entry, push-button start/stop, electronically adjustable rearview mirrors, and Hill Hold (petrol).
These models will get a touch-based infotainment system with options for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Also, dual airbags and ABS will be available across all variants with offerings like seatbelt reminder and speed alert system.
The economy of the diesel variant should be more than 25Kmpl, but you won't get an automatic gearbox on this one. It will only have a 5-speed manual gearbox, while the petrol variant would also include a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
The petrol variant of the new Ertiga will come with a 1.5-liter K-Series engine, instead of the 1.4-liter motor of the current version.
It promises to deliver 103 bhp of peak power, 138 Nm of peak torque and an economy of 20kmpl.
Meanwhile, the diesel variant will come with a 1.3-liter DDiS 200 engine promising 89 bhp power and 200 Nm of peak torque.
Ertiga's current petrol variant starts at Rs. 6.34 lakh, while the diesel variant starts at Rs. 8.78 lakh.
The prices go neck to neck with other MPVs and Maruti is expected to follow a similar strategy for the latest generation.
According to NDTV, the base petrol and diesel models of the car should be priced around Rs. 7 lakh and Rs. 8.5 lakh respectively.
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