It’s been about five years since the launch of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the MPV, or as the carmaker likes to call it, the Life Utility Vehicle (LUV), is set to receive a generation upgrade in India. While the Ertiga received its mid-life facelift a couple of years ago, now Maruti Suzuki India, seems to be working on the next-generation Ertiga. Recently a heavily camouflaged test mule of the 7-seater MPV was spotted testing somewhere around Delhi and Gurugam and judging by the looks of it the new Ertiga will be receiving some considerable updates, both in terms of styling and features.
It’s too soon to comment on the feature list, but seeing the kind of offerings that the current-gen Maruti Suzuki cars are getting, the new-gen Ertiga is likely to come with projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, revised interior, a new dashboard with touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On the safety front, dual airbags and ABS with EBD is also expected to come as standard offerings.
Powertrain wise, the next-gen Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is unlikely to see any updates and will continue to get the 1.4-litre petrol engine and tried and tested 1.3-litre DDIS diesel engine both mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The latter will continue to get the company Smart Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) technology. While the current petrol model gets 4-speed torque converter, the new-gen model could get AMT option as well.