Maruti Suzuki will launch the Ertiga facelift with the SHVS hybrid technology soon. Many of the company dealers have exhausted the stockpile of the MUV and are waiting for the launch of the facelift model. Maruti Suzuki seems to have stopped product and dispatch of the regular diesel model, since sales in August have also dropped by almost 40 per cent compared to previous months.
The company sold around 3,000 units of the Ertiga in August, down from over 5,000 units that the MUV did consistently for the last few months. The Ertiga facelift has been unveiled in Indonesia and the car has been spotted testing in India multiple times. Apart from the cosmetic changes the car will get the much talked about SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology, which will improve the efficiency to some extent.
The cosmetic changes to the Maruti Ertiga include a new chrome grille, revised front bumper, new fog lamp housing and a modified air intake. The side profile is untouched and the only addition to the rear is extra chrome to make the car a bit more appealing. Like with the facelift Dzire, the Ertiga should get additional features like foldable ORVM, start-stop button and an improved music system.
While there will be no changes to the 1.4-litre petrol engine with an output of 94bhp and 134Nm, the 1.3-litre diesel mill producing 89bhp and 200Nm will be coupled with an integrated starter generator, regenerative braking and larger battery. The diesel car will have start-stop function to improve efficiency and the ISG will also help in producing torque thereby taking some load off the powertrain.
While we were speculating an October launch for the Ertiga facelift, it seems that the car might be launched sooner. Maruti may launch the facelifted MUV in the third week of September to leverage on the start of the festive season. With the FAME subsidy, the prices of the new model might be slashed compared to the current car, however, the top-end might still cost the same with the additional features.