- Unveiled at the 2018 Indonesia Motor Show.
- New-gen Ertiga now based on the Heartect platform.
- The seven-seater has adopted an all-new design and has grown in dimensions.
- Will make its way to India later this year or sometime next year.
Suzuki has officially unveiled the new-gen Ertiga MPV at the 2018 Indonesia Motor Show held in Jakarta. The MPV has grown in size and sports an all-new design. The Ertiga is now underpinned by the carmaker’s Heartect platform, which it shares with the Dzire, Ignis, Baleno and Swift.
On the exterior, the grille gets horizontal louvres flanked by sleeker headlamps. The bumpers are stylish with aggressive elements like the raked damper around the fog lamps and contrasting black surrounds. The new Ertiga measures 4,395x1735x1690mm in dimensions and has also grown in size compared to the model it replaces. However, the wheelbase remains the same at 2,740mm.
The silhouette gets floating roof design as seen on the Swift. At the rear, there is a revised tailgate and L-shaped taillights similar to the Honda WR-V; but it extends to the D-pillar. The bumpers get sporty inserts as well. The new platform has helped the people carrier shave off a significant amount of weight making it more efficient than before along with improved performance. The MPV sits on 15-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 185/65 section tyres.
On the inside, we can see a slightly flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in leather and wood. The dashboard also gets wood inserts and a new 6.8-inch infotainment screen ‘stuck’ on the centre console. The dual-tone cabin has ample storage places in the centre console.
In the Indonesian market, the new Ertiga gets a new K15B 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which is good enough for 104bhp and 138Nm. The transmission options are a five-speed manual or a four-speed torque converter. The carmaker claims a fuel efficiency of 18.06kmpl in the manual guise. Safety features include dual airbags, ABS with ESP, electronic brake distribution and ISOFIX.
Maruti might bring in the new-generation Ertiga to India somewhere around the festive season or it might delay it until next year. It will be the affordable MPV in the country which will undercut the Innova and the upcoming seven-seater from Mahindra. We also expect only minimal changes on the Indian-spec Ertiga compared to the one showcased in Indonesia.