How do you make a car even more attractive when it is already one of the most popular cars in the market? The answer is by not making too many changes in the existing order (too many changes in a winning combination may be a sure recipe for disaster) and Maruti Suzuki has followed this advice to the tee. To understand why we believe that people will find it interesting when it is launched in India this Diwali, you need to examine this beauty up close and personal.
The new Ertiga model that Maruti is planning to launch this Diwali is substantially bigger than the earlier model and it has a different look. While the current model is big, the upcoming model is going to be bigger by 130mm. Even its overall look is more akin to an SUV than an MPV. The first thing that will attract your eyes when you view this massively built car is its elegantly designed engine grill and the L-shaped clear lens headlamp cluster. Both of these come with chrome embellishments that do a lot to improve its upmarket looks. The side and back profile of Maruti Ertiga 2018, gives an air of robustness thanks to its sculpted character lines, floating roof and an L-shaped LED tail lamp cluster.
The designers of this beautiful MPV have tried to make this car luxurious and comfortable to ride in. You will find that the passenger cabin is wider and there is a wooden inlay on the dashboard, which gives it a sophisticated look. You will find the same inlay on the side of the doors also. The dashboard is intelligently designed and the driver’s seat gives him an elevated look. However, the design of the car is such that you will not feel any problem looking at the road ahead, and feel as if you were driving a Maruti hatchback and not this big, bulky car.
The engineers have equipped this muscular looking MPV with a more powerful engine. The new K1.5 diesel and 1.4 L petrol engines are substantially more powerful than what you will find in the current model. The amazing point that you will find while driving this car is its superb pulling power that remains smooth throughout, whether you are driving at low or high gear, which is great for Indian traffic. However, one issue that concerns the engine is the high level of noise when the car hits the top end. While the car is massive in size, you will feel the size, only when you are taking a sharp turn at high speed. Otherwise, you will not find any rolling, which is amazing for a car of this size. This car comes with a five-speed manual gearbox.
The expected price range of this car that is to be launched in the month of December is from Rs. 6.5 lakh to Rs. 11 lakhs. Maruti Ertiga 2018 will give tough competition to Renault Lodgy, Toyota Innova Crysta and Honda BRV.