My times today.Maruti Suzuki on Wednesday launched the 2018 edition of Ertiga at a starting price of Rs 7.44 lakh. The country’s largest automaker is hoping that its popular seven-seater MPV continues to deliver high sales volume which it has grown accustomed to since first launched back in 2012.
There are plenty of changes that the 2018 Ertiga boasts of — both inside and out. For starters, it looks a whole lot more contemporary with its double-barrel headlamps, chrome grille, 20-spoke alloys and waterfall-themed taillights. While the overall structure of the vehicle is visually identical to the previous model, the changes in design cues makes the Ertiga look like a people-mover with a flair.
That it has bigger dimensions is, therefore, quite the cherry on the proverbial cake. The 2018 edition of the vehicle is 99mm longer, 40mm wider and just a tad taller. While the wheelbase remains the same at 2740 mm, the third-row passengers will get a bit more space which could go a long way in silencing critics who have almost always highlighted the tight fit here. The third-row seats can now also be individually reclined. Add to that, the boot space now goes up from 135 litres to 153 litres.
Much like in the Ciaz, the Ertiga’s diesel variant sees no change and will be the same DDis 200, 1.3-litre turbocharged unit with SHVS mild hybrid system. The company says fuel efficiency has gone up by almost 1 kmpl to 25.47 kmpl.
On the safety front, the car gets ABS with EBD, dual airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill Hold Assist. The company says 35 crash tests from different sides was performed on the car to ensure it complies with Indian safety regulations.