Maruti Suzuki has two important launches for this month. While the first will be the face-lifted version of the Ertiga hybrid, the company will also unveil Baleno premium hatchback. The former will come with hybrid diesel engine and petrol automatic variants and the launch date is confirmed on 15 October according to ET Auto.
The mid-life facelift for the popular Ertiga MPV majorly concentrates on the mechanical bits. The facelifted MPV will be the second car featuring Maruti Suzuki's SHVS mild hybrid technology after the Ciaz hybrid. The technology works in tandem with the 1.3 multi-jet diesel engine, developing 89bhp and 200Nm of torque mated to five-speed manual transmission. The SHVS hybrid system makes use of lithium ion battery that gets charged with the help of re-generative braking. The system converts the kinetic energy of the rolling wheels into electricity for charging the battery.
The previous report also confirms the availability of four-speed automatic gearbox with the 1.4-litre K Series petrol engine producing 94bhp and 130Nm. The automatic transmission will be the same offered currently with the Swift Dzire. The petrol engine will also be available with five-speed manual transmission.
The new MPV comes with an array of cosmetic upgrades in the interior and on the exterior. The face sports an embossing three-slat chrome grill. The fog lamps get chrome housing and a newly-designed bumper. At the rear, a horizontal chrome slat above the registration plate and a set of reflectors on the bumper are the main changes.
The interior will be spruced up with engine start/stop button, new upholstery, electric folding mirrors, keyless entry and SmartPlay infotainment system.
The leaked information ahead of the launch also explains the variants and features of the MPV facelift. The list and features of the new variants are as follows:
LXI/LDI - Manual AC, power steering, body coloured bumpers, tilt steering, 60:40 split second row seat, seat belt reminder buzzer and driver-side airbag.
LXI(O)/LDI(O) - In addition to the features of LXI/LDI, ABS with EBD, pre-tensioner and force limiter and front passenger airbag.
VXI/VDI - In addition to the features of LXI(O)/LDI(O), body coloured ORVM and door handle, all power window, keyless entry, audio system with Bluetooth, USB, AUX-in and CD, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVM with turn indicators, reverse parking sensor, chrome grille and 50:50 split foldable third row seats.
ZXI/ZDI - In addition to the features of VXI/VDI, steering mounted audio controls, height-adjustable driver seat, rear wiper and defogger and alloy wheels.
ZXI+/ZDI+ – In addition to the features to the ZXI/ZDI, reverse parking camera, Touchscreen SmartPlay entertainment system and push start button with smart key.