Ertiga is one of the very few MPVs that kept good sales despite the onslaught of compact SUVs in recent years. Launched in India in 2012, Maruti Suzuki had given a mild facelift to the MPV in 2015. The ageing is now more evident with the arrival of new rivals like Mahindra Marazzo and the new Datsun Go+.

2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

The best thing to do is to give a makeover and Maruti Suzuki has done that. The carmaker launched the second generation of the Ertiga on Wednesday. The popular MPV has grown in dimensions, adopts new platform and engine, and it looks much more premium than the first generation. Let's take a closer look.

2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga- Price

Maruti Suzuki offers the new Ertiga in 10 variant options and ex-showroom prices are as follows.

Petrol Variants   Diesel Variants
 LXi Rs 7.44 lakh  Ldi Rs 8.84 lakh
 VXi Rs 8.16 lakh  Vdi Rs 9.56 lakh
 ZXi Rs 8.99 lakh  Zdi Rs 10.39 lakh
ZXi+ Rs 9.50 lakh  ZDi+ Rs 10.90 lakh
 VXi AT Rs 9.18 lakh  -  -
ZXi AT Rs 9.95 lakh - -

2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga- Dimension, weight and platform

The new Ertiga is based on the Heartect platform that also underpins new generation cars of Maruti Suzuki cars in India, including the Swift, Dzire, Ignis and Baleno. Adoption of the new platform makes the MPV 10-20kg lighter than the outgoing model.

The 2018 Ertiga is longer than its predecessor. In its latest avatar, the MPV is 4,395mm long, 1,735mm wide and 1,690mm tall while wheelbase remains the same at 2,740mm.

2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga- Design

The new Ertiga gets a massive redesign while the basic MPV silhouette remains unchanged. Chrome bathed new front grille and new projector headlamps have an integrated stance. The redesigned front bumper with black inserts adds a sporty touch as well.

Sculpted side and rear profiles with crease lines have been done tastefully. At the rear, the new D-pillar and L-shape tail lamps add liveliness to the new Ertiga.

2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga interior

2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga- Colours

The new Ertiga is available with a new colour christened Auburn Red in addition to the existing four colour options- Metallic Magma Grey, Pearl Metallic Oxford Blue, Pearl Arctic White and Metallic Silky Silver.

2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga- Engine and transmission

The new Ertiga is offered in petrol and diesel engine options, both with SHVS mild-hybrid technology. The MPV gets new 1.5-litre petrol engine (debuted with new Ciaz) in place the older 1.4-litre motor. The mill develops 103bhp of peak power and 138 Nm of peak and transmission options offered are 4-speed torque converter automatic and the standard 5-speed manual transmission.

The diesel mill is the same 1.3-litre motor that makes 89bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered only with a manual gearbox. The inclusion of SHVS mild-hybrid should make the new Ertiga more fuel efficient.

2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga- variant and features

Variant Features
Lxi/Ldi Dual airbags
ABS with EBD
Speed sensitive door locks
Rear parking sensors
Central locking
Projector headlamps
LED tail-lamps
Manual air conditioning
12V charging port in the front
Power windows with driver's side auto down function
Tilt adjustable steering wheel
15-inch steel rims
VXi/Vdi ESP and Hill hold function for AT
Four speaker audio system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity
Steering-mounted audio and phone controls
Wheel caps for the 15-inch steel wheels
ORVM mounted turn indicators
Body coloured door handles and ORVM
Centre armrest for the second row
Rear AC vents
Remote keyless entry
12V charging port in the first and second row
Day/night inside rear view mirror
Electronically adjustable and folding wing mirrors
ZXi/ZDi Front seatbelt height adjust
Fog lamps
15-inch alloy wheels
Height adjustable driver's seat
Front centre armrest
Push button start/stop
Automatic climate control
Rear defogger, wash and wiper
12V charging port in all three row
ZXi+/ZDi+ SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and navigation
Rear parking camera
Leather-wrapped steering wheel