Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Facelift First Look Review

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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Overview

Making its debut in India in 2012, the original Ertiga is one of the most popular cars from the Maruti Suzuki stables. With almost 65000 sold every year since, the seven seater Maruti Suzuki was popular with private car buyers but even more popular with the fleet market. And now there is a new one, a second generation, and it is quite the looker! So what does the all-new next generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga bring to the table and what are all the changes that Maruti Suzuki has brought in? Well, read on to fine out all you need to know about the new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Design

The all-new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has a fresh design and it only takes a short glance to realise this. The highlight is the front, which looks straight out of a car and looks good. The chrome studded grille is a first for this price-segment and has been done tastefully to give the vehicle a premium look. Flanking the grille on either sides are sleek headlamp units with projectors that not only bring some sharpness to the design but provide good illumination as well. Tie all these up with a new hood and smart looking bumper and what you get is a front that is no longer boring to look at but has some desirable elements too.

From the side, the new Maruti Ertiga leaves a long impression on your eyes and that’s because it is longer than its predecessor. However, the strong shoulder line running from the tail lamp up to the front accentuates the length and the new alloy wheels also play a considerable part in offsetting the visual fatigue of length. Similar to the front, the rear is completely new and it’s the vertically-stacked tail lamps that take the center stage here. Yes, they are similar to Volvo SUVs but that’s only a good thing on a Maruti. The sharp lines on the boot lid and the bumper compliment the overall design further and make the new Ertiga a good vehicle to look at from the front and rear.

Overall, the biggest change for me in terms of design in the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the fact that it no longer is a bland-looking MPV. Instead, it looks younger, smart and appealing, which should make it appealing to young buyers, something the previous Ertiga wasn’t good at.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Cabin

The first thing that strikes you is just how upmarket the new Ertiga looks on the inside. A faux wood theme extends across the stepped design dashboard and to be honest even though it is plastic at the end of the day, it does look quite nice. The new Ertiga gets a beige and darker brown two-tone combination across the dashboard and the seats and with a slightly printed pattern on the seats, the overall effect is quite satisfactory. The new Ertiga also gets a flat bottom steering wheel that is wrapped in leather and behind that, an all-new instrument cluster too. Check for Maruti Suzuki Ertiga price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

The central console houses the large touchscreen, which has its own inbuilt navigation but also supports smartphone integration options like Apple Carplay and Android Auto. All of us are now pretty used to this particular infotainment setup and honestly, it is one of the better ones offered on a model today. The top spec models get climate control and a start stop button too. Another cool feature – literally – are the cooled or rather ventilated bottle/zup holders (as seen below). That said, all this is well and good but what is most important in the new Ertiga is interior space and this being a new platform brings in a whole lot more space in it than before.

The new Ertiga is longer and wider on the outside and that gives it more space on the inside too. Even though the wheelbase stays the same, the new Ertiga gets more space in the back as the engine compartment has moved slightly forward. The centre row seats are also much more comfortable as compared to the previous generation and as with the last gen car, there is a roof mounted air conditioner unit.

But the big improvement is the space on the last row. While the last gen car had an Achilles heel in terms of people fitting in, this new Ertiga has a lot more space in the third row and is large even for your scribe to fit in – and by no means am I a small human being! The final row of seats also gets a reclining option which makes longer journeys a lot lot more comfortable in general. And while head room might be a slight issue, leg room and the flat floor makes up for it.

The new Ertiga now also gets a larger boot. In fact, it is twice as large as compared to the previous model and that is an important feat. You get 209 litres of boot space with the seats in place and fold the seats down and that space jumps up to a whopping 803 litres. But even with the rows of seats in play, the new Ertiga can easily swallow up large full sized airline bags – something that the older car could only dream of. The Ertiga’s boot also has two panels that can be manually removed and stowed away in the car to give even more depth to the boot. All in all, this is a big big improvement.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Performance

In terms of engine and gearbox, the biggest change in the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the inclusion of a new 1.5 litre petrol engine, which we saw making its debut in new Ciaz. In is in similar state of tune it develops 104 hp and 138 Nm of torque. This engine also comes with the updated SHVS technology, which we saw in Ciaz and this comes with lithium-ion battery, resulting in higher output and efficiency. The system stores braking energy and it uses it back at the time of acceleration which Maruti Suzuki terms as a Torque Assist. This results in improved fuel-efficiency. This was a short drive but we’ll soon do a detailed test of the car to find its real-world efficiency.To know more info on Maruti Suzuki Ertiga visit Lanetalab

The motor is quite smooth to start with and has adequate power to move around the vehicle with ease. Even on the highways while overtaking the long trailers there is enough power on tap. The other engine option is the tried and tested 1.3 litre diesel engine with a manual gearbox only. In terms of noise vibration and harshness levels the insulation isn’t exceptionally good and it isn’t bad as well so it is at a point where sound that filters into the cabin will not bother you but a slight improvement could have been made as far as the decibel levels are concerned.

The 5-speed manual gearbox works well it is paired well to the engine and the automatic transmission also does a good job but is primarily aimed at someone looking at urban use. Gearshifts happen at a reasonably good pace but the lack of any option to shift manually is a miss.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Driving

In terms of ride and handling there are lot of changes that have been done to the suspension and a lot of components at the rear have been added. As the result of all these changes the ride quality is quite nice going over bad surfaces and minor undulations is dealt with in a very good manner the cabin stays is largely insulated from these shocks. At high speed also the ride quality is quite impressive and while the handling is pretty much neutral. The Ertiga is not aimed at driving enthusiasts and it isn’t made to go around comers fast so if you are talking about daily and practical uses triple digit speed stability is good and braking too is good. So being aimed at family and adventure usage the Ertiga checks all the right boxes in pretty much all the departments.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Safety

We generally get a lot of queries and comments – and also the repeated spam – on how Maruti Suzuki cars are unsafe. And while there are some cars that have scored higher or lower in NCAP tests, India’s largest automaker has put in a ton of effort into making its cars safer. The new Ertiga’s platform uses a high percentage of tensile steel and that, combined with the standard airbags on all models means that the car will meet the upcoming crash regulations, according to the automaker. Apart from the two airbags as standard, the new Ertiga also gets ABS as standard on all models and the automatic even gets ESC or Electronic Stability Control as standard.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Price in Bangalore

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga On Road Price is 8,93,309/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,44,000/- in Bangalore. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes in 7 colours, namely Serene Blue,Silky Silver,Exquisite Maroon,Granite Grey,Pearl Blue Blaze,Radiant Beige,Superior White. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes with FWD with 1373 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 91 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 130 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Bottomline

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes out as a winner when looked at from an overall perspective and has a lot of good things going for it. It’s got a good looking design, spacious cabin, good features, a smart infotainment system and it drives and rides well too. The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is priced between Rs 7.44 lakh to Rs 10.90 lakh and is nicely feature packed across the variant range. Right now the vehicle has no direct competition although it is being compared to the Mahindra Marazzo. However, keep in mind Marazzo is not a direct rival to Ertiga. It is a vehicle from different segment a slightly more premium vehicle and till the time the new Ertiga has no direct rival it is going to enjoy good sales and will build further on the success of the older model.

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