To recap, in our earlier news, we reported the camouflaged test mules of the 6-seater Maruti Suzuki Ertiga spotted in India and we also mentioned that the new Ertiga, being tested, could be more premium and will eventually be sold via Nexa showrooms. Now, Suzuki has showcased the new 2020 Ertiga in the concept form at the Indonesia Motor Show which could be the same variant that was earlier spotted testing in India, a 6-seater version.
In terms of styling, the new Ertiga, at least in the concept form shows many changes both on the outside and the inside. The outside changes include a new large grille which now misses out on chrome and mesh but may get chrome inserts on the Indian-spec production model. The large grille continues to flow downwards and blends with the bumper to form a larger imposing unit and is separated by a large air dam and fresh new lower-bumper design which houses the front fog lamps. The headlight design is new and is likely to get LED lamps. Coming to the side profile, the MPV retains the overall silhouette but appears to have a lower ground clearance which may not be seen on the production model. The new Ertiga concept was showcased with larger, newly designed, multi-spoke, alloy wheels and low profile tyres. The rear also gets a new bumper and a roof-mounted spoiler.
On the inside, the new Ertiga concept features beige finished interiors with wood applique on the dashboard, Smartplay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, front seats and the steering wheel all from the current Ertiga. The major change is in the middle row seat which on the concept model comes with a 40-20-40 split and the centre seat can be used as an armrest but can be put upright to essentially cover the 6-seater in to a 7-seater MPV. The third-row seats remain unchanged and still get the set bench forward facing design, which can accommodate two people.
In the engine department, the new 6-seater Ertiga is expected to be powered by the 1.5-litre, K15, Smart Hybrid petrol engine producing 104.6 PS of power and 138 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. It could also come with a 1.5-litre, DDiS 225 diesel engine that produces 95.1 PS of power and 225 Nm of torque coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox, but post BSVI roll-out the Ertiga is likely to be powered by only the BSVI compliant petrol engine.
The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is likely to be placed above the current top-spec model and is likely to be sold through the brand’s more premium NEXA network in India and will be launched soon.