Maruti Suzuki India, the country’s leading automaker is busy working on a more premium version of its popular Ertiga compact MPV model for the domestic market. This new upcoming Maruti Ertiga-based MPV model has been caught by the spying cameras for the first time when it was busy testing the Indian roads recently. The heavily camouflaged test prototype model of the new MPV did not give in much information about the model, but still offers some idea about what you can expect from it.
To start with, even though the test prototype of the Ertiga-based new MPV was spied with loads of camouflage and decoy parts, it did appear more beefed-up as compared to the Ertiga. It is expected to get a bulkier, rough and meaner look and is very likely to come with body cladding all around in order to offer a rugged visual appeal over the city car looking Ertiga. The front end of the upcoming MPV seems to be more upright as compared against the current generation Ertiga, and also seems to be fully dissimilar. The test prototype also flaunted a larger front grille, new more premium headlights that are reminiscent to the ones on the Ciaz and roof rails adding further to the sporty appeal.
The test model was caught featuring 15-inch alloy wheels like the Ertiga’s, which seem to be small considering the bulkier design. However, it is likely to come with 16 inches alloys at launch.
Nothing of the upcoming Ertiga-based MPV was revealed by the spy images. However, as per sources the MPV will seat 6 occupants and will come with captain seats for the 2nd row. Being more premium, it is expected to be braced with lots of features over the Maruti Ertiga. Expect LED headlights, DRLs, new alloys, cruise control, added safety features and more on this new upcoming MPV.
Going by spy shots that show the test mule mounted by some emission testing equipment at the back, it is thought that the new Maruti Suzuki MPV will pack in BSVI complaint updated version of a K15B petrol engine at launch. The existing 1.5L mill that offers 105 PS and 138 Nm under the hood of the Ertiga and is paired to a 5 speed MT and a 4 speed AT choice.
The Ertiga-based MPV could be the very first model to feature the BSVI K15B petrol mill in Maruti’s lineup. The upcoming premium Maruti Suzuki MPV is likely to come with a 1.3L (90 PS/ 200 Nm) and 1.5L petrol engine options. The diesel version of the MPV is uncertain as the company has already announced its decision to discontinues all diesel models from April 2020, when the new BSVI emission norms kick in.
The Ertiga-based premium Maruti Suzuki MPV is likely to hit the Indian market during this year’s festive season. It will be more expensive than the Ertiga that is priced at Rs. 7.44 lakhs - Rs 11.20 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). Post its India launch, the new Maruti Suzuki premium MPV will rival the lower variants of the 7-seater Mahindra Marazzo.