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Upcoming New Cars
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Facelift
When to expect:February 2015
Estimated Price:5.82 8.60 lakhs
Maruti Suzuki seems to have felt the heat from the latest upcoming compact SUVs in India, especially its prime rival, the Honda Mobilio. The manufacturer will introduce the facelifted model of the Ertiga soon. The Ertiga has been ruling the compact MPV segment since a long time now and the refreshed car is expected to be launched in early 2015.
The cosmetic changes will come in the form of mild revisions to the exterior that will give it a fresh look setting it apart from the current avatar. From the test mules spotted it can be gauged that the most evident change is the new two slat grille in place of the current four slat one. This might get embellished in chrome to make the car look fresh in the face of the rivals. The front air intakes might also get modified with revisions to the bumper as well. Coming to the sides, the silhouette will remain the same but there will be an addition of electronically foldable OVRMs. Though, these might make it only to Vdi/Vxi and Zdi/Zxi trim.
We don t think the company might make many changes to the interior and the cabin is expected to retain the same layout and upholstery from the current vehicle. Nevertheless, considering the latest push button start feature in the latest Ciaz sedan and facelifted Swift hatchback, we believe that it would be good to see this feature on the Ertiga as well. Obviously only the top end variants of the car will get it but a + variant might be brought in that will have a feature list very similar to that of the new Ciaz.
Engine and gearbox
Coming to the powertrain, we dont expect any changes there and the facelifted Ertiga is expected to continue to employ the 1.4 litre petrol engine and the 1.3 litre Multijet diesel engine. While the former churns out 94bhp of power and 130Nm of torque, the latter produces 89bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a five speed manual gearbox. The CNG variant will also be continued to be offered.
Price and Competition
The 2015 model of the Ertiga might be priced in the range of Rs 5.82 lakh to Rs 8.6 lakh, slightly expensive than the current model. With the added features the refreshed vehicle will go up against the Honda Mobilio, Chevrolet Enjoy and the Nissan Evalia.