The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is one of the most affordable seven-seaters available in India. It offers a good mix of features, great fuel-economy for a people mover and the compact dimension makes it a great city runabout too.
The Ertiga has received its first mid-life update to keep it relevant in the ever evolving Indian market. The MUV gets new hybrid technology for the diesel variants along with feature cosmetic changes to both exterior and interior.
There are a few cosmetic changes to the exterior to differentiate it from its predecessor. The most evident change is the new two-slat grille in place of the current four-slat one. This is embellished in chrome to make the car look fresh. The front air intakes are also slightly modified and there are a few revisions to the bumper. There are no changes to the side, even the alloy wheels on the new car are same as before. The rear profile, on the other hand, gets its fair dose of chrome. There is an additional horizontal chrome stripe at the back and new reflector elements for the tail lamp. There is no drastic change in the way new Ertiga looks, but the onlookers will be able to distinguish this from the previous model.
The cabin of the facelifted car retains the same layout and upholstery. However, there are a few additional features like the ones we saw on the Dzire facelift. The start-stop button is standard on the top-end variant and it gets the new music system with touch-screen and navigation. The other features include retractable ORVMs and 50:50 split third row seats.
Engine and gearbox
Coming to the powertrain, there are no changes to the petrol versions of the Ertiga facelift. It continues to derive power from the 1.4-litre petrol engine producing 94bhp and 130Nm of torque. However, apart from the five-speed manual transmission, the VXi version is also available with the four-speed automatic transmission. The official fuel efficiency of the petrol MT is 17.05kmpl
The diesel variants of the Ertiga are mated to the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology that improves the efficiency by 10 per cent to 15 per cent. Apart from the 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet diesel engine producing 89bhp of power and 200Nm of torque, the car gets a larger battery, regenerative braking and Integrated Starter Generator (ISG). This powers the engine start-stop function every time the car comes to halt in traffic and also assist in developing bottom-end torque.