With the Ertiga facelift now launched, we compare it with its predecessor to see what’s different.
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga facelift has just been launched in India, with prices starting at Rs 8.35 lakh (ex-showroom, India). While the changes to the updated Ertiga over the pre-facelift model are subtle, we have compared the two cars to see exactly what’s changed.
- New Ertiga’s interior and exterior design get mild updates
- Gets new 7.0-inch SmartPlay Pro touchscreen and Suzuki Connect
- Uses new 1.5-litre DualJet petrol engine; gets 6-speed auto box
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga new vs old: exterior design
Pre-facelift Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (left), new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (right)
On the styling front, there is little to set the Ertiga facelift apart from the older model, as the silhouette and overall proportions and looks have remained largely unchanged. The easiest way to tell the refreshed Ertiga apart is from the new front grille with an embedded ‘winged’ chrome trim, the dual-tone alloy wheels and the chrome garnish on the tailgate. Besides these, Maruti also has two new colours on offer – Splendid Silver and Dignity Brown – which are accompanied by the previously available Auburn Red, Magma Grey, Arctic White and Oxford Blue shades.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga new vs old: interior and features
Inside, the Ertiga facelift carries forward the same dashboard design and overall cabin layout as the pre-facelift MPV. What’s new is the Metallic Teak faux wood finish on the dashboard as well as the new dual-tone seat upholstery.
Pre-facelift Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (top), new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (bottom)
Other noteworthy changes on the inside include the fully loaded ZXI+ trim’s new 7.0-inch SmartPlay Pro touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, as well as ‘Suzuki Connect’ connected car tech with over 40 features and an onboard voice assistant. The features list also includes cruise control, auto headlamps, a rear parking camera, electrically foldable ORVMs, air-cooled cupholders and AC vents for all three rows. There are a number of safety features as well like four airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, hill-hold assist, ESP and ISOFIX mounts.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga new vs old: powertrains
One of the key changes on the Ertiga facelift is the adoption of the new 1.5-litre DualJet engine with start-stop technology that produces 103hp and 136.8Nm, which is 2hp and 1.2Nm lower than what the outgoing 1.5 engine produced. As the engine’s name suggests, this unit makes use of two injectors per cylinder, which in theory should make it punchier and more efficient. The Ertiga facelift also happens to be the first Maruti Suzuki model in India to use the 1.5-litre DualJet engine, a unit that is expected to be used by the brand’s other offerings going forward. The new Ertiga is also available with a CNG variant that utilises the same engine, though here, the output drops to 87hp and 121.5Nm when run on CNG and 100hp and 136Nm when run in petrol mode.
Pre-facelift Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (top), new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (bottom).
As standard, the Ertiga facelift comes equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox (with a claimed mileage of 20.51kpl) like the older model, however, the updated MPV has swapped out the old 4-speed torque-converter automatic for a new 6-speed unit with paddle shifters (with claimed mileage of 20.30kpl). The Ertiga CNG only comes paired to a 5-speed manual and is claimed to return 26.11km/kg.
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