Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch the new-generation Ertiga MPV during the festive season of October-November this year in the country. It is also not a hidden fact anymore that it will debut the company's self-made all-new 1.5L diesel engine. However, prior to the official announcement, the MPV has been spotted as test mule with an emission testing apparatus, suggesting that Maruti is perhaps checking whether the newly-developed 1.5L engine falls within the emission limits set by the regulatory body in the country.
Another spy-shot gives an insight of the cabin of the MPV, which carries a multi-information display (MID) instrument cluster, sourced from the recently launched Ciaz sedan. The MID showcases the engine's source to fetch power, lithium-ion battery's charging via regenerative braking and several other details. It is also being widely speculated that the 2018 Maruti Ertiga would also source the second-gen SHVS mild hybrid technology from the Ciaz across the entire variant line-up. There are also a few reports that claim that Ertiga might also spawn a cross variant, codenamed as YHB, which would be at loggerheads with Honda BR-V. The same reports further inform that the cross variant will be launched within six months of the new-gen Ertiga MPV's launch.
Mechanically, the updated MPV would be available in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. As for the petrol variants, there would be a new 1.5L K15B engine at the helm of affairs which would develop top power of 105bhp and peak torque of 138Nm. It will get assistance in torque lithium-ion battery, which currently is imported from Japan by the company. The engine would be offered with both the 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions. The similar set-up also comes with the Ciaz where the manual and automatic variants deliver class-leading mileage of 21.56kmpl and 20.28kmpl, respectively. Expect the new-gen Maruti Ertiga to be on the same lines with best-in-class mileage. As for the diesel variants, as mentioned earlier, they would get the all-new 1.5L engine in place of Fiat-sourced 1.3L DDiS motor.