A new 7-seater MPV with heavy camouflage has been spied as test mule on the Greater Noida Expressway by Team-BHP readers. In all likelihood, the mysterious MPV is the next-gen Maruti Ertiga, which is expected to go on sale by mid 2018 in the Indian market, while the Indonesias-spec Suzuki-badged model would see the daylight in the first quarter of 2018. The next-gen Ertiga MPV is expected to be underpinning the lightweight Heartect architecture as its sibling hatch, the 2018 Swift, which would be launched at the 2018 Auto Expo in India in February next year.
Going by the spy-images, the 2018 Maruti Ertiga appears to be quite larger than the current model, especially from the C-Pillar. The ongoing model measures 4296mm in length, 1695mm in width and 1685mm in height, while having a 2740mm wheelbase. The new generation MPV is believed to be longer with increased wheelbase for more seating space and legroom for third row occupants. Though, the spotted mule was heavily disguised but still one can notice the steeply raked backglass, while it won't feature the sliding rear doors anymore. The interior cabin could be sourced from the all-new Swift hatchback, except a new interior theme for more upmarket and premium feeling. The new Heartect platform would make the MPV lighter yet stiffer.
With safety being given primary focus, the new MPV could come with a plethora of safety features as standard in form of dual-front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and ISOFIX child seat anchorages. Mechanically, the 2018 next-gen Maruti Ertiga would be launched in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. As a part of the lifecycle change, the company's tried and trusted Fiat-sourced 1.3L 4-cylinder DDiS diesel engine might for a toss in favour of an all-new in-house developed 1.5L diesel engine. As for the petrol variants, it is still not known whether the company would continue with the 1.4L K14B engine or introduce an updated version of it.