Maruti Suzuki has finally teased as to what will be a long awaited Ertiga facelift, with booking for the same already commenced of date. Considering that, the launch for the car, though unconfirmed, should be mere weeks away .
The upgrade will come in the form of significant feature inclusions, a new 1.5L K-series engine, and most importantly, the over-burdened 4-speed automatic transmission making way for a swanky new 6-speed torque convertor gearbox.
The new Ertiga is stated to be offered in combination with the new K15C petrol engine and smart hybrid tech, mated to either a 5-speed manual or the aforementioned 6-speed torque convertor along with CNG options. Promotional videos released by Maruti even show the presence of paddle shifters in the automatic models.
The new transmission is expected to have a sport mode and far better driving responsiveness than the outgoing model. All of these would help the company close the gap up to its competition, who have been offering all of these since long enough now.
The new 6-speed auto will meet the upcoming Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE 2) norms that will be implemented in April. Along with that, the increased number of gear ratios will help in the top end behaviour of the car, releasing strain off the engine from taking the pull at higher speeds.
The outgoing 4 speed had been turning Maruti’s wheels for a long time now, and when you are even offered 6 speed manuals in the segment, the former seemed a bit too underwhelming.
Maruti Suzuki currently offers two automatic transmission options in India: the entire hatchback range including the new Baleno and the Dzire get a 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), while the engines in the Ciaz, S-Cross, Brezza, Ertiga and XL6 are all currently mated to the aged 4-speed auto; the latter soon to be phased out completely for this 6-speed AT.
Most of these models are lined up to get refreshers sometime in the near future.