Mumbai: The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, one of the most hotly anticipated cars of the year, has been launched on Wednesday. The second generation of the MUV was launched with a starting price of Rs 7.44 lakh ex-showroom India.

Aesthetically, the MUV looks quite striking and more premium than the outgoing model. A lot of it is down to the new grille and projector headlamps which are now being offered as part of the standard package. It has also grown in size and is now 99mm longer, 40mm wider and 5mm taller than the car it replaces. The wheelbase, though, stays unaltered but the increase in length does translate into a spacious third row. The minimum boot capacity too has increased from 135 to 209-litres.

Inside, you get a horizontally laid out dash compared to the waterfall design of the old car. The connected AC vents are clearly inspired by Audis. The dash also features a healthy dose of faux wood as the centerpiece and on the door panels to up the premium quotient of the car. Climate control has been added to the feature list as well but is available with the Z and Z+ variants only along with new 15-inch alloy wheels. Steering-mounted controls and a Bluetooth-enabled stereo system are available from the Vxi/Vdi variants onwards. The touchscreen SmartPlay system, however, has been reserved for the top of the line Zxi+ and Zdi+ variants only. Captain seats, though, have been skipped altogether and there is no telescopic adjustment for the steering either.

Other features include cooled front cup holders, an adjustable second row and reclinable second and third rows. The rear rows also get their own air conditioning. As for safety, the Ertiga is offered with ABS, dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard. ESP and hill hold assist, however, are available with the AT variants only.

As for the engines, the second gen Ertiga is powered by a new 1.5-liter petrol engine with SHVS that has been borrowed from the Ciaz. It makes 105PS of max power and 138Nm of peak torque. It can be had with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed AT gearbox. As for fuel efficiency, the petrol-manual variants claim a fuel efficiency of 19.34kmpl (+1.84kmpl), while the petrol-automatic variants claim to return 18.69kmpl (+1.66kmpl). The 1.3-liter diesel engine has been carried over as is and is available with a 5-speed manual box only.

The Ertiga directly rivals the Renault Lodgy and Honda BR-V but does overlap with some variants of the Mahindra Marazzo as well.

Source: Zigwheels