We have been eagerly waiting for the Maruti Suzuki C-Segment MPV since its debut at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi.
What makes this crossover MPV a standout from other MPVs on the Indian road is that it is very Indian. The ergonomics, esthetics, space, power, everything has been designed keeping in mind the Indian culture. In addition, Maruti Suzuki offers its MPV to the more enthusiastic youth who need time out of the everyday life.
After the launch of second generation Swift in 2004, the company was so overwhelmed by the response that they decided to add a boot to its rear and launched the Dzire sedan soon after. Since they have mastered the craft, they just took the idea a notch higher to bring to us the Ertiga MPV.
Maruti Suzuki will launch the much anticipated Ertiga on 12th April in Delhi and Mumbai. With this launch, the company craves a new compact multi-ute segment into the Indian market. The company strategically launches the Ertiga after seeing the ute-vehicles growing by 15 per cent in the past 5 years.
On the first peek, the Ertiga looks traditional Suzuki with the prominent grille, bulging bonnet and wide bumpers, having striking resemblance to the Ritz. The bumper features larger air vents and starring fog lamps with the headlights similar to the Swift series.
The front is not astonishing, but there is significant improvement when it comes to numbers. The MPV comes with increased wheelbase and ride height. On the rear, it sports body hugging tail lamps, and larger windshield. For the increased wheelbase, the third row gets extra rear quarter panel, which looks less practical.
Rear profile features the reflectors incorporated in the bumper and the light holder unit for the rear number plate. Surprisingly, the extended wheelbase doesn’t come out hideously as in the Dzire’s boot. Going along with the MPV feel are the 15-inch alloy wheels and wheel cover. The Ertiga’s rear windshield has been tainted in a manner to give a pillar-less appearance when viewed from the rear, however, the tail lamps are not very impressive.
Though it is radically spacious, don’t expect the Ertiga to boast the luxury feel of the European cars. It does not take an Einstein to understand the features are designed to suit an Indian family while still attracting the younger segment. It may not be as spacious as the Innova, but then it isn’t simply a leather-seated Eeco.
The Eritga borrows tons features from the much successful Swift hatchback. Besides packing the Ertiga with features, the company has added practicality by making extensive use of lightweight material. The beige interior theme along with a number of styling features can prove a real plus point for the car. Coming as a seven-seater, the Ertiga features split design in middle allowing the passengers to jump to the third row from the left hand side. The middle and last-row occupants also enjoy sufficient cooling from roof-mounted AC vents in these rows. The rear seats will also get armrest with cup holders. The seating arrangement is as 2-3-2 with folding seats giving ample space for the already spacious luggage room (400+ litres). The front seats will have four-way adjustments.
On the comfort end, the Ertiga features power windows with electrically adjustable mirror and auto down facility. The 3-spoke tilt adjustable electric steering wheel gives flexible riding position to the driver in traffic and on highways. The steering features audio controls mounted on it along with keyless entry and central door locking. For entertainment, there is Audio system with 4+2 speakers and USB compatibility. Nippon Kenwood MP3 player with FM, AM and Radio are added for entertainment. The instrument cluster has two trip meters and multi information display sums up the entire look of the front cabin. Center locking, boot control, fuel lid cover are operated via remote control. Eritga features abundant of storage places in the car and there is a great chance you might loose something.
Maruti Suzuki offers the Ertiga in petrol and diesel options. Both the variants come with an inline 4-cylinder configuration engine. A 1.4-liter motor of Maruti’s latest K-Series with VVT will power the petrol variant of the car. The K14 engine being the largest K-series engine so far with 1373 cubic capacity pumping out 94 Bhp along with a peak torque of 130 Nm.
Diesel trim will be powered by a 1.3-litre multijet turbo diesel engine with DDiS (Direct Diesel Injection System) having 1248 cubic capacity. This 88 Bhp and 200 Nm diesel motor features Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) for improved efficiency and reduced emissions. Maruti is sourcing the same engine from Fiat for its Swift, Ritz and Swift Dzire models.
Ertiga offers a five-speed manual gearbox as standard to both the power plants. The automatic transmission version of Ertiga will follow the manual version soon. All variants of the car will boast improved fuel efficiency and reduced emission figures thanks to the Maruti’s new age K-series engine, which is attuned with the new generation BS-IV emission norms.
Speaking of underpinnins, the Ertiga sports McPherson sturts in the front, while torsion beam is featured at the rear. It also has disc brakes up front, and read drums.
In terms of safety, the car features two-airbags, ABS, EBD and brake assist. Adding to structural rigidity of the Ertiga is high tensile roof, while engine immobilizer is also featured in the muli-ute.
Expected Shades to be available in Maruti Ertiga
- Blazing Red
- Torque Blue
- Silky Silver
- Arctic White
- Glistening Grey
- Midnight Black
Expected price of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
- Maruti Ertiga LUV Petrol LXi – Rs. 5.89 Lakhs
- Maruti Ertiga LUV Petrol VXi – Rs. 6.60 Lakhs
- Maruti Ertiga LUV Petrol ZXi – Rs.7.30 Lakhs
- Maruti Ertiga LUV Diesel LDi – Rs. 7.30 Lakhs
- Maruti Ertiga LUV Diesel VDi – Rs. 7.90 Lakhs
- Maruti Ertiga LUV Diesel ZDi – Rs. 8.45 Lakhs