Maruti Ertiga Facelift Launched at Rs.5.99 Lakhs

The Ertiga facelift has been launched in India by Maruti Suzuki and this will be the first updated edition of the car since its 2012 launch. The car has both mechanical as well as cosmetic updates and packs quite a punch in its new avatar.

The MOV now comes with two engine options. First is the 1.4 litre petrol unit that delivers 94bhp in terms of power as well as 130Nm of torque. The diesel unit is a 1.3 litre MultiJet engine that gives 90bhp of power as well as 200Nm in terms of torque. In terms of updates, the Ertiga becomes only the second Maruti car after the Ciaz to get the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology here in India and while this has increased prices by a bit, the car remains quite desirable.

In terms of looks too, the car has a new chrome grille, chrome garnish on the fog lamps as well as revised bumpers. Available in six shades, the Ertiga will take on the Chevrolet Enjoy and the Honda Mobilio here in Indian markets.

Prices for the Ertiga are as follows:

Diesel variants (introductory ex-showroom Delhi)

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LDi- Rs.7.55 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LDi (o) – Rs.7.62 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga VDi- Rs.8.26 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDi- Rs.8.82 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDi+- Rs.9.25 lakh

Petrol variants (introductory ex-showroom Delhi)

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Lxi- Rs.5.99 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LXi (o) – Rs.6.35 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga VXi- Rs.7.26 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZXi- Rs.7.85 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZXi+- Rs.8.42 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga VXi AT- Rs.8.26 lakh

 

Honda Mobilio vs Maruti Ertiga vs Toyota Innova: Specifications Comparison

Honda Mobilio, the bagful of Japanese goodies is about to hit India probably by this year. But after Mobilio’s unveiling at Delhi Auto Expo, a good round of havoc was created amongst audience, and the speculation build-up started talking place underneath the shade of launch. However, Honda Mobilio’s stiff rivals would be the segment’s best – Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova.

Actual comparison after the launch will conclude a detailed first hand report with various other minute flickering. But let’s see what the specifications comparison of these three MPVs had to say on our blog for now.

Pricing:

Pricing is the best bet to toss the game in the country. Innova smartly managed to sweep a bigger crater than others with the largest price tag. Starts at Rs 9.67 and goes on till Rs 14.92 lakh for the top trim (ex-showroom, Delhi). The second existing product of the market Maruti Ertiga falls flat for masses with Rs 5.80 lakh on the base LXi petrol, trailing the list to top-end diesel ZDi variant with Rs 8.24 lakh. However, as per our expectations, the Honda will not be that premium on the pricing likewise the Innova. But inspiringly it will retail Mobilio for Rs 6.25 lakh (approximately) in the base petrol variant – a notch down than the Ertiga.

Honda Mobilio

Power:

Likewise, the ongoing trend of industry, Honda Mobilio too is imagined adapting that same engine for number of badges in the repertoire. Engine engulfed into the bay of hatchback powering the whole family upto the MPV (for e.g. Maruti with the Fiat 1.3L Multijet diesel). Honda’s existing 1.5-litre petrol i-VTEC and 1.5-litre diesel i-DTEC engines of the new Honda City and Amaze are touted to get dwelled under the bonnet of Mobilio. The 1497cc, four-cylinder petrol motor makes a finer 117bhp and 14.7kgm, while the 1498cc four-cylinder diesel churns out a good 98.6bhp and 20.3kgm.

Maruti Ertiga is submerged with a K14 1373cc, four-cylinder petrol motor and a 1248cc, four-cylinder Fiat 1.3 Multijet diesel engine. The petrol motor produces 93.7bhp and 13.2kgm while the diesel mill makes 88.7bhp and 20.4kgm.

The Toyota Innova is altogether a league apart. The biggest and heaviest of all three, it covers its engine bay with a 1TR-FE 1998cc, four-cylinder petrol engine good for 130bhp and 18.5kgm and 2KD-FTV a 2494cc, four-cylinder diesel motor that makes a simplified 102bhp and 20.4kgm.

Maruti Ertiga

Space:

Space is what Indians look at first. Though if the engine is small and the vehicle is not so powerful, it still manages to sell, because of the space on board offered for a quite competitive price. The best example is ‘Maruti Ertiga’. Talking its dimension, the Maruti MPV stretches 2740mm at wheelbase, with an overall length of 4265mm, width of 1695mm and height of 1685mm.

Factually, the Honda Mobilio is based on the same platform of Brio, and we mean Amaze too by that chance. At the Delhi Auto Expo, it measured 2650mm at wheelbase, 90mm shorter than the Ertiga, and 245mm longer than the Amaze. 4386mm of length and 1683mm of width with 1603mm of height, it batters the Ertiga in length but falls shorter on height and width.

Standing tall in the whole competition, Toyota Innova edged out the rest on wheelbase, with the space between the wheels measuring 2750mm. On the other corners it too aggressively grosses, 4585mm of length, 1765mm of width and 1760mm of height. The two of the competition (Mobilio and Ertiga) are clearly swept out by Innova in a single strike of dimension.

Toyota Innova

Conclusion:

On conclusion, seeing three of them on paper, it can be noted, Toyota Innova is the best of all. Down to the money value, the Japanese’ Innova fails to attract mass buyers due to largest price tag, but there comes the very-efficient Ertiga to the rescue. Though, Honda is planning to cave in a slot between both the categories – pricing and power. So, this seems the war is going to take shape, where the badges from rest of segment too may get involved indirectly in the case, would crisscross the fringe with regards to pricing and others.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga CNG to be launched next week

May was not a good month for most of the auto manufacturers in India, even for Maruti, the largest auto maker in India, which lost 14.4 percent in sales. As a matter of fact, the sale of some of its top selling diesel models like Swift and Ertiga also declined. So, to equitize the downfall MSI is planning to come up with the CNG version of the Ertiga by next week.

According to a report published in the Financial Express, Ertiga CNG will be appearing in two variants LXi and VXi only, not with the top of the line ZXi trim. The Ertiga CNG variant will cost about Rs. 30,000 more than the conventional model. This is considered to be an important move from Maruti as it is expecting decline in the sale of its diesel vehicles for a couple of months due to the rise in the diesel prices. So with incoming of a CNG model it will provide an adequate option for the people who are looking towards something with cheaper fuel. Maruti Ertiga will be the second vehicle in the Maruti lineup to receive all three fuels as an option, the other one is Maruti Suzuki SX4.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
The main idea behind the scene is to offer several fuel options across the models. Currently Maruti is trying to have two fuel options across its entire range. Normally a CNG option is added to the vehicle that is already available in the petrol version as a lot of work is needed to modify the engine and suspension to suit with the need of the CNG unit, according to a company official.

Toyota Fortuner vs. Maruti Ertiga vs. Ford EcoSport: A Comparison

The exquisite Toyota Fortuner was duly launched in the early months of 2012. Sales began impounding and the designs of the vehicle began to lure enumerable populace worldwide. The myriad sport utility vehicle (SUV) enthusiasts were in praises for its design and specifications. Ford EcoSport and Maruti Ertiga are also into the fray.

Though not so promising in terms of quality pressed upon for a particular price, the variants in the specifications of the 5 models of Toyota Fortuner keep luring people to large extents. The car is entailing a host of savant buyers who resort to Toyota Fortuner for refined delights with enumerable diesel versions. Many prefer diesel to petrol as a choice for fuel and Toyota Fortuner is sure to lure such buyers to large extents.

How exquisite is Toyota Fortuner?

The best part about the exquisite Toyota Fortuner is the initial glimpse; the astute reflection of bulkiness is vehement in the bigger elder siblings, the inveterate Toyota Prado and the innovatively gigantic Toyota Land Cruiser. The revised, macho look obtained in 2012 is surely momentous and shall bring in individuals from myriad fronts. Available chromes upfront and innovative novelties viz. headlamps and myriad spherical fog lamps are luring indeed! Over and above, features pertaining to transparency of the fascinating series of bumper lines and muscularly aerodynamic body makes the vehicle luring and in great recognition among people, worldwide.

Toyota Fortuner

The interiors of Toyota Fortuner are also relishing; ample spaces and amazing levels of comforts, amazingly luxurious upholstery and a not-so-distraught pricing makes the experience of riding such a car, intriguing. Besides higher placing of the driver’s podium and multi-information display based augmented visibility are surely turn-ons for myriad people.

2013 Maruti Ertiga

Besides maximal power of around 171ps is duly generated by the exquisite turbocharged engine of 4 cylinders, running on diesel at venerable torques especially of the peak of 343NM at rotations of around 1400-3200 rpms (revolutions per minutes) are worth mentioning. The Toyota Fortuner runs with its venerable 2982cc powertrain of diesel at around 8-9 kilometers per liter (kmpl) up to 11 kmpl in vividly jam packed area or location.

Ford EcoSport

As the boom is descending in the fiefdoms of utility vehicle markets, myriad incidental auto makers are duly attracting myriad buyers for best introductions. Compact utility cars are being used on a high. These cars exhibit efficacious fuel efficiency. The first compact car of sorts, EcoSport is all set to debut in the prevalent Indian auto-market.

Choosing between Ertiga and EcoSport:

Maruti Ertiga presents a tiff and competition in such a rat-race of vehicular juggernauts. Ertiga is hugely important; all and sundry knows about it in automotive parlances. The mercurial rise to pinnacle of EcoSport is due to be tested as it comes good with efficacy for the delightful patrons. Both the cars have some interesting factors which keep bemusing myriad automobile enthusiasts.

EcoSport does possess an exquisitely robust built design with trendy graphics and is certainly an efficient crossover to get fascinated by! The front profile of the car is exquisite — chrome front grilles, in built corner indicators and clear issuance of lights from the myriad headlights, sleek bonnet hood and luring fog lights which are properly chrome lined add to the profiles of EcoSport.

Toyota Fortuner Interior

The side profile of the car is pretty enough; chrome outlines shade the windows, the view of the car gets grand with profoundly stylish alloy wheels; door handles and ORVMs are body colored. Turn indicators are additional features. Interesting features like presence of spoilers at the rear ends, presence of stop lamp duly mounted and presence of chrome roof rails add to the picturesqueness of the EcoSport, in comparison with the sporty dynamics of LUV (light utility vehicle) Ertiga.

Maruti Ertiga interior

The outward profile is well trimmed; stylish cluster lamps are evident and so are in-built lamps intended to quell or cut through the fogs. Maruti Suzuki grille makes the front adorable; air-dam bumpers available in body colors make the profile of Maruti Ertiga gratifying. Real spoilers are present in the version of Ertiga as well. Exquisite smart side-view ostensible ORVMs are evident with sustainable turn indicators and presence of efficacious rear window wiper.

Ford Ecosport Interior

While the interiors of EcoSport possess varied compartmentalized inner doors and duly designed cluster of instruments inside, along with an extra helping of gear shift knobs, the ilk, Maruti Ertiga do possess lavish and comforting interiors. Controllable 2nd row of air conditioners, folding seats and sliding ones in the 2nd and 3rd rows are also appealing. The head rests provided are truly adorable.

Ford EcoSport shall be preferred:

While the EcoSport has a meager 1.0 liter petrol engine dubbed as EcoBoost and 1.5 liter diesel based engine, LUV (light utility vehicle) Ertiga possesses 1.4 liter and 1.3 liter petrol and diesel engines respectively. Ertiga and EcoSport are amicable for a nuclear family; at valued pricing, the EcoSport is the one people shall hanker after particularly because of its lavishness and robustness. These cars exhibit fuel efficiencies greater than 16, unlike Toyota Fortuner and thus EcoSport seems to be at an upper hand when it hits the roads.

Toyota Fortuner Back View

Moreover, Ford EcoSport is one of the highly anticipated car launches in 2013 in the Indian market. The maker is leaving no stone unturned in developing the eagerness with innovative advertisement drives and client interfaces. At the present, they have demonstrated the India-spec EcoSport in twelve select cities crosswise the nation. Before the introduction of the mini sport utility vehicle (SUV) by May-June, there will be a client experience drive where 100 individuals will get to enjoy the vehicle.

Maruti Ertiga Back View

The top end option will boast all the features that one anticipates from the company comprising an interactive Sync infotainment arrangement, push-button start and parking antennas.

Ford EcoSport Back View

We anticipate Ford to value the EcoSport in the Rs 5-8 lakh bracket.

Renault may bring Lodgy multi-purpose vehicle to Indian market

Renault India is enjoying the triumph of the Duster sport utility vehicle (SUV) that has managed to pocket no less than 18,000 reservations in few months of its introduction, prompting the French auto manufacturer into turning a highly perceptible brand in the nation.

The Duster sport utility vehicle (SUV), which is based on the low-priced Logan stage, has a lot of sibs including Logan sedan and the Lodgymulti-purpose vehicle (MPV). Whereas the Logan has been selling in the Indian market for over half a decade at this moment, with the vehicle now being marketed by Mahindra as the rebadge d Verito, Renault could take the Renault-Dacia Lodgy MPV multi-purpose vehicle to the Indian market.

The Lodgymulti-purpose vehicle hit European zones earlier this year. Based on the Logan platform, the vehicle is likely to oppose the likes of the Maruti Ertiga and the Toyota Innova.

Renault may bring Lodgy multi-purpose vehicle to Indian market

Given its low priced support, the Lodgy can be projected to insert between the Ertiga and the Innova in terms of cost placement. The Lodgy is obtainable in both versions comprising petrol and diesel in Europe. A 4 cylinder petrol motor, 1.6 Liter, in addition to the 1.5 Liter K9K turbo diesel engine are the two engines, which are presently presented on the highly anticipated multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).

The monocoque shaped Renault-Dacia Lodgy MPV is obtainable in both five as well as seven-seater guise. Whilst power steering is standard crosswise versions, the top end editions of multi-purpose vehicle boast a lot of security and expediency traits. Double airbags, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene and reverse parking detectors are a few of the characteristics, which the top end versions of the vehicle accompany.

In the European market, the base petrol option of the Lodgy multi-purpose vehicle boasts a sub-10,000 Euro value label that turns it a very cost efficient people mover choice.

2012 Renault-Dacia Lodgy MPV

Renault may bring Lodgy multi-purpose vehicle to Indian market

But, it will be a couple of years before the Renault-Dacia Lodgy MPV is introduced in the Indian market as 2014 is the projected year in which this multi-purpose vehicle is likely to be rolled out. The Indian multi-purpose vehicle market has witnessed a plethora of launches during the last one year, in the form of the Maruti Ertiga, the facelifted Xylo and Innova, and the Nissan Evalia. By the coming time, two more multi-purpose vehicles will enter the market, in the form of the Chevrolet Enjoy and the Ashok Leyland Stile.

Unconventional Comparison: Skoda Yeti, Maruti Ertiga and Tata Aria

Skoda Yeti:-

From the German automaker, is the crossover which we at IndianDrives are just in love with. It is smart and more practical than most SUVs out there, and is the only crossover offered by Skoda. Yes, it’s the Skoda Yeti.

For some reason, it did not perform so well in the Indian market, however, we have tested it and also tested the new 4X2 version and it definitely gives more than a match to luxury segment SUVs in the market. And why not? it is more compact, cleaner, and offers a fuel-economy that wont burn holes in your pocket.

Exterior:

From outside, it is the arguably the most stunning to look at. On the front, it features chrome radiator grille, which is surrounded by bold headlamps and massive fog lamps, featuring corner function that guide you through turns in the dark. The headlamp sweeps across to the fender of the body and is provided by daytime running lights. It is the first Skoda to feature chrome bumper brush guard surrounded by black slats.

Skoda Yeti

With some great ground-clearance and roof running rails, it has a sporty guise. Moreover, with the compact and sleek design you can never make out how spacious it is from the inside. The Skoda Yeti has black color waistline molding and side skirts; the roof sports silver shade rails, running across till the C-pillar. The wheel arches are pretty wide that accommodate 16-inch alloys.

Skoda Yeti

For a dramatic climax, the tail lamp hugs the wings and the letter ‘C’ lights up when you hit the brakes.

Interior:

Windows have a good view from the outside, and on the inside, there is greater visibility. However, the seats are lower than the usual SUVs an average 5’7” can have trouble seeing across. Controls are sensibly laid out with proper marking, and its excellent when it comes to ergonomics.

Skoda Yeti interior

The two rows can accommodate five passengers and loads of luggage at the same time. The rear seats can be folded, tumbled or removed for a larger boot space. Rear sliding seats provides extra space to already spacious leg-room.

With the basic variant, you get the AC, power window, CD player and for a little extra money, you can upgrade to alloy wheels, fog lamps and rear power windows. Dig a little deeper into your pocket, and your Yeti will feature, climate control, parking sensors, leather upholstery and xenon headlights.

Skoda Yeti engine

In terms of safety, Yeti sports 6 airbags and anti whiplash head restrain, while the stability control is exclusive for the top variant only.

Verdict:

This is one of the smartest SUVs out in the market, and is style conscious too, but with just 5 seats, is it really practical for an SUV?

Maruti Ertiga:-

The thing about Ertiga is, it is built for the Indian roads, Indian people, Indian style, good fuel economy and with very shallow price tag, it is designed keeping in mind the everyday needs.

Maruti Suzuki launched the second generation Swift hatch back in 2004. It was such an impressive car, that Suzuki went on to add a trunk on its rear, turning it into the Dzire Sedan. And now since they have become an expert at it, they reproduced the styling into an oversized hatch or lets say an undersized SUV, the Ertiga.

Exterior:

On the front you get a glimpse of the Ritz hatchback with bulging bonnet and wide bumpers. Of course, to distinguish the MPV from the hatch, there is larger air inlet under the body color bumper and fog lamps. The headlights are more or less Swift-y with the sporty appearance and sweeping sideways.

Maruti Ertiga

Being a MPV, Suzuki increased its wheelbase and ride height. While on the rear, it features these tail lights hugging the body, like in most Suzukis. Coming along with the increased wheelbase is the extra room on the rear. However, it does not look hideous like the Dzire’s boot added out of curiosity. It has quarter glass panel that gives the third row passengers somewhat clear view of the outside. Alloy wheels and wheel cover just enhance its MPV factor. 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.

Maruti Ertiga

Interior:

Japanese cars are not known for boasting luxury, and you can expect the same from Ertiga. Though it is spacious and very practical, it does not sparkle when it comes to quality. From the driver’s point of view, it is very much the Swift, however, the Ertiga features three rows of seating – two in the front, three elders or five children in the middle and again two elders at the rear. With more or less features borrowed from the Swift, it is lightweight and has mid-segment features.

Maruti Ertiga interior

Maruti Ertiga has made the best out of the space inside, with seven seats along with flexible usage of space. The second and third row passengers enjoy individual AC vents and armrest with cupholders. The bootspace is not very roomy, but with the third row seats folded, you get sufficient room for luggage.

In terms of comfort, the Ertiga features power windows, power steering, AC, multi trip meters as standard for the LXI model. For the mid range segment, you get central locking, electronically folding RVMs and keyless entry. If you go for the top variant, the Ertiga will sport ABS, EBD, dual SRS Airbags, Leather Upholstery and Music system.

Maruti Ertiga engine

Verdict:

Coming to your Maruti showrooms in April, the Ertiga is sure to impress. It is more practical, more spacious, better fuel economic, than the Yeti. However, it fails to impress when it comes to power and quality. So will it sell?

Tata Aria:-

There are two reasons to buy the Aria. One – its Tata. Two – its Tata, I mean why would you not buy the most trusted Indian brand?

Exterior

A huge capsule is what it is. Though it has a sophisticated friendly appearance, it does not please the younger crowd, who demand a cooler and more aggressive appeal.

Tata Aria

It is undoubtedly the biggest crossover of the three. With the front fascia of traditional Tata and the body line similar to those of Innova, the Aria stands tall and fierce. What distinguishes the Aria from Manza or Vista, is the dual barrel front headlamp that features darkness sensing. And why we called it a capsule, is because the bumpers and wheel arches have the same body color, giving a more humongous overall appearance.

The five door MPV has 17-inch alloys with tubeless radial tyres. Tata Aria’s rear tail-gate rises like a hatch with high mounted vertically stacked tail lamps. That is attention to details and which is why we love Tata. It goes without saying, Aria has a very-very good built quality.

Tata Aria

Interior:

On the inside, the Aria features practical functionality, things that a driver uses even for a trip around the town. It can accommodate 7 full-grown passengers comfortably. Moreover, the third and second row seats can be folded over for making room for extra luggage. In terms of luxury, it can give the premium class SUVs a run for their money. With big chunky buttons of audio and phone control, on the already adjustable steering wheel, the ergonomics are simply superb. The instrument cluster has the good-old analogue tachometer and speedometer, which is very smart. No fancy digi system, and attention is paid to what lies beneath, and that is where it matters.

Tata Aria interior

Featuring two-tone interiors, the Aria gives an elegant feel. Contrasting with the dark instrument cluster is the LCD screen, which sits in middle of the dash, also comes standard. On the top of the range Aria Pride, there are 6 airbags, (count along) ESP, TCS, Sat-Nav, Tata Blue (something that pairs up to 5 phone devices), reverse guide system, dual AC with Climate control, rain sensing vipers, glove box chiller and full leather upholstery.

Tata Aria engine

verdict:

For final words, the only problem with any car loaded with tonnes of features is that, things can and do go wrong, and it is no different with Tata Aria. Moreover, it fails to justify the sharp price tag on a longer run.

But it is arguably the most comfortable and practical car in this category.

Specifications:-

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Skoda Yeti : Big and Small

Skoda called SUVs as the next logical step at the Geneva Motor Show. According to the company, SUVs have the highest volume and a more emotional connect with the customers than any other segment. This gives a chance for Skoda to expand out of Europe to eastern countries like Russia, China and even India.

The German brand currently has one crossover in the market, the Yeti. It is a remarkable machine, and we at IndianDrives just adore it. We recently took trial of the new Yeti 4X2, and it was more of a city car than an off-roader. Nevertheless, Skoda did not compromise in styling, features and quality of the crossover and it can compete with top-level SUVs in the market.

Skoda had already announced the production variant of Mission L mid-size hatch, which will sit between Fabia and Octavia. It should hit the market by late 2012. Further, it plans Octavia uplift for 2013.

Skoda Yeti

That brings us down to the SUV. Eckhard Sholz, Skoda’s board member for technical development said, “We are successful with the Yeti. But there is room smaller than the Yeti, and there is also room for bigger than Yeti. So why not?” He also believes making cars out of mainstream into emerging markets is the only chance of survival and the SUV will help them grow.

In India, Skoda will be competing against some major brands who have tried going off-stream with mid-size SUV. There is the Ford Kuga, the soon launching Mahindra mini Xylo and Maruti Ertiga. Do tell us what you think the Skoda’s new SUV should be like.

Source: Autocar