Maruti likely to launch Ertiga with CNG option this month

Maruti is likely to launch new variants of the Ertiga in June, equipped with CNG-petrol dual-fuel capability. These CNG variants of the Maruti Ertiga are likely to come in the LXI and VXI trims only, but not in the top-end petrol ZXI trim.

Faced with a slump in sales across categories, Maruti thinks it’s the right time to bring in this new variant of the Ertiga, as it would come in at a much lower price point compared to the diesel variants of the Ertiga. Sales of the Ertiga slipped to 4,306 units in May from a high of 7,337 vehicles in November 2012. Since its launch in April 2012, the Maruti Ertiga has sold 86,966 units. Also read: Maruti may launch CNG Ertiga, but no Swift or Dzire CNG yet.

According to Financial Express, the CNG variants of the Ertiga could be priced only about Rs. 30,000 higher than the regular petrol variant, therefore making it a good option for those who live in metro cities where CNG is available. It would have really low running costs. Also read: LPG vs. CNG – which is better?

Likely price of Maruti Ertiga CNG

The petrol Maruti Ertiga base LXI variant currently has a starting price of Rs. 5.99 lakh, and that would give the CNG powered Ertiga a starting price of around Rs. 6.30 lakh or so, if this indicative pricing is true. The diesel Ertiga has a starting price of Rs. 7.40 lakh. The VXI petrol variant of the Maruti Ertiga is priced at Rs. 6.70 lakh and so its equivalent CNG variant could be priced a shade above Rs. 7 lakh.

If these were the indicative price points – it makes the Maruti Ertiga CNG extremely good value for money, as it is cheaper than most diesel sedans and even cheaper than the Maruti SX4 CNG variant. The advantage that the Maruti Ertiga offers is its versatility – with the ability to seat seven or carry a large amount of luggage. However, with the addition of a CNG variant, the Ertiga’s luggage carrying capacity may be reduced even further. At present it has only about 135 litres of boot space with all rows in use. The CNG variant would probably use up that boot space, for a fairly slim CNG tank to fit in (as there’s not much space for a full size CNG tank like the Maruti Eeco). Also read: Five points to consider when installing a CNG kit

What we think

The Maruti Ertiga CNG has been one variant that cab operators have been asking for. It will also appeal to individual buyers who want low running costs, but don’t want to stretch their budget by at least Rs. 1 lakh more to buy the diesel variant. Luggage space, however, will be completely absent with all rows in use, and would be fairly reduced if only five passengers travel. Also read: How to decide if an MPV is right for you

Source: Financial Express