Maruti Suzuki has launched the 2022 Ertiga for a starting price of Rs. 8.35 lakhs ex-showroom and it goes up to Rs. 12.79 lakhs ex-showroom. Changes have been made to the exterior, interior as well as engine. It is offered in four variants, LXi, VXi, ZXi and ZXi+. For commercial purposes, there is a Tour M variant available.
Mr. Hisashi Takeuchi, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “Ertiga’s launch 10 years ago was a significant moment in the Indian automobile industry, as it created a new segment that has been growing at a CAGR of 4.7%. With a decade long legacy, the country’s first compact MPV Ertiga has a special place in the Indian automobile industry. The Next-Gen Ertiga with advanced technology features will also come with a new engine and an all-new transmission. As it stays true to its brand vision of providing comfort, technology, and safety features, while being fuel-efficient for customers, the Next-Gen Ertiga will surely continue to be India’s go-to MPV. We are confident that the Next-Gen Ertiga will be widely embraced by our customers.”
On the outside, the exterior has been updated with a new grille and new 5-spoke dual-tone alloy wheels. The chrome garnish on the tailgate has also been changed. Two new body colours have been introduced. They are Dignity Brown and Splendid Silver.
Some of the new features that have been added to the Ertiga are cruise control, Driver side auto-window up with anti-pinch, follow-me-home headlamps, automatic headlamps and auto-close function for the ORVMs. The speedometer has also been updated for the S-CNG models.
As standard, you get ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Rear parking sensors, dual airbags, high speed alert, seat belt reminders and ISOFIX child seat mounts. On the higher variants, you get four airbags, Electronic Stability Program and Hill Hold Assist.
The dashboard design will stay the same as the current Ertiga. This means that the steering wheel, wooden insert, automatic climate control and AC vents stay the same. However, the manufacturer has updated the touchscreen infotainment system of the Ertiga. It is the new 7-inch SmartPlay Pro system that runs on the new user interface that we have seen on the Baleno. It also comes with voice commands that can be triggered by saying “Hi Suzuki”.
The Ertiga would also come with Suzuki Connect which would enable some connected car features such as Alexa Remote Capability, trip driving behaviour, smartwatch connectivity, remote operation, vehicle staus, alerts and vehicle tracking.
The Ertiga now comes with a new 1.5-litre DualJet petrol engine with a smart hybrid system to boost fuel economy. It would use two injectors per cylinder instead of a single injector per cylinder. This gives Maruti Suzuki more control over fueling. The engine produces 100 PS of max power and 136 Nm of peak torque. While running on CNG, the power output decreases to 87 PS and torque decreases to 121 Nm. As standard, you would still get a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The automatic gearbox would now be a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Till now, 4-speed automatic transmission was offered had started to show its age when compared to the rivals. This time Maruti Suzuki is also offering paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. The new gearbox would be better when it comes to fuel economy, and smoothness of gear shifts and it would also shift faster. Speaking of fuel efficiency, the Petrol MT has a claimed fuel efficiency of 20.51 kmpl, the Petrol AT delivers 20.30 kmpl whereas the CNG MT has a fuel efficiency of 26.11 km/kg.
The CNG powertrain would be offered on VXi, ZXi and Tour M. Before this, the CNG powertrain was limited to only VXi trim but as the fuel prices increase, the demand for the CNG vehicles have increased.