Maruti Suzuki has just launched the BS6 (Bharat Stage 6) emission norms compliant, CNG powered version of the Ertiga MPV. The BS6 Maruti Ertiga CNG in VXi trim is priced at Rs. 8.95 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. With this, the Ertiga CNG becones the first CNG powered car to become BS6 compliant. In the coming weeks, expect a range of CNG powered cars across automakers get the BS6 certification. The car will be showcased at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo.
The last date for BS6 compliance is 1st April, 2020. Transport departments across India will stop registration of BS4 vehicles from the 1st of April, 2020. So, if you’re in the market for a car or motorcycle or for that matter a truck, make sure that you get it registered before 31st March, 2020, if it’s a BS4 model. Speaking at the introduction of the BS6 Ertiga CNG, Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited said,
As a market leader we are constantly working towards offering sustainable mobility solutions to our customers. Ertiga has been a market leader amongst MPVs, and the introduction of BS6 S-CNG will further help augment its leadership in the segment. Being the first Company to introduce factory-fitted CNG cars in the country, today we proudly own the largest portfolio of green vehicles. We would like to thank our customers for their confidence and trust in our products.
The Maruti Ertiga CNG BS6 delivers a fuel efficiency figure of 26 Km/Kg. The MPV is powered by a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated K-Series engine that can also be run on petrol in places where the availability of CNG dispensing infrastructure does not exist. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard. In pure-petrol trim, this engine is also offered with a 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox option.
The CNG powered Ertiga makes reduced power and torque outputs: 91 Bhp-122 Nm, and while running on petrol, the engine’s full potential: 104 Bhp-138 Nm, is unleashed. Most owners won’t mind the power drop while running this MPV on CNG as it’s quite marginal, and the fact that CNG brings big savings in fuel costs.
In the next few months, Maruti is expected to launch more CNG-Petrol dual fuel cars as it steers away from diesel engined cars thanks to BS6 norms. The Indian government is also putting together CNG dispensing infrastructure in various parts of the country, with a view of shifting to CNG fuel. India has large reserves of natural gas, and shifting to CNG will be beneficial for the country as a whole.