Maruti Suzuki is all set to bring in the second version of its popular compact MPV, the Ertiga. The launch event is not much away from now and the new Ertiga will be quite an important product for the company. Maruti knows that to win customers in India, the pricing needs to be kept low and therefore it will position the upcoming Ertiga just slightly above the outgoing model.
Going by pure numbers, the Ertiga will be over Rs. 2 lakh cheaper than the recently launched Mahindra Marazzo. Let’s now see how is that to happen.
The current generation Ertiga starts at Rs. 6.34 lakh for the base LXi trim. The new Ertiga will not be placed very higher than the outgoing version and expect the pricing to start under the Rs. 7 lakh mark. To put things in perspective, the top petrol variant of the Maruti Swift, called the ZXi+ varint, is priced at Rs. 7.31 lakh for the manual variant and Rs. 7.76 for the AMT variant. This paints a clear picture that the Ertiga is a strategicaly placed product.
Talking of Marazzo, it begins at Rs. 9.99 lakh for the base M2 variant and goes all the way upto Rs. 13.90 lakh for the top M8 variant. However, the Marazzo comes with a diesel engine and does not have a petrol engine as an option. Though a petrol variant has been speculated, it is not coming any time soon.
Which leaves us with only the diesel variants of the Ertiga for the comparison to be fair. Now the current diesel engine variants of the Ertiga start at Rs. 8.78 lakh for the base LDi trim. This still makes it cheaper by almost Rs. 1.2 lakh than the base D2 variant of Marazzo. The new Ertiga will be placed over slight premium than the current version and hence, expect it to start near Rs. 9 Lakh price mark. This still gives a huge price benefit to the Ertiga over the Marazzo
The base variant of the upcoming Ertiga will come powered by Maruti’s Mild Hybrid SVHS diesel engine with 1.3 litre displacement. It produces 89 Bhp of power along with 200 Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. There will no automatic gearbox option on the diesel variants. However, the petrol variant will have an option of a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The Marazzo D2 on the other hand gets powered by a bigger 1.5 litre diesel engine that churns out a healthy 121 Bhp of power along with 300 Nm of torque. The Marazzo also does not come with an automatic transmission option and makes do only with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Larger displacement however means that it will be less fuel efficient than the Ertiga. The SVHS system on the Ertiga will further enhance it’s fuel efficiency.
For the higher asking price, the Marazzo offers you more space, slightly more features (base variant Marazzo low on features), and a powerful engine. The Ertiga on the other hands offers better value with its high fuel efficiency and big price margin over the Marazzo. The new Ertiga is also decently specced so features count is not much of an issue. Whether the Rs.1.2 lakh premium the Marazzo commands over the Ertiga is justifiable or not would only be determined once the Ertiga would be launched officially.
All prices listed are ex-showroom, Delhi