Maruti Suzuki has just given India’s best selling MPV the CNG option. The 2nd generation Ertiga gets the CNG option on both private car buyer and cab operator (Tour M) trims. The private buyer trim of the Ertiga CNG is priced at Rs. 8.88 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi while the cab operator-focused Tour M CNG trim is priced at Rs. 8.83 lakhs. This makes it about Rs. 71,000 pricier than the equivalent petrol powered VXi variant. The Ertiga CNG is based on the VXi petrol variant, which also means that it can run on petrol should the owner opt to go on longer trips while the availability of CNG is a concern. The CNG powered Ertiga continues to retain the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder K-Series petrol engine but without the mild hybrid power train. This engine, which produces 104 Bhp-138 Nm outputs while running on petrol, makes 91 Bhp-122 Nm while running on CNG.
Most owners and cab operators won’t mind the drop in power and torque as CNG offers massive savings in terms of fuel costs, when compared with an equivalent petrol powered model. Moreover, CNG is much lesser polluting than both petrol and diesel, and this is another big advantage. Mileage on CNG is rated at 26.20 km/kg, and the CNG tank has a capacity of about 8 Kgs, which should give the MPV a real world range of around 180-200 Kms while running on CNG.
The CNG tank is situated in the boot of the Ertiga, which means that luggage space goes down by quite a bit, especially with the third row of seats not folded down. The Ertiga is also sold with two diesel engine options: a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet unit with 89 Bhp-200 Nm, and a 1.5 liter newly developed unit with 94 Bhp-225 Nm. Both engines get manual gearboxes as standard, with the smaller diesel using a 5 speed unit while the larger diesel gets a 6 speed unit.
The 2nd generation Maruti Ertiga, based on the HEARTECT platform, was launched last year. Right from launch, the MPV has been clocking sales of 6,000 monthly units on an average. This makes it a better seller than the much more pricier Toyota Innova Crysta and the Mahindra Marazzo. In a slow market that’s battling a severe slowdown, the Ertiga is among the new car launches that is actually keeping Maruti Suzuki’s sales numbers decent. The new MPV is larger than the outgoing model and despite this, is lighter thanks to the use of the HEARTECT platform. The new MPV also gets a slew of additional features, and revamped interiors. All in all, it’s a big improvement over the previous generation model, and the market seems to agree.