Maruti Suzuki recently launched the all new Ertiga in India. The new MPV is larger and more powerful than the model it precedes. The new Ertiga has got a pretty good response from the customers and while the official sales figures are not out yet, expect the car to gather some good numbers. Meanwhile, the older generation model of the Ertiga is being offered with pretty decent discounts currently. The offer is applicable on the leftover stock which has not been sold as of yet. For the same, the company is offering these lucrative deals in a bid to sell the remaining stock.
The unsold stock of the Ertiga is getting discounts as high as Rs. 1.08 lakhs in several dealerships, depending on the inventory and availability. The petrol powered variants, which get the 1.4-litre K14 petrol motor, are available with benefits of up to Rs 53,000. The CNG variant of the MPV, on the other hand, is available with a lesser Rs 28,000 discount. The deal makes sense if you are a bit short on budget or are not planning to use the vehicle for a long time. While the new Ertiga is certainly a better car, the older generation model is also quite a decent MPV and is quite usable in the city with its compact dimension.
Maruti Suzuki launched the previous-gen Ertiga in 2012 and was marketed as the LUV, that is, Life Utility Vehicle according to the company. It was the first MPV by the brand in India and became fairly popular with the customers. The MPV never really had any direct competition as it offered a compact alternative to the big MPVs in the market and was quiet light on the pocket too. It was powered by a 92 Bhp, 1.4-litre petrol motor until Maruti Suzuki updated the Ertiga in 2015, adding a diesel motor with its SHVS mild-hybrid technology. It also became quite popular with the Taxi operators for the space and versatility it offered.
Talking of the new Maruti Ertiga, it is offered with two engine options – a 1.3-litre diesel and a 1.5-litre petrol. Both the powertrains are paired with Maruti’s SHVS mild-hybrid setup which gives a boost to fuel efficiency. The 1.5-litre petrol engine is the same one that debuted on the facelifted Ciaz and produces 104 Bhp of power along with 138 Nm of torque. The new Ertiga’s petrol engine comes paired with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The petrol-manual Ertiga returns a 19.34 mileage of Kmpl while the petrol-automatic variant offers 18.69 Kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki is currently planning to launch a premium six seater version of the new Ertiga which will offer unmatched comfort and features in the segment. It will be probably available with only the top trim options and will focus on comfort of the rear passengers. Though the MPV does not have any competition as of yet, it is somewhat challenged by the Mahindra Marazzo which is a segment higher. Also, the upcoming Reanult Kwid based RBC MPV will give it a direct competition.