The recently launched Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is selling like hot cakes, so much so that there is a waiting period of up to 5 months on certain variants of the MPV. In December 2018, the 2nd generation Maruti Ertiga outsold both the Toyota Innova Crysta and the Mahindra Marazzo, to log 7,155 factory dispatches to Maruti dealer yards across the nation. The new Ertiga has also amassed more than 60,000 bookings.
The Toyota Innova Crysta continues to be an excellent seller, with 6,551 units sold in December. Toyota has also announced that December 2018 saw a massive rise in Innova Crysta bookings, with no less than 11,200 bookings for the MPV. These numbers are nearly double of what was being clocked by the Innova each month.
The rise in bookings are said to be due to the discounts that Toyota has begun offering on this hot selling people mover.
N Raja, the Deputy Managing Director at Toyota Kirloskar Motors had this to say to The Economic Times,
We had rolled out our annual ‘Remember December’ campaign consisting of exciting benefits to bring a year-end cheer to the customers in line with the company’s consistent efforts towards enhancing customer delight. In the month of December 2018 we have witnessed high orders to the extent of 11,000 plus for Innova Crysta which is almost 50% jump as compared to the average monthly orders.
The Mahindra Marazzo turned in a decent performance in December 2018, with 3,206 units sold. Launched earlier than the new Ertiga in 2018, the Marazzo has been clocking steady sales of 3,000-4,000 units each month. The MPV will receive new variants in 2019, and this should help sales remain steady, or even increase. For now, it’s available with a single engine-gearbox combination.
The engine in question is the 1.5 liter turbocharged diesel unit with 121 Bhp-300 Nm, and the gearbox is a 6 speed manual. A turbo petrol engine and an AMT option for the diesel are the new variants that the Marazzo is likely to get later this year.
As for the best selling new Maruti Ertiga, the MPV has grown in size in its second generation but is still lighter than the older model thanks to the various weight saving measures Maruti has undertaken in the HEARTECT platform. The new Ertiga is feature-rich and offers a lot more than the outgoing model in terms of interior space, boot volume and for that matter, engine performance. The 1.5 liter K-Series petrol engine that makes 104 Bhp-138 Nm is a lot more powerful than the outgoing version’s 1.4 liter unit. The petrol engine gets 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox options. The petrol engine is accompanied by a mild hybrid.
The diesel variant of the new Maruti Ertiga continues to use the tried and tested 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged motor with 89 Bhp-200 Nm on tap. A 5 speed manual gearbox and a mild hybrid system are standard with this engine. Soon, this diesel motor will make way for a brand new 1.5 liter unit developed in-house by Suzuki. The new diesel motor for the Ertiga will arrive by the middle of 2019. It’ll be slightly more powerful than the current diesel motor.