Today, Maruti Suzuki unveiled the Ertiga MPV at the 11th Delhi Auto Expo and the company will launch it in April. The Ertiga kicks start a new compact MPV segment and will compete with the Chevrolet’s production version of the MPV concept.
Looks, space and comfort
The Ertiga’s front looks like a buffed up Ritz, which is evident as the Ertiga is built on the Ritz platform. The side profile reveals the pull type door handles as in the Ritz and Swift while the rising shoulder line breaks the otherwise monotonous design. The rear of the Ertiga has Honda Jazz like taillamps and a bland boot door.
The dashboard of the Ertiga has a Swift inspired design. The central console, AC vents, steering wheel, gear knob are all carried over from the Swift. This hints that with a higher level of part sharing, Maruti Suzuki will likely price the Ertiga competitively.
The Ertiga measures 4265 mm in length and 1,685 mm in height. It houses seven adult seats (2+3+2 configuration) with 135 litres boot space when all seats are up. For additional boot space, you can fold the third row seats to get 480 litres.
Engine and performance
The Ertiga will be available in both petrol and diesel versions. The petrol variant will be powered by a 1.4-litre K-series motor that makes 98 bhp of power and 130 Nm of torque. The diesel variant will be powered by 1.3-litre DDiS super turbo that makes 90 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque.
The Ertiga will come with features such as roof mounted AC with independent AC controls for the second row and rear wiper as standard across all variants. With regard to safety, the Ertiga will have ABS and Airbags.
The Ertiga is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 6 – 8 lakh depending on the variant. The Ertiga will come in three petrol variants, Lxi, Vxi and Zxi and three diesel variants, Ldi, Vdi and Zdi.