Maruti Suzuki launched the all-new Ertiga in the Indian market last year. Based on the all-new HEARTECT platform, the all-new Ertiga is much bigger than the outgoing version and has quickly gained popularity in the Indian market too. However, Maruti has asked its dealerships to stop taking the bookings for the base diesel variant of the all-new Ertiga. It is priced at Rs. 8.85 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
The all-new Ertiga has a waiting period of around six to eight months depending on the variant. Soon, Maruti Suzuki will introduce the all-new 1.5-litre diesel engine, which has been developed in-house by the brand. Before the new BS-VI emission norms come into place in 2020, Maruti Suzuki is expected to replace the 1.3-litre diesel engine which is currently supplied by Fiat. However, the exact reason for the Maruti discontinuing the most affordable diesel version of the Ertiga is not known yet.
Currently, the most affordable diesel Ertiga is priced at Rs. 9.56 lakh, which is for the VDi variant of the car. There is a ZDi trim available with the all-new Ertiga too. The exact launch date of the upcoming 1.5-litre diesel engine powered Ertiga is not known but it should arrive in the market soon. Due to the higher engine capacity, the price is expected to increase. It is quite possible that the entry-level version of the diesel Ertiga will be available with the LDi version, which will help Maruti to price the vehicle strategically.
It should be noted that the upcoming 1.5-litre diesel engine will not be available with the mild-hybrid SHVS system like the 1.3-litre diesel engine powered variants. The LDi trim level in the future may only be available with the 1.5-litre diesel engine. With the arrival of the new engine, we can expect to see a change in the trim level of the all-new Ertiga. Maruti will also introduce the same 1.5-litre diesel engine with the new Ciaz in the Indian market. However, the exact launch timeframe is not known.
The all-new 1.5-litre engine is BS-VI ready, unlike the 1.3-litre diesel engine. Maruti Suzuki has not officially revealed the specifications of the upcoming engine but leaked specifications reveal that the all-new engine will churn out a maximum of 94 Bhp power and a peak torque of 225 Nm. It is said to be very smooth and highly fuel efficient.
Maruti Suzuki offered a decent list of features with the base LDi variant of the Ertiga in the Indian market. It gets dual airbags, ABS+EBD, Isofix child seat restraints, speeding alert, projector headlamps, auto door locks, rear parking sensors, AC, 15-inch steel rims and more. There is no music system in this variant, which is available with the mid-trim VDi in the market. It should be noted that no such changes have been made in the base petrol variant of the Ertiga and it is still available with the base LXi variant.