New Maruti Ertiga MPV gets a Diesel Taxi version, in addition to CNG & Petrol-Hybrid taxi models

Maruti Suzuki launched the Ertiga in Indian market back in 2012 and it got a major facelift in terms of design and styling last year. Ertiga is one of the best selling MPV in its segment. Earlier this year Maruti announced that they would discontinue the 1.3L diesel engine variant when the BS6 emission norms come into effect next year. Maruti had also introduced Ertiga in Tour M variant which is aimed specifically at cab market.

New Maruti Ertiga MPV gets a Diesel Taxi version, in addition to CNG & Petrol-Hybrid taxi models

As Maruti will completely put a stop on the 1.3L engine next year, they have developed a new 1.5L diesel engine inhouse which is BS6 compliant. this engine is already available in Ciaz now. What Maruti has done now is that they have silently launched the same 1.5L diesel engine in the taxi market targeted Tour M trim.

Maruti had already introduced the 1.5L diesel engine in the normal Ertiga for private car buyers. The Ertiga is now available with two engines, both of which are 1.5-litre units. One is a 1.5-litre petrol unit that churns out a good 103 Bhp of power along with 138 Nm of torque. This engine comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque-convertor automatic gearbox. The engine also gets the Mild Hybrid system that helps in increasing fuel efficiency and make the vehicle much more frugal.

The newly introduced diesel engine, churns out 94 Bhp of power along with 225 Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission compared to the 5-speed in the older 1.3L engine. With the new 1.5L diesel engine maruti Suzuki claims a fuel efficiency of around 24.20 kilometres to a litre. This comes as a good news for cab operators highly rely on fuel efficiency. another good thing about the Ertiga Tour M is that the speed of these cars have been limited to 80 kmph. That means these cars would be efficient of highways as well.

Ertiga is also available in CNG option and it is powered by the same 1.5L, four cylinder petrol engine without the mild hybrid system. It produced 78 Bhp of power and 122 Nm of peak torque. 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.

Maruti Suzuki also launched a premium MPV XL6 based on Ertiga a few months back. It is available with a petrol engine only and comes with both manual and automatic transmission. Being a premium MPV, the XL6 is sold via Nexa dealerships across the country whereas the normal Ertiga is sold via Arena dealership.