While you might call it as MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) or MUV (Multi Utility Vehicle), Maruti would love to call it LUV – Life Utility Vehicle and for the car buyers there are good enough reasons to love this new vehicle from the staples of Maruti Suzuki. One can love its sedan-like handling, impressed by its fuel efficiency, floored by its better driveability and ofcourse fall for its sensible pricing and making this 5+2 seater a sure shot winner on our roads.
Key Features of Maruti Ertiga
With Ertiga, Maruti Suzuki aggressively re- enters the Multi Utility Vehicle segment hitherto ruled by segment leader Toyota’s Innova and Mahindra Xylo.
Measuring 4,265mm in length, 1,685mm in height and 1,695 in width Ertiga is chiselled with much detailing for design and visual appeasement, unlike its earlier vehicles like Omni and current van like Eeco. The end product is pleasure to watch from whatever angle you look at.
Ertiga? wonder what the name means? In Indonesian language, Ertiga means Three Rows.
Incidentally, Ertiga will also be exported to Indonesia by end of the next month.
Inside of Ertiga gives a deja vu moments for all those familiar with new Swift. The dashboard especially is borrowed from the new Swift and one cannot complaint about it since it fits well into Ertiga’s scheme of things though it sports a different shade.
The interiors are quiet vibrant and has a good quality and finish. The light beige interiors makes the vehicle roomy and bright, though one might also have to take extra care to keep it clean, considering the dusty environs we have.
All the variants comes with power and tilt steering and with A/c, though the seat height adjustment comes only with the top variant.
Like the Mahindra XUV, Ertiga is built on monocoque design, compared to a body on frame chassis in the Xylo and Innova, resulting in better handling.
Ertiga Engines, variants and fuel efficiency
Ertiga is available both in petrol and diesel engines and in total 6 variants – 3 in each engine types. LXi / LDi, VXi/VDi, ZXi/ZDi
The petrol variant of Ertiga is powered by a 1,373 cc K14 engine with VVT (Variable Valve Technology) which delivers a maximum power of 95 ps at the rate of 6,000 rotations per minute (RPM) and with a good fuel efficiency of 16.02 km per litre.
The diesel variant is powered by a 1,248 cc D13A DDiS super turbo engine which produces a max power of 90 ps at the rate of 4,000 RPM with an impressive fuel efficiency of 20.77 km per litre.
Ertiga is available in 6 colors
Competing models to Ertiga from rivals in near future
Indian UV segment is fast growing and currently has a 370,000 unit per annum utility vehicle (UV) market. With Ertiga, Maruti has in it to carve a good pie of the market share. Though competition would soon close in with Renault to launch its own compact SUV Duster and Ford to drive in its EcoSport and also M&M set to launch a mini Xylo and Nissan to offer Evalia.
Priced between Rs.5.89 lakh and Rs.7.30 lakh for the petrol variant and Rs.7.90 lakh and Rs.8.45 lakh for the diesel-powered one (ex-showroom Delhi) Maruti has sensibly priced Ertiga and with the features, styling and performance combined with Maruti’s branding you would definitely see a large numbers of Ertiga soon on Indian roads.
We would come up with our complete test drive and review soon.