Maruti has decided to discontinue the base diesel variant of the latest generation Maruti Ertiga MPV from next month
We have got to know that Maruti Suzuki has decided to cease the production and supply of the Maruti Ertiga LDi from 1 April 2019. While the company will fulfill all the pending orders for the base diesel variant of its popular MPV, the dealerships have stopped taking further bookings of the entry-level model to help the company clear the backlog.
Maruti Suzuki will only honour those bookings of the Maruti Ertiga LDi that were made till 1st March 2019. Bookings that have been made in the following days will stand cancelled. The affected customers will be notified accordingly.
The discontinuation of the Maruti Ertiga LDi could be a precursor to its plan of phasing out the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre DDIS engine and replacing it with an in-house-developed 1.5-litre motor. However, the current diesel engine continues to be on offer in the VDi, ZDi, and ZDi+ trims.
The Maruti Ertiga LDi is powered by the D13A 1.3-litre DDIS200 turbocharged diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 90 PS and a peak torque of 200 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and SHVS mild hybrid technology. The latest generation of the popular MPV is based on the company’s lightweight HEARTECT platform that leads to enhanced safety and considerable weight savings.
The 1.5-litre turbocharged DDiS 225 diesel engine that will eventually find its way to the Maruti Ertiga will make its debut in the Maruti Ciaz in the coming days. The new engine offers a maximum power of 95.1 PS and a peak torque of 225 Nm. This is a decent increment over the specifications offered by the current engine.
Also, the new 1.5-litre diesel engine, which will eventually go on to even power the Maruti Ertiga and the Maruti S-Cross won’t be available with an SHVS mild-hybrid technology right from its onset. The new engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. It is expected to be only slightly less fuel efficient than the 1.3-litre engine.