The latest Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes with overhauled exterior and a revised interior while receiving a brand new mild-hybrid petrol engine
The Ertiga was the first monocoque MPV in India when the last generation model went on sale in April 2012 and on its reign of more than six years, Maruti Suzuki garnered well over four lakh unit sales. Having launched the second generation model only last week, the Indo-Japanese manufacturer expects big numbers with the seven-seater MPV and it has all the bells and whistles to be a success.
The MPV marketed as “Life Utility Vehicle” is a production version of the R3 concept displayed back in 2010 and the Ertiga name has been an adaptation of R-Tiga where “Tiga” refers to “three” in Indonesian language and the “R” means “rows”. Therefore, “Ertiga” means an MPV with three rows – aptly defining what its intents and purposes are.
Suzuki debuted the new Ertiga earlier this year at the 2018 IIMS (Indonesia International Motor Show) in Jakarta and after receiving positive response among customers there, it has reached India with much anticipation. The most noticeable changes are the heavily updated exterior and the revised interior with more upmarket features than before.
The second-gen is retailed in a total of ten variants with prices ranging from Rs. 7.44 lakh for the base LXi petrol and it goes all the way up to Rs. 10.90 lakh for the range topping ZDi+ diesel (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The leading automaker in the country has introduced the same 1.5-litre SHVS petrol engine that debuted in the Ciaz facelift by replacing the 1.4-litre unit.
It is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 104.7 PS at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm output of peak torque delivered at 4,400 rpm. It is mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The 1.3-litre SHVS diesel, on the other hand, has been carried forward with 90 PS at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm at 1,750 rpm and is linked to a five-speed manual only.
Courtesy of the new lightweight fifth-generation Heartect platform and use of dual battery setup with SHVS mild-hybrid technology, the 2018 Ertiga is claimed to have high mileage figures of 19.34 kmpl and 18.69 kmpl for manual and AT respectively. The regular 1.3-litre diesel also has its economy improved to 25.47 kmpl.