Maruti Suzuki launches 2018 Ertiga starting from Rs 744,000

The all-new MPV is available in 10 options; gets a new 1.5-litre petrol engine.

By Soham Thakur, Autocar India calendar 21 Nov 2018 Views icon9087 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

After a long wait, Maruti Suzuki has launched the second-generation Ertiga in India at Rs 744,000 for the base petrol and Rs 10.90 lakh for the top-spec diesel (ex-showroom, Delhi). The MPV is being offered in a total of ten options (two petrol-manuals, two petrol-automatics and one diesel-manual) for buyers to choose from.

The new Ertiga is based on the 'Heartect' platform that also underpins a range of Maruti cars in India, include the Swift, Dzire, Ignis and Baleno. This has made the MPV  about 10-20kg lighter than the outgoing model. The new Ertiga is 4,395mm long, 1,735mm wide and 1,690mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,740mm. The MPV gets a 45-litre fuel tank and has a turning radius of 5.2 metres.

The 'Heartect' platform

Powering the Ertiga is an all-new 1.5-litre petrol engine from the Ciaz sedan, which is good for 105hp at 6,000rpm and 138Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. The other engine on offer is Maruti’s staple 1.3-litre diesel motor which produces 90hp at 4,400rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. Both engines will come with Maruti’s SHVS hybrid technology, which is claimed to aid fuel efficiency. In terms of transmissions, both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual, with a 4-speed torque converter automatic offered only with the petrol Ertiga.  

The top-spec Z+ trims come well equipped with features such as Maruti Suzuki’s SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and navigation, rear parking sensors with camera, automatic climate control, push button start/stop, 15-inch alloys, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a height adjustable driver’s seat. Dual airbags and ABS are standard across all variants with ESP and hill-hold function being offered on the automatic variants. However, the new Ertiga does miss out on features such as LED headlamps with DRLs and diamond-cut alloy wheels.

Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India said, “We are delighted to offer, yet again, a vehicle that re-defines style, space, safety and comfort. The next-gen Ertiga has been designed with thoughtful features and great attention to detail, keeping in mind the requirements of our ever-evolving customers. The latest avatar successfully combines the revolutionary technology and premiumness that Maruti Suzuki promises to its customers.”

Bookings for the new Ertiga have been commenced with deliveries due to start by the end of the month. The MPV will be retailed from Maruti’s Arena dealerships and will take on Mahindra’s Marazzo and Renault’s Lodgy in the Indian market.

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