Maruti Ertiga LUV is on the Indian Roads
Maruti Ertiga will be the first of its kind from the house of Maruti. The Ertiga SUV inspired from the Swift platform directly competes against the likes of the Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo. The Ertiga also known as the RIII concept, was first displayed in 2010 Auto Expo at Delhi was recently revealed at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo as well.
In terms of the looks, it has a longer wheelbase compared to the Ritz and Swift. The interiors have the capacity to encapsulate an entire family with three rows of seating. The seats are given a posh look with the dual tone upholstery with the steering wheel having audio controls on it. The last row of seats can be folded by moving the middle row a little forward. Ride quality in the rear is also very nice, sound damping is excellent and even the last-row passengers enjoy a fairly decent ride.
The Ertiga will come in two engine options of a new 1.4-litre K-series petrol engine which produces 95PS and a 1.3-litre DDiS engine which makes 90PS. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual box.
Maruti Ertiga mileage is around 16.02kmpl for the petrol and 20.77kmpl for the diesel variant. The price of the Ertiga is expected to be between Rs 7-9 lakh.
Shashank Srivastava, chief general manager (sales & marketing), Maruti Suzuki, said: “MUVs today account for 14 per cent of the passenger vehicle market in India. The category has registered a compounded annual growth rate of 25 per cent over three years. With the Ertiga, we want to create a new segment of compact MUVs, which can meet the requirements of customers for both personal and commercial use. It will complete the portfolio of products we have on offer in India.”Continued on the next page