The country’s largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki is all set to make its debut of its MPV, the Ertiga at the 2012 Auto Expo to be held in New Delhi. Maruti Suzuki is going to enter into the all new MPV segment with this vehicle, a segment which till now has been dominated by its Japanese competitor, Toyota Innova. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is based on the Ritz platform and carries over the front styling of the Ritz to the Eritga also. The head lights peeled all the way back show sportiness and it seems to be a carry-over from its premium hatchback, the Swift. The front bumper styling is also quite aggressive with its large air intakes and fog lamp enclosures. The rear section with relatively smaller swept back tail lamps seems to be lacking somewhat in the styling department.
The Maruti Ertiga is going to be offered both in petrol and diesel powertain options. The petrol variant is going to be powered by a 1.4-liter K-series engine that produces 95 BHP of power and 13 kgm of torque. The diesel variant employs the same Fiat sourced 1.3-liter producing 89 BHP of power and 20.39 kgm of torque. The Ertiga, a 7-seater vehicle is directly going to take on the Toyota Innova, the Tata Aria and the Mahindra Xylo. The Ertiga has a wheelbase of 2740 mm and measures 4265 mm in length and 1685 mm in height. Though, not expected to be as spacious as the Innova, the second and third row seats is likely to be sufficiently comfortable with roof mounted AC vents for better cooling. However, option of climate control is not going to be available even in the top-end variant. The dashboard is more of a carry-over from Swift with the application of lighter materials for improved fuel economy. Expect an aggressive pricing between Rs. 6 to 9 lakhs.
Source – Autocar India