Maruti is planning to launch the new Maruti Ertiga on April 11. Maruti has visited the MPV segment long back with the Versa that dint do very well on the sales charts and with a lot of effort and brains working together, Maruti has now delivered another MPV without any compromises from the mistakes made with the Versa.
The Maruti Ertiga has no cues from the Versa at all whose USP lies with the monocoque construction like the Mahindra’s recent SUV that made a sensation in the Indian market, theXUV500 that makes the MPV’s drive like a car with great dynamic abilities in terms of handling and cornering complimenting with the Eritga’s small size that not too long or too tall. The Maruti Ertiga is a seven-seater that is 4265mm long and a with a wheelbase of 2740mm, the Maruti Ertiga is a tad smaller than the segment leader, the Innova thats is 4585mm long and a wheelbase of 2750mm- expect the legroom to be similar to that of the Innova.
The Maruti Ertiga basically looks like any other Maruti of these days and the front looks like the Ritz making the overall looks of the Ertiga like a stretched out Ritz. The Ertiga gets a new big headlamp cluster that stretches out almost halfway till the A-pillar, big-chin sporty bumpers and foglamp cluster that complinents the big size of the Ertiga and turn indicators on the ORVM. And at the rear, there is a big wide tail lamp cluster incorporated along with a huge glass on the rear fifth door to give the car an airy feel.
The interiors of the Ertiga is same as the new Swift with small changes like, the Maruti Ertiga gets dual tone interiors with beige and no automatic climate control. The The mid-variants and top-end variants get rear roof mounted AC vents. The seating in the Ertiga should be spacious and generous with the wheelbase at 2740mm that is same as the Innova and hence the middle row is definitely going to be very spacious and comfortable like in the Innova. The thid row though will be comfortable for short people or kids but will be a huge boot when the seats fold. The middle row seats get 40:60 split making cargo easier.
With the monocoque construction, Maruti’s target is to make the Ertiga’s driving experience car-like to drive as much as possible with minimum body roll and high conrnering ability that lacks in most of the MPVs in this segment including the segment leader. The key factor resulting to the monocoque construction is the manoeuvrability in city traffic ccoupled with Maruti’s smart move in sizing the dimensions thats is not too big nor too small for a seven seater which will pay off pretty well in terms of sales numbers.
The Maruti Ertiga will be available in bothe petrol and diesel engine options which is powered by a new 1.4-litre petrol motor from Suzuki’s acclaimed K-series family of engines. Peak power output is 93.7bhp at 6000rpm and torque is 13.26kgm at 4000rpm and 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced turbodiesel that also does duty on the SX4. Peak power here is 88.8bhp at 4000rpm while max torque is available at 1750rpm that is currently doing duty on the SX4 diesel.
The Maruti Ertiga is expected to be priced at Rs.7-9 lakhs and expect long waiting periods like in the Swift post its launch.