With the introduction of Maruti Ertiga MPV, also lately popular as Maruti R3, Maruti India has taken into its ambit almost all car segments. It is hoped that following the robust branding and low maintenance nature of Maruti cars, Maruti Ertiga will soon make its own space in the MPV market in India. Maruti Ertiga is tagged as Indian family car even before its launch. This can be attributed to the effective price tag expected for Ertiga MPV. The first impression formed about the Ertiga MPV is very appealing and consumers are longing for this vehicle. The new MPV received its name from Indonesian language in which Ertiga means Three Rows. However, Ertiga will position itself in the MPV sub-segment that broadly accounts for 9 per cent of the automobile market.
Maruti officials claim that with MPV Ertiga, Maruti will be creating an all-new segment in the Indian auto industry. It would also announce its entry into the utility segment of cars where the company is currently not a major player. Maruti in India has loads of cars including some of the best selling cars in almost every segment. Maruti has Maruti Gypsy and Maruti Grand Vitara in the SUV segment; however these have meager sales as compared to SUVs of other brands. Besides, there are vans including Maruti Omni and Maruti Eeco that provide good option and are value for money cars.
Maruti Ertiga was first unveiled at the Auto Expo held in New Delhi in 2010 as Maruti’s upcoming MPV-Maruti R3 concept. However, the global premier of Maruti Ertiga was done in 2012 Auto Expo. The compact MPV has been developed in collaboration with parent Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC)'s research and design wing and is being produced in India itself. The designers have carefully built in `features and attributes’ of a sedan in a compact MPV Maruti Ertiga which is essentially built on theme of togetherness. Utility vehicles occupy 15% of the total automobile sales and Maruti was not tapping the benefits from this segment till now. But with Ertiga, Maruti India is all set to challenge the hegemony of rivals.
The almost fully grown seven-seater MPV will be available in both petrol and diesel variants and two different trims. The Maruti Ertiga petrol is packed with 1.4 litre 1372cc K series (probably K14) engine that produces a maximum power of 70 Kw at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 130 Nm at 4000 rpm. Being the K-Series engine, the USP of these engines is that they are more fuel efficient. The Certified fuel efficiency (as per CMV Rule 155, India cycle) of Petrol Ertiga is a top of the class 16.02 km per litre. The 1.3 L 1196cc DDiS Super Turbo diesel engine will be the other engine guise that will power the MPV. This engine is similar to that of the Maruti SX4 sedan. The Maruti Ertiga diesel will produce 66 Kw at 4000 rpm and 200 Nm at 1750 rpm. The Certified fuel efficiency (CMV Rule 155, India cycle) of Diesel Ertiga is a class leading 20.77 kmpl. The Maruti MPV Ertiga will have a five speed manual transmission system. The car is a front wheel drive and sports fine quality interiors, which makes it more appealing.
MPV is space efficient and will boast of its interior space placing it in the mini MPV segment with 4265mm in length and 2740 mm wheelbase. It is expected that two airbags will be part of standard equipment of the Ertiga. Ertiga MPV is expected to be available in at least six variants: LXi, VXi, ZXi, LDi, VDi and ZDi. Higher end variant Maruti Ertiga ZXi is expected to have Anti-lock Braking System. Other features such as twin AC with climate control, 3 spoke tilt-power steering with mounted controls, power windows with auto down, central locking, audio system (USB Compatible, 4+2 speakers), multi information display, keyless entry, etc will be stuffed in Maruti Ertiga. The roof mounted AC vents in the second and the last row passenger seats will provide passenger comfort. Blazing Red, Torque Blue, Silky Silver, Arctic White, Glistening Grey and Midnight Black are the colors well anticipated for Maruti Ertiga. The new Maruti Ertiga MPV is unquestionably designed to ensnare the Indian families who are specially looking for a perfect merger of everyday space and usability and this MPV by Maruti is absolutely ideal for them.
Maruti Ertiga Models
Maruti Ertiga LXI
This would be the base petrol model of the series. The Ertiga LXI will be powered by K series 1.4 lire of petrol engine which belts out 70 Kw of max power and 130 Nm of maximum torque. Since it will be the range opener somewhere near to Rs 6 lakh, it will not be stuffed with too many features but power windows, power steering, body color bumpers, manually folding OVRMs (outside rear view mirrors), multi trip meters, AC, etc. will come as standard.
Maruti Ertiga VXI
This will be the mid range model of the new Maruti MPV also powered by the same K14 petrol engine. It is anticipated that Ertiga VXI will come with features like central locking, electrically folding OVRMs, keyless entry, adjustable headrests, body colored OVRMs, door handles and many more. The mileage offered by all petrol variants will equal 16.02 kmpl.
Maruti Ertiga ZXI
The Maruti Ertiga ZXI will be the range topper in petrol models. It will be stuffed with a number of premium features which won’t be offered in the starting and medium range model. These features include ABS with EBD, optional Airbags, Leather Seats, Music System, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, etc.
Maruti Ertiga LDI
The Ertiga LDI variant will be the base diesel variant which will be powered by a 1.3 litre DDiS turbo diesel motor producing 66KW@4000 rpm and 200Nm torque. This variant will carry exactly same features as Maruti Ertiga LXI, except the different engine system.
Maruti Ertiga VDI
Ertiga VDI will sit in the mid diesel segment MPV and will borrow its features as Maruti Ertiga VXI, except the different engine system. VDI will house the same diesel engine as LDI. Maruti claims a mileage of ARAI certified 20.77 kmpl for all diesel variants including VDI.
Maruti Ertiga ZDI
The Maruti Ertiga ZDI is the diesel top end variant and will be carrying all the features offered with the ZXI model. The ZDI will be the highest priced model among the Ertiga model range.
Maruti Ertiga Mileage, Average And Fuel Economy
All the variants of this mini MPV will abide by the new generation BS-IV emission norms and all the credit goes to Maruti India’s new age exquisite K series engine, which is highly fuel efficient and will emit lower carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Maruti Ertiga will not disappoint customers in terms of mileage. The mileage of Maruti Ertiga, will impress its consumers in a single drive. Officials have cleared that the petrol variant of Maruti Ertiga will deliver the perfect mileage of 16.02 km per litre. On the other hand, the diesel variant of Maruti Ertiga will give an impressive mileage of 20.77 km per litre, which is pretty good for a MPV. However, we expect that these figures will be possible to achieve only on highways and the city mileage would be comparatively low. The variable valve timing (VVT) technology in the mill of the Ertiga will help to change the timing of the fuel intake for continuous power generation that ensures maximum use of engine power. In other words, the new technology guarantees maximum fuel consumption, engine performance and lesser emissions thereby increasing acceleration.
Maruti Ertiga Power
The petrol variant of Maruti Ertiga comes with K series (K 14) 1.4 litre of petrol engine with a displacement of 1372cc, which keeps the ability to produce maximum power of 95 BHP at 6000 rpm with 130 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. To our surprise, the K 14 petrol engine is the largest version of K-series so far and because of being enormous, it will deliver better power and torque. The mini MPV will also be available in the diesel version, which will definitely bring a smile on the face of the Indian consumers. The diesel version of Maruti Ertiga will feature 1.3 litre of 1196cc of DDiS super turbo diesel motor. The engine is pretty analogous to Maruti SX4 sedan and will churn out 90 BHP of power at 4000 rpm along with 200 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. Variable Valve Timing in engine will help in continuous power generation guaranteeing maximum use of engine power.
Maruti Ertiga Colors
Maruti Ertiga Acceleration & Pick-Up
To enhance the pickup and acceleration of Maruti Ertiga, the engines are wisely mated with a five speed manual gearbox. The Maruti car can accelerate from 0kmph to 100 kmph in 15 seconds for petrol and 15.5 seconds for diesel Ertiga. This gearbox provides the mini MPV an awesome acceleration and it doesn’t take much of a time to touch the top speed of 155 km per hour, which certainly sounds amazing. Maruti Suzuki India has made sure that the driver gets an awesome and relaxed driving experience.
Maruti Ertiga Exterior
India's largest car maker, which sells every second car in the country has shown a thumbs up to unwrap its first MPV, the Ertiga, subsequently challenging the already existing car brands in the segment. The Ertiga seems to have borrowed much of its design concept from Suzuki. The Ertiga, is purely based on the RIII concept, and can be said to be based on Maruti Ritz. Car pundits say that Maruti Ertiga exteriors are inspired from Ritz hatchback especially if styling is considered. In the front the nose of Maruti Ertiga looks very similar to that of the Ritz, with its slot-like grille and bellying bonnet. The radiator grille contains the Suzuki emblem. However, the lower part or chin of Ertiga is quite unlike Ritz being much wide and bulky. The air inlet under the body color bumper is large complementing a MPV look and so are the enclosures that house the fog lights. The headlights are more or less Swift type with bulged appearance and sweeping sideward.
This is a peoples-mover, and that means a lot of additional space, so Maruti has elongated the wheelbase to 2740 mm, raising it by 380mm as compared to the Ritz, and the roof is higher. However, Maruti Ertiga is almost similar in size and dimensions as the Innova or the Xylo, however Ertiga is smaller in lenght. Xylo has the maxmum interior comfort. When viewed from side, the sweeping back roof is the major attraction. Body color outside mirrors and body color door handles are missed out from the lower variants of this new car so as to keep the price in check. The quarter glass helps the passengers of last row to view outside. The windows and windscreen will be tinted to protect the inmates from sunlight. Alloy wheels with wheel cover heighten the luxury quotient of Ertiga.
Ertiga MPV will come with tinted rear windscreen wrapping itself around the back rendering the MPV a ‘pillar-less’ look from the back. Even a wiper and defogger can be noticed on the Windscreen. The tiny tail-lamps seem to have been designed with cost rather than visibility in mind. Body color bumpers continue at the rear also however, whereas the boot is not very spacious because of three seats in the MPV.
The stretched 2740mm of wheelbase and the additional third row seats have rendered a lengthy appearance to Ertiga. The total length will turn out to be 4265mm, well over the critical four-metre length. This has resulted in the Ertiga not qualifying for the lower excise duty benefit for small cars. The width and height of this MPV comes out to be 1695mm and 1685mm respectively. What adds more appeal is the 15 inches of alloy wheels, which ensures smooth ride.
Maruti Ertiga interiors can boasts of its seating capacity but not comfort although Maruti designers have put in their bits to give a satisfying product. The MPV is designed to lure the big Indian families looking for an ideal blend of everyday usability and space. The Ertiga isn’t just a practical mono-volume with three rows of seats like the much more utility van Eeco. It may not be as spacious as the Innova, but rest assured quality will be decent as per Maruti’s standards.
According to initial information, a lot of parts inside the car are borrowed from the very successful hatchback in India-Maruti Swift. Light weight materials contribute majorly in giving the interiors a more luxurious look. The beige interior theme along with a number of styling features can prove a real plus point for the car. Ertiga MPV that will seat seven people has made a good attempt in utilizing the space inside the car. The split design in middle let the passengers to jump to the third row and that too only from the left hand side. The middle and last-row occupants will also get improved cooling from roof-mounted AC vents in these rows. The rear seats will also get armrest with cup holders. The boot space is not too much but foldable rear seats can make the boot large for keeping ample of luggage. The front seats will have four-way adjustments.
The new Maruti Ertiga sports a 5 speed manual gearbox, power windows with electrically adjustable mirror and auto down facility. The 3 spoke tilt adjustable electric steering wheel works like magic while driving. The steering has audio controls mounted on it along with keyless entry and central door locking. Audio system is powerful and comes with 4+2 speakers and USB compatibility. The instrument cluster has two trip meters and multi information display sums up the entire look of the front cabin. Remote for central locking, fuel filler and boot lid are also present in Ertiga. However, the driver seat has electric adjustments and the car is also blessed with a range of storage spaces inside including bottle holders, coin holders, sunglass holders, etc.
Ertiga is an audacious and chippy initiative, in which Maruti’s designers have carefully built in `features and attributes’ of a sedan in the form of a compact MPV to evolve a next generation vehicle. Built on the central theme of ‘togetherness’, Ertiga is an interesting mobility solution for young dynamic confident Indian who wants to hold back individuality and yet retain Indian custom of ‘togetherness’. The plush and premium interiors of Ertiga exude trust, elegance, class, versatile character and agility. The interiors offer an array of new features such as a 3-spoke, tilt adjustable electric steering, twin AC, strong audio system with USB Compatibility and 4+2 speakers, steering mounted audio controls, central door locking and keyless entry, multi information display, power windows with auto down and electrically adjustable mirror. The Ertiga offers a three-row flexi-seating arrangement for 7 passengers (2+3+2) that is easier to operate and is high on storage space. Each row of the car has been designed keeping in mind the occupants’ seating requirements; whether for an individual’s day-to-day business commitments or for a family’s weekend shopping, dining or weekend drives.
Maruti Ertiga Engine Capacity & Performance
As we have already mentioned, the Maruti Ertiga model will be rolled-out in both diesel and petrol variants. The petrol variant of the car will be powered by a 1.4 liter power train of Maruti’s latest K Series with VVT. The K14 engine is the largest K series engine so far. With a displacement of 1372 cc, the engine of Maruti Ertiga petrol with variable valve timing is expected to be capable of delivering a peak power of 95 bhp along with a peak torque of 130 Nm.
On the other hand, the Maruti Ertiga diesel will come powered by a 1.3L multijet turbo diesel engine with DDiS (Direct Diesel Injection System). The Maruti Ertiga diesel engine will come coupled with Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) for better efficiency. The maximum power and maximum torque figures of the Maruti Ertiga diesel are expected to be 89 bhp and 200 Nm, respectively. This is the same engine that Maruti is sourcing from Fiat for its Swift, Ritz and Swift Dzire models.
The variable valve timing (VVT) technology in the mill of the Maruti Ertiga will assist in changing the timing of fuel intake so that continuous power generation takes place ensuring maximum use of engine power. In other words, the new technology guarantees maximum fuel consumption, engine performance and lesser emissions thereby increasing acceleration.
Both petrol and diesel version of the car will come coupled with a five speed manual transmission gearbox as standard. The automatic transmission version of Maruti Ertiga is expected to be launched in the country after a few months of the launch of Manual transmission version. All variants of the car will be compatible with the new generation BS-IV emission norms, thanks to the Maruti’s new age K series engine, which is not only better in fuel efficiency, but also emits lower Co2 in the environment.
Maruti Ertiga Wheels
To make the drive safer and smooth for the consumers, Maruti Ertiga features splendid 15 inches of alloy wheels. These alloy wheels give the entire car a sporty look along with will guaranteed high ground clearance.
Maruti Ertiga Braking & Handling
Maruti Ertiga ensures to provide the consumers with superb handling and brakes in the car as the firm is known for developing durable and stable vehicles and that is why this mini MPV is safe and secure while driving. Front disc brakes and rear drum brakes in Ertiga proves to be excellent while applying brakes during emergencies and generally also. Maruti India has designed this car to be aerodynamically efficient, which not only keeps this Maruti car unwavering on high speeds but also will make it easy for the driver to steer in heavy traffic. Further what adds more charm to this mini MPV is its advanced and enhanced brake system that ensures safe driving both for the passengers and for the pedestrians on the road.
Maruti Ertiga Handling & Safety
Maruti Ertiga doesn’t disappoint the consumers in terms of safety features. The MPV is blessed with a rage of standard and new age safety features, which will be protecting the two airbags, one for driver and the other one for co-passenger, Antilock Braking System (ABS) with EBD and brake assist that allows the car to get the right braking balance between the rear and front axle. There is also engine immobilizer and high tensile roof that add on to the safety features of this multi utility vehicle.
Maruti Ertiga Stereo & Accessories
Audio system in Maruti Ertiga is powerful and comes with 4+2 speakers and USB compatibility. Nippon Kenwood MP3 player with FM, AM and Radio eill do it duty. Single CD player with remote function is avaialble so that passengers at back seats do not have to disturb front seat passenger or driver to change music or volume.