The country’s largest car maker in terms of volumes, Maruti Suzuki, is going to launch its new Ertiga MPV at the upcoming 11th Auto Expo to be held from 7th to 11th January, 2012 at Pragati Maida, New Delhi. Maruti India’s aggressive testing on the new MPV shows us how focused the auto major is to see the success of this MPV, which is spotted yet again that too, uncamouflaged. Good for us, because this is when we get to catch a glimpse to squeeze out all the juicy details for the sake of gossiping at least.
Talking about the Maruti Ertiga MPV, its way different from the Maruti’s existing utility vehicle line-up, the Maruti Gypsy overriding its outdated cheap look and getting the price right for what was the point of concern with Maruti Grand Vitara. The Maruti Ertiga price is expected to be in the range of Rs 5 – Rs 9 lakh to compete against the undeterred Toyota Innova in the MPV segment.
It’s powered by both petrol and diesel variants. 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.
A good look at the interiors of the car tells us how thoughtful the auto major has been. Maruti Ertiga as a standard is offered with a sitting arrangement for seven passengers while the top end variant is sufficed with accommodation for just six passengers. However, the rear seats can be folded to squeeze out extra space for baggage which otherwise makes it totally unimaginable with the lack of boot space. The car is likely to be targeted for those people who want a cost effective alternative to the existing Mahindra Xylo and the Toyota Innova for their needs.
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