The next big launch from India’s largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki will be Maruti Ertiga MPV in the Indian auto industry. Recently, Maruti has showcased the upcoming MPV at the 2012 Auto Expo held in New Delhi and since then there has been series of anticipations and the wait for the Maruti MPV seems to be finally over soon. The Maruti Ertiga will be quite bigger than its junior MPV Maruti Omni and the Maruti Versa’s another avatar Maruti Eeco.
Both Omni and Eeco have recently been posing good numbers on the sales chart for Maruti. And, with the Ertiga in, it is expected that the largest car maker will be giving a tough time to upcoming Mahindra Xylo Mini. Besides this, it will also make the turf even tougher for upcoming MPVs such as Nissan Evalia, Ashok Leyland Stile besides others. A snatching of the best MPV title from Toyota Innova is imminent following the price factor.
Based on the Ritz platform, the Ertiga MPV by Maruti will be available in petrol and diesel options and following the recent reports it will be premium in every aspect. It is expected to inherit the dashboard of Maruti Swift and a certain other features from the recently launched Maruti Swift Dzire, under four meter sedan that has over 150 new features.
The petrol engined Ertiga will come with a 1.4-liter K-Series unit, and the 94 Bhp-130 Nm engine will be introduced for the first time in India in the Ertiga. While the diesel engine option will be the tried-and-tested 1.3-liter Fiat multijet unit, with a variable geometry turbocharger. the diesel engine on the Ertiga will be in the same state of tune as the Maruti SX4 sedan, with a peak power output of 90 Bhp and peak torque output of 200 Nm.
Both engines will be mated to a five speed manual transmission. The Maruti Ertiga will come in two seating options, a five seater version and a seven seater version. The Ertiga will be available in three variants each, for the petrol and diesel engine options. The MPV is expected to take a price tag of Rs 7-9 lakh which is well below than the claimed-to-be best MPV Toyota Innova and Chevrolet Tavera Neo3.
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