After launching the new Ciaz 1.5-litre diesel, Maruti Suzuki has recently been spotted testing the engine in the 2019 Maruti Ertiga
India’s car manufacturing Pioneer Maruti has had a home run in its hands with the Ertiga MPV since the day it was launched. While the spacious 7-seater found umpteen takers in the commercial sector, the buyer in the private sector didn't hold back as well. The car has gone on to become one of the best-sellers for the company, and an all-new version was launched earlier this year. While the looks were subtly updated to give the car a more chiselled appearance, the most significant change happened under the body and inside the cabin. The 2019 Maruti Ertiga has been endowed with Maruti’s new, lightweight Heartect platform, a new K15B 1.5-litre petrol unit and an upmarket cabin with updated features, trumping the old one in every way.
The 2019 Maruti Ertiga will become the next recipient of the new E15A oil-burner that will eventually replace the FIat-source D13A mill.
The cabin of the 2019 Maruti Ertiga features niceties like touchscreen infotainment with a multitude of smartphone connectivities, automatic climate control and a reverse parking camera. Apart from that, the car drives better (thanks to weight reduction techniques used in the chassis and the more powerful petrol engine option) and has more space inside than it did before.
However, what remained completely unchanged is the choice of its diesel engine. The new Ertiga continues to offer the familiar D13A 1.3-litre turbocharged Fiat-sourced diesel mill which produces 88bhp and 200Nm of torque. While the engine offers enough grunt and efficiency to keep most happy, the lack of conformity to the upcoming BS-VI emission requirements means that the company could soon be replacing the motor under the hood for something more modern and friendlier to the polar bears.
The company recently launched the Ciaz with the new E15A 1.5-litre diesel option at a price range of INR 9.97 - INR 11.37 lakh (ex-showroom). The next natural step for the automaker was to test and measure the feasibility of offering this engine on the Ertiga, too. Well, it looks like, we were right. An unbadged test mule was spotted doing the rounds of tests around the company’s HQ yesterday, and without a doubt, it is the 2019 Maruti Ertiga powered by the new E15A 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel. The new oil-burner produces 95bhp and 225Nm of torque. It has been mated to the company’s only 6-speed manual transmission available at the moment.
The new engine gets an all-aluminium construction, which means it will be lighter and be more refined thanks to a (Dual-Mass Flywheel) DMF and an even higher compression ratio. The company also claims a fuel-efficiency of 26.82kmpl, which is lower than the old engine’s 28.09kmpl claim. However, an interesting thing to note is that the new engines will not be paired to the company’s SHVS hybrid system