While Maruti has now discontinued the diesel version of the Ertiga, the carmaker sold almost similar units of petrol and diesel versions of its MPV last year
Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest-selling carmaker, came up with the second-gen Ertiga in 2018. With the update, Ertiga got itself a new ‘Heartect’ platform. That said, the car retained its compact dimensions and spacious interior. It was offered with 2 engine options – one petrol and one diesel. While the diesel unit has now been discontinued, it should be noted that Ertiga witnessed an almost equal demand for its petrol and diesel versions in 2019.
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Last year, Maruti Suzuki sold a total of 93,081 units of the Ertiga. Out of these, as many as 48,350 units had a diesel heart. The remaining 44,731 units were equipped with a petrol engine. The figures show that consumers bought a slightly higher number of diesel model than its petrol counterpart, though, the difference between the two is not much. The reasons for this could be the high fuel efficiency of petrol model, the fast thinning margin between prices of petrol and diesel fuel and the high price gap between the costs of petrol and diesel cars.
Talking of the engines, the petrol unit on the Ertiga is the 1500cc K15B unit that produces a peak power output of 105 PS and a max. torque of 138 Nm. It was offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 4-speed torque converter unit. It also featured an idle start-stop system, brake energy regenerations, and torque assist during acceleration to boost the overall performance and efficiency of the car. The diesel power plant, on the other hand, was a 1500cc turbocharged unit, which came equipped with Maruti’s SmartHybrid technology. It whipped out a peak power output of 94 BHP and a peak torque of 225 Nm. The engine came mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Maruti has now discontinued diesel variants of the Ertiga.
The Ertiga is suspended on MacPherson struts with coil springs at front and torsion beam with coil springs at the rear. This combination accounts for the pliant ride that Ertiga offers. With 7-seats inside the cabin, it is a practical car for sure. It boasts of a boot space of 209L with all the rows up while dropping down the 3rd and 2nd row can make the volume stand at 550L and 803L, respectively. To boost its practicality quotient furthermore, Maruti offers a CNG variant of the car. It is sold for fleet buyers as – TourM via Maruti Commercial outlets.