Recently, a test mule of Maruti Ertiga was spotted around the outskirts of Gurugram, Haryana. It is expected to be the diesel-powered iteration of the Maruti Ertiga. Take a look at the spy images here.
Maruti Ertiga is one of the best-selling compact-MPVs in the country. It starts at Rs. 7.69 lakh, and hence, it easily manages to cut the Rs. 10 lakh mental barrier. The Ertiga is currently available with a petrol engine only. With the introduction of stricter BS-6 emission norms, diesel variants of the Maruti Ertiga faced the axe. However, with enough demand for diesel cars in the Indian market now, Maruti is considering to bring back the diesel trims of a few of its models. A test mule of the Maruti Baleno was recently spotted with a device that is used on diesel prototypes. The spy shots further confirmed Maruti’s plan of introducing diesel cars in the Indian market. This time around, we spotted a test mule of the Maruti Ertiga around the brand’s Manesar-based facility in Haryana.
The test mule was wrapped in heavy camouflage. It also featured red registration plates, which are used on test prototypes. However, the test mule was devoid of any ‘DDiS’ badge that Maruti used to stick around the front fenders on its diesel cars. Since the Ertiga is still away from nearing its product lifecycle, the test mule cannot be perceived as the facelifted version of the MPV. In fact, it strengthens our belief in the speculation that Maruti has been working on a diesel powertrain for its existing models. The test mule seems to be based on the top-spec trim of the Ertiga, as it gets the 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear-windscreen wiper.
Talking of the launch date, the diesel-powered Maruti Ertiga is likely to go on sale by the festive season this year. Although, Maruti has been tight-lipped about its plan of reviving the diesel powertrain option for its products. We can expect the carmaker to introduce an in-house developed 1.5L oil burner, and it will be available with the option of a manual and an automatic gearbox. Currently, the Maruti Ertiga sources power from a 1.5L naturally-aspirated petrol engine. It is capable of dishing out 105 PS of peak power and 138 Nm of max torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed MT and a 4-speed AT.