Maruti has started testing the 1.5-litre diesel motor on the Ertiga. The test mule has been spotted and the spy images have been released on the Internet.
Underpinned by the fifth-gen Heartect platform, which also supports several new models, the Ertiga MPV has been the top-selling vehicle in the MPV segment in India. The new-gen Maruti Ertiga was launched in India in November 2018 and has recorded great success since then. 9,000 units of the Ertiga were sold in March 2019, which helps the MPV record a huge YoY increase of 76%, and the highest-ever sales figure for an MPV in India in a month.
The 2018 Maruti Ertiga is a great success for the Indo-Japanese automaker.
The current-gen Ertiga is powered by two motor options: 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel. While the former can produce a maximum power of 103 bhp at 6000 rpm and a peak torque of 138 Nm at 4400 rpm, the latter is good for 88.5 bhp at 4000 rpm against 200 Nm at 1750 rpm. The transmission duties on both of the petrol and diesel variants are undertaken by a 5-speed MT gearbox.
Thanks to the upcoming BS-VI emission standards, some car models have to be discontinued while others need to be upgraded. The largest Indian automaker has chosen to adopt the second method. As a result, it has come with a new 1.5-litre DDiS 225 diesel motor to replace the outdated 1.3-litre four-cylinder diesel motor in its vehicles. This new 1.5-litre diesel engine, which was recently introduced on the updated Maruti Ciaz to make it comply with the BS-VI emission standards will make its way to the other models in the Indo-Japanese auto manufacturer’s lineup in India, one of which is the Maruti Ertiga. The new engine can deliver a maximum output/torque figure of 95 PS/225 Nm and is coupled with a six-speed MT gearbox. However, one disadvantage of this engine is that it does not come with dual-battery SHVS technology.
The test mule which has been recently spied looks like the mid-spec Maruti Ertiga. And in all likelihood, it is powered by the forthcoming 1.5-litre diesel motor. This is the second time the Maruti Ertiga has been tested with the new motor with the first one taking place last month.
The mid-spec Maruti Ertiga has been spied with the new 1.5-litre diesel motor.
[Images source: Gaadiwaadi]
It has been earlier reported that the BSVI-compliant new 1.5-litre diesel motor will be introduced on the Ertiga from January 2020 prior to the April deadline when the BS-VI emission standards take effect. Nevertheless, recent speculations have indicated that the new motor will start to provide power for the Ertiga in June this year.