LUV at first sight
Ever since its launch in April 2012, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga hasn\'t received any update; but with rising competition in the compact MPV space, it has become necessary for the Indo-Japanese carmaker to refresh it. In fact, the parent company had revealed the updated version of the MPV at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in August, and the same product has been launched in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
As Ertiga gets smarter
Ever since its launch in April 2012, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga hasn't received any update; but with rising competition in the compact MPV space, it has become necessary for the Indo-Japanese carmaker to refresh it. In fact, the parent company had revealed the updated version of the MPV at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in August, and the same product has been launched in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Taking cues from the recently launched Ciaz, the updated Suzuki Ertiga has also received a bunch of exterior and interior changes, and its diesel engine will also get the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) micro-hybrid system. The SHVS will help the Ertiga facelift return better fuel efficiency than before, giving it features like Idle Start Stop, Torque Assist, Brake Energy Regeneration and Gear Shift Indicator.
Car dealer Varun Motors also took the wraps off the car and delivered the first car to customer K Guruvardhan Reddy at its Vanasthalipuram Showroom. Present at the event were G Neeraj, GM (Sales); Krishna AGM (Sales); Sridhar Pal, branch head and other members of the staff.
The automaker promises a fuel efficiency of 24.52 kmpl for the SHVS variant. “The new Ertiga sports elegant look and offers rich interiors. Several acclaimed features like SHVS technology and SmartPlay infotainment system are now available on Ertiga, making it a delightful package for customers,” informed a senior spokesperson from Maruti.
In the petrol trims, Ertiga gets the new generation K14B engine with reduced friction levels and a higher compression ratio leading to better combustion and improved fuel efficiency. The petrol variant is offered in five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmission.
The car is equipped with safer features such as dual airbags, ABS with EBD, seatbelt with pre-tensioners and force limiters even on the base trim as an option.
The new Ertiga now has bold and aggressive looks. Several embellishments include new stylish chrome grille, new chrome fog lamp bezel, back door garnish with embossed Ertiga lending a dash of luxury. The new sportier bumpers give the Ertiga a wider look and the new alloy wheels enhance its road presence.
The interiors get more stylish with the new high grade seat and door trim fabric. With a 50:50 split on the third row, the car’s spacious cabin becomes even more versatile.
Other new features include Push-Start/Stop with smart key, electrical foldable ORVM, Bluetooth audio and 2nd row accessory socket.
The driver airbag and driver side seat belt reminder with buzzer are now standard features and available from the base variant. More safety equipment including co-driver airbag, ABS with EBD and seat-belt with pre-tensioner & force limiter are provided on the base variant as an option. Rear parking sensors and rear parking camera add to the safety quotient of the vehicle.