The facelifted Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was launched last year and has been well received in the Indian market. Along with styling revisions, it also got new bits inside the cabin, more space and a new petrol engine. Diesel variants of the car until now were only powered by the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre Multijet engine, however, an in-house developed 1.5-litre DDIS 225 motor is now also available.
Available in three variants – VDi ( INR 9.86 lakh), ZDi (INR 10.69 lakh) and ZDi+ (INR 11.20 lakh), the Ertiga will also be available in lower variants, powered by the 1.3-litre engine. The new 1.5-litre diesel engine was recently introduced in the Ciaz and features things like a dual-mass flywheel to keep vibrations in check and ensure smooth operation. In terms of output, under the Ertiga’s hood, it develops 95 HP at 4,000 rpm and 225 Nm of torque between 1,500 – 2,500 rpm. Paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the motor is rated for an official fuel economy figure of 24.2 Km/l. Compared to the 1.3-litre diesel engine, this new motor makes an extra 5 Hp and 25 Nm of torque.
Besides the addition of the new engine, everything else on the Ertiga remains the same. These two diesel engines will be offered until the 1st of April, 2020, post which Maruti will pull the plug on the 1.3-litre diesel engine for sure. However, post that, the 1.5-litre diesel engine could be upgraded to meet the upcoming BS VI norms, depending on customer demand, since the upgrade cost will make prices go up by quite some margin.
The carmaker will completely stop selling diesel-powered small cars though, as getting the small-capacity oil burner to meet the BS VI norms will require upgrades which will cost so much, prices of products like the Swift and Baleno will shoot through the roof. If you like driving a diesel-powered car though, you have a year’s time to get one for yourself. Because after April 1st 2020, there won’t be too many on sale and those which will be, will ask for so much, a petrol-powered car will make much more sense. Talking about MPVs, the Renault Triber will be launched in the coming months to offer another choice in the affordable people mover category.