Maruti Suzuki Ertiga CNG is most popular MPV with the cab aggregators and will be based on the new 1.5-litre petrol with a mild hybrid system.
Maruti Suzuki has been riding high with the sales of second-generation Ertiga and both petrol and diesel trims contribute to sales equally. What’s missing is the option of CNG as an alternative fuel but it looks like the manufacturers are working on the same for Maruti Ertiga.
The previous-gen Ertiga was available in the CNG trim and was popular among the cab aggregators. However, the powertrain will now be based on the new 1.5-litre petrol engine which gets a mild hybrid system.
This new engine was first featured on the Ciaz and the availability of SHVS makes it fuel-efficient by providing idle start/stop function and torque assist mechanism. The heartect platform and the availability of mild hybrid system could increase the fuel efficiency of Maruti Ertiga CNG and it can deliver 25km/kg instead of 22.8 km/kg which was seen on the previous-gen MPV.
The transmission options will stick to 5-speed manual gearbox and will be priced at a slight premium than the on-going petrol trims. The automatic 4-speed torque converter unit is available for petrol models only. It produces 103 bhp with 138 Nm of torque but the power figures will see a decrease because of the CNG as an alternative fuel.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga offers Remote keyless entry, Day/night inside rearview mirror, Multi-function steering wheel, Automatic climate control, Push button start/stop and SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and navigation.
Safety Features onboard include Dual airbags, ABS with EBD, Isofix child seat mounts, Hgh speed alert system, Seat Belt Reminders, Rear parking sensors and camera, Electronic Stability Program (AT), Hill Hold Function (AT).
Also on the news is that Maruti Suzuki India Ltd is all set to launch the rugged trim of the Ertiga on August 21. The 6-seater MPV will be the top of the line in the Ertiga Portfolio and will be sold through Nexa Dealerships.
The exteriors will see a larger grille upfront, tweaked front and rear bumpers and ground clearance will be more than the ongoing Ertiga. The cabin will see an all-black treatment and could get premium features like cruise control, auto headlamps and a better surround sound system.