Maruti to soon discontinue Ertiga’s Ldi trim due to lack in demand!

Maruti Suzuki is going to stop the production of Ertiga’s Ldi trim starting from 1st Paril 2019; bookings for the same close effective immediately.

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, which was launched in India last year in its second generation avatar, has been garnering good sales numbers for the Indo-Japanese automaker. The demand for this MPV is such that the waiting period currently stands close to 6 months. Interestingly, the majority of the demand has been for the mid and top-sec trims.

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In the wake of this, Maruti Suzuki has decided to discontinue the Ldi trim from the Ertiga’s line-up. The Ldi is the base diesel variant of this MPV. In an official communication to its dealers, Maruti Suzuki has conveyed that starting from 1st, April 2019, it is going to stop the production of Ertiga Ldi. And that the dealers are required not to accept any further bookings of the same. The automaker will serve all the pending bookings up to 1st March 2019.

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The second generation iteration of the Maruti Ertiga is based on an all-new HEARTECT platform. It is the same architecture which currently underpins all the latest offerings from Maruti. In addition to offering flexibility, the HEARTECT, with its lightweight construction helps achieve staggering fuel-efficiency figures. Not only this, but it has also allowed Maruti to increase the overall length of the car and hence, increasing space inside the cabin.

The current generation Maruti Ertiga gets an all-new design. It no longer feels like a mere extension of the Swift family but boasts of its own unique design. This is true for the exteriors as well as the interiors. Talking about the interiors, in comparison to the older model, this one now offers a whole array of features and creature comforts. Top-spec models come with steering mounted audio controls, a touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control among others.

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For the second generation update, Maruti Suzuki has introduced an all-new 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine in the Ertiga’s line-up. This engine, which is capable of producing 107 BHP of power along with 138 Nm of peak torque, replaces the 1.4-litre unit. The same now comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox and the option of a 4-speed torque converter unit.

The diesel engine continues to remain the same i.e. a 1.3-litre unit good for 88 BHP along with 200 Nm of peak torque. It is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. Soon, Maruti Suzuki is going to replace the 1.3-litre engine with an in-house developed 1.5-litre unit. This engine is speculated to produce 110 BHP of power along with 220 Nm of peak torque. Initially, this engine will be launched in BS-IV guise and will retail alongside the 1.3-litre engine. Closer to the BS-VI deadline in April 2020, it will be upgraded to BS-VI spec and fully replace the 1.3-litre unit.

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