Maruti Suzuki offers a great set of vehicles which includes – Alto 800 & K10, Wagon – R, Celerio, Baleno, Ciaz, S – Cross and Ertiga. With these set of vehicles it rules the budget section of the automobile industry. The company has a strong hold over this section and possibly will hold it for a much long time even with fierce rivals like Hyundai right under its nose. This month we have seen the launch of new premium NEXA interiority vehicle – Baleno (not to be confused with the discontinued Sedan/ Station Wagon – it is a hatchback). Maruti recently launched the much awaited face – lift of Ertiga which looks better in terms of looks than its previous version. Let’s check out its base model
The LDi variant, as is the norm, is the base model of our Marutis. This variant costs Rs. 7.55 lakhs (ex – showroom price, New Delhi) and swears to face some of the big guns of the MPV market viz. Renault Lodgy, Mahindra TUV300, Honda Mobilio, Tata Sumo Gold and Chevrolet Tavera.
Maruti offers a new SHVS equipped Diesel engine: DDIS 220 Type 1.3 litre D13A SHVS (BS IV type emissions). This engine mills out a maximum power of 90 PS @ 4000 RPM and produces a peak torque of 200 NM @ 1750 RPM. The engine has a displacement 1248 cc and is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and no automatic transmission or AMT in Diesel trim. Just so you know, there is no noticeable turbo lag and usually it is not in the case of Suzukis. The car’s suspensions package is great with McPherson Strut at the front axle and Torsion beam type at the rear end the car offers a hassle free ride with a few or no bumpy hits. The car has its way through traffics as well since its turning radius is merely 5.2 meters. Hats – off to Maruti in their work to refine the engine and get a better and optimized the mileage 18 percent, the new Smart Hybrid system previously showed promising results in Ciaz, now in Ertiga it gives out a great mileage of 24.52 KMPl which is great for an MPV and a tank of 45 litres is a boon.
Exteriors & Interiors
Exteriors of this car are impressive however no chrome detailing and lack of body colors on OVRMs and use of black instead makes it look different (in a bad way). The aerodynamics are improved and the swept back headlamps enhance the look of the car.
Being the base variant, there’s nothing much I can say about the interiors. They follow a brown and beige theme on the interior fabric and upholstery. There is manual air – conditioning but no third and second row vents for cooling. The infotainment system lacks Bluetooth support. However, the car is spacious and has ambient lighting.
As aforementioned the LDi is the base, therefore, hardly any good will come under this section and being the base variant we have only the standard features which include idle star stop feature, gear shift indicator, torque assist, driver airbag, ABS and brake energy regeneration. It should be noted that many of these features are standard in Diesel variants only like ABS and gear shift indicator; they do not come standard in the petrol variants.