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The stunning Maruti Ertiga: A sneak peek

Last updated on: April 11, 2012 08:27 IST

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T
he launch of Maruti Ertiga is inching closer minute by minute and the carmaker has done its level best in promoting its potential LUV (Light Utility Vehicle or Life Utility Vehicle).

Earlier, many prominent carmakers have tried their hands at this segment that offers a combo of versatility and space, but never really became successful.

Since the last one month, many test drives have been conducted and speculations reported ahead of its launch on April 12, 2012.

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Roof mounted air conditioner

The innovative large roof mounted blower that is positioned above the middle row is enough to supply apt cooling to the front and most importantly to the third row occupants.

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Mileage in chock-a-block cabin

The mileage expected out of Maruti vehicle has always been remarkable, but that was all with the 4-5 seaters - here the mileage would be above the likes of Innova and Xylo, but a bit less compared to any frugal Maruti hatchback.

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Luggage space at third row

The boot space after third row would be less, but with the option of foldable second and third rows it won't be a problem.

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Different from Toyota Innova

As it's a completely new segment, one can say, Ertiga resides between Maruti Swift and Toyota Innova.

It's like saying you start up with Ertiga and grow up to Innova.

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Under the bonnet

Two convenient options of petrol and diesel will be available in the form of 4-cylinder inline 1.3L Multijet diesel motor smoking out 88.5 PS of power at 4000 rpm, whereas a nearly 94 PS will be yielded buy 1248cc petrol power train at 6000 rpm.

Both the engines will be tweaked for better performance and will be mated to 5-pseed manual transmission.

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Ride compared to Swift

Ride quality or the acceleration will not be similar to that of Maruti Swift, as it carries a length of 300mm more than the hatchback.

Though, suspension remains the same with some refinement in character and configuration.

The power assisted steering wheel function along with brakes has been re- calibrated to supply maximum betterment of ride.

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What price

Maruti always plays safe with cost factor and will repeat the same here as well.

Also with the fact that this is not just another passenger vehicle, but an entry into all-new segment, the price should be just above the Maruti Dzire sedan, in both base and high end models.




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