Shown in the 2010 Auto Expo as the the RIII concept, it was Maruti’s announcement that it was getting into the MPV space but positioning its vehicle below the Innova. The RIII, now better known to us as the Ertiga will be launched April 12th.
This compact multi purpose vehicle that can have 6 to 7 occupants was unveiled at the Auto Expo. The Utility Vehicle (UV) segment accounts for around 14 per cent of the Indian automobile industry, a 66 per cent (two third) of these are Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPV), the segment where Ertiga is positioned, says Maruti. This segment also has shown a growth of 14 percent.
The interiors feature a 3-spoke, tilt adjustable electric steering, twin AC, audio system (USB Compatible, 4+2 speakers), steering mounted audio controls, central door locking and keyless entry, multi information display, power windows with auto down and electrically adjustable mirror.
The all new powerful and light weight K-14 VVT petrol engine will debut on Ertiga. The Ertiga’s diesel variant will be powered by the 1.3 litre DDiS Super Turbo diesel engine. The Indian specification Ertiga with a petrol engine delivers a peak performance of 70kw@6000rpm and a maximum torque of 130Nm @ 4000rpm. The Certified fuel efficiency of Petrol Ertiga is 16.02 km per litre.
The Ertiga with the high powered Diesel engine in India will deliver a peak power of 66kw@4000rpm and a top end torque of 200Nm@1750rpm. The Certified fuel efficiency of Diesel Ertiga is 20.77 km per litre (India Cycle).
The Ertiga offers a three-row flexi-seating options for 7 passengers (2x3x2). Each row of the car has been designed keeping in mind the occupants seating requirements says Maruti.