The urbane Maruti Ertiga is one of the most stylish and sleek MPV from the formidable fleet of Maruti India. This MPV is a very practical and utility based multipurpose vehicle and has the capacity to accommodate seven passengers in it with ease. This MPV is being offered with both petrol and diesel engine based options with three trims of each. The top end trim in the diesel variant is called as the Maruti Ertiga ZDi, which has been loaded with a lot of safety and comfort features in it apart from the striking exteriors and a performance packed engine. The company has fitted this Maruti Ertiga VDi variant with a power packed 1.3-litre, DDiS (direct diesel injection system) based diesel engine that also has a CRDI (common rail direct injection) fuel supply system and is equipped with 4 cylinders and 16 valves. This impressive diesel engine is skillfully coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box for smoother gear shifts. Some of the most impressive features in this trim are a powerful music system with remote and speakers, an influential air conditioning system with rear blowers as well, a sporty dashboard and many more such thrilling features. Apart from this, the company has also equipped this LUV with some very crucial and significant safety features such as a highly developed anti lock braking system with brake assist and also a sophisticated electronic brake force distribution system, sturdy seat belts for all the occupants, a security alarm system and also an advanced engine immobilizer as well.
This top end diesel variant has incredible exteriors, while the company has taken a lot of efforts to make this vehicle look dynamic in all aspects. The frontage of this MPV is very stylishly done up with a big radiator grille that has black colored slats in it. This grille is surrounded by a large head light cluster that is fitted with high intensity lamps. The body colored bumper has a wide air dam in the center and is flanked by a pair of bright round shaped fog lamps. The side profile is lustrous with body colored door handles along with outside rear view mirrors with side turn blinkers. The pronounced wheel arches have been fitted with a set of 15 inch light alloy wheels, which are covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 185/65 R15. The rear end has a classy tail lamp cluster that is quite luminous with a large rear wind screen that has a rear wash and wipe function along with a defogger and also a high mounted stop lamp.
The overall dimensions of this large MPV are quite spacious and can accommodate seven passengers in it. The total length of this MPV is 4265mm along with an overall width of 1695mm. The total height of this massive vehicle is 1685mm, while it has a liberal wheel base of 2740mm. The minimum ground clearance of this Maruti Ertiga ZDi is 185mm and the gross vehicle weight is approximately 1760 Kgs, while the minimum turning radius is 5.2 meters. This MPV has a centrally mounted fuel tank that can hold up to 45 litres of fuel in it.
The company has done up the insides of this charming MPV stylishly and have added a lot of practical features in it. The seating arrangement is comfortable and has been covered with premium upholetery. Some of the other features include a couple of in-cabin lamps, a remote fuel lid opener, a driver’s side ticket holder, a couple of sun visors for the driver as well as the front co-passenger with the passenger side getting a vanity mirror, five folding assistant grips all over, a large glove box that can store quite a few things and a front door trim pocket as well. Then this MPV has a day and night internal rear view mirror, electronically adjustable external rear view mirrors from inside, front and rear door power windows with the driver side window getting a auto down function, keyless entry with central door locking, internal chrome finished handles, a remote tail gate opener and also a back door handle to release it, which is positioned just above the license plate.
Engine and Performance:
The company has fitted this impressive MPV with a reliable 1.3-litre, DDiS (direct diesel injection system) based diesel engine that also has a CRDI (common rail direct injection) fuel supply system and is equipped with 4 cylinders and 16 valves. This power packed diesel engine has the ability to displace 1248cc and also has the capacity to churn out 88.8bhp at 4000rpm in combination with a maximum torque of 200Nm at 1750rpm. This performance packed engine is skilfully mated with a 5-speed manual transmission gear box. The company claims that this majestic MPV has the capability to generate a healthy mileage of 20.77 Kmpl, when driven under standard conditions, which is quite good.
Braking and Handling:
This charming top end Maruti Ertiga ZDi MPV has a reliable and steadfast braking system. The front wheels are fitted with efficient disc brakes, whereas the rear wheels of this MPV has been given solid drum brakes for improved braking. The company has also included this variant with an advanced Anti-lock Braking System with brake assist and also a sophisticated Electronic Brakeforce Distribution system for enhanced braking. On the other hand, this MPV also has a well balanced and adept suspension system. The front axle of this massive MPV is fitted with a McPherson Strut type of a mechanism, while the rear axle has been equipped with a torsion beam that adds to the stability of this massive vehicle.
The company has integrated a lot of exciting comfort features in this Maruti Ertiga ZDi, which will definitely impress the customers. This MPV has a powerful air conditioning unit with heater and also second row air conditioning with blowers, the front driver as well as the co-passenger seat has back pockets and the second and third row seats has head restraints, an electric power steering is a rack and pinion type and can be tilt adjusted and has been equipped with mounted audio control buttons. Some other storage options include a single cup holder in the front console, a retractable cup holder in the dashboard, an accessory outlet of DC – 12 V, a low fuel warning notification lamp, a head light as well as key ‘on’ reminder lamps, a door open warning lamp, a driver seat belt reminder notification lamp and a few other vital notifications as well for the driver. Then there is a brilliant instrument panel with an information display integrated into the meter cluster that has a digital clock, an instantaneous or average fuel consumption gauge, driving range and a couple of other informatics for the driver. This top end trim also has an advanced audio system with remote control that also has Radio FM, CD player, a USB interface along with four speakers and two tweeters in the front.
This majestic looking top end Maruti Ertiga ZDi trim has also been equipped with some very crucial safety and protective aspects. The list includes driver and front co-passenger air bags for enhanced protection, ABS with EBD, a high mounted stop lamp, a rear wiper with wash function and a defogger, front and rear fog lamps, advanced seat belts for all the occupants, a security system and also an engine immobiliser as well for the protection of the vehicle as well as the passengers.
Pros: Very practical and utility based features, lavish interiors, spacious and equipped with a powerful engine.
Cons: Expensive price tag, mileage can be made better, engine noise can be reduced.