Maruti Ertiga is one of the successful MPV models, whose facelifted version is now on sale. The main change in its mid range Maruti Ertiga SHVS VDI trim is the Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki hybrid system, which is offered along with its 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine. This motor is skillfully coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box. Its not just the technical chanes, but even its interiors have undergone some modifications. It now has a 50:50 split foldable seat in the third row, and a music system with Bluetooth connectivity, USB as well as Aux-In options. An accessory socket in the second row, all power windows and rear air conditioner are also available. On the other hand, what makes its exteriors quite refreshing are body colored door handles, electrically foldable and adjustable outside mirrors with turn indicators, and a chrome plated radiator grille. Besides these, it also includes keyless entry and reverse parking sensors, which assist in additional comfort and security as well.
This vehicle sports a striking radiator grille that is treated with chrome. Surrounding them is a stylish headlight cluster, which is equipped with high intensity lamps. The bumper below is in body color, which includes two fog lamps. Also, there are a pair of intermittent wipers fitted to its windscreen. It has an eye catching side profile that is further highlighted by the expressive lines, which stretches along with its length. Both the handles and mirrors are in body color, while the latter also comes integrated with side turn indicators. A set of 15 inch steel wheels are equipped to its wheel arches. These are also adorned with tubeless radial tyres of size 185/65 R15. At the back, there are two radiant tail lamps and the boot lid is neatly embossed with prominent insignia. Other attributes like a bumper, windshield and high mount stop lamp are also available.
Inside the roomy cabin, there are fabric upholstered seats, which have 50:50 split folding facility in the third row. Ample head and leg space is guaranteed along with sufficient shoulder room. An accessory socket is present in the second row for added convenience. In the cockpit, there is a steering wheel fitted to its well designed dashboard. Also integrated to it are the air vents, and center console with a stereo system. The instrument cluster includes a fuel consumption gauge, digital clock, tachometer, key as well as light-on reminder with buzzer. The front door trims have pockets, while foldable assist grips are also offered. Moreover, it has a spacious boot compartment that can be further increased by folding the rear seat.
Engine and Performance:
A 1.3-litre diesel motor powers this variant, which is compliant with BS IV and OBD-2 standard emission norms. It has a displacement capacity of 1248cc and comes with an intercooled turbocharger. It is also offered with SHVS hybrid system that comes with a lithium ion battery. This oil burner carries four cylinders that are further fitted with 16 valves. It is integrated with a common rail direct injection system and paired with a five speed manual transmission gear box. This can belt out 88.5bhp at 4000rpm along with torque of 200Nm at 1750rpm. It can return a maximum mileage of about 24.52 Kmpl on highways and attains a top speed of about 165 Kmph. This trim takes around 15 seconds to breach the speed limit of 100 Kmph from a standstill.
Braking and Handling:
Strong disc brakes are equipped to its front wheels, whereas the rear ones get drum brakes. This is also accompanied by anti lock braking system. The automaker has offered it with a rack and pinion based electric power steering system. This supports the minimum turning radius of 5.2 meters. Meanwhile, its suspension system aids in better stability even on bad and uneven surfaces. This system comprise of a McPherson strut on its front axle and a torsion beam on the rear one.
This trim is bestowed with some interesting aspects such as the audio unit, which supports USB port, auxiliary input as well as Bluetooth connectivity. Its controls are mounted on the steering wheel. Both its front and rear windows are power operated with auto down function on driver's side. The front seat back pocket and head restraints further enhance the comfort levels. There are green tinted glasses, room lamps and a couple of intermittent wipers. In addition to all these, it also includes an air conditioner with heater, rear AC, front sunvisors, back door handle, keyless entry, four speakers, as well as day and night inside rear view mirror.
It has important security features like airbags for driver and co-passenger, seat belt reminder with buzzer, anti lock braking system, and three point seat belts with pretensioner, force limiter at front. Aside from these, it also includes security alarm system, door ajar warning lamp, reverse parking sensors and central locking as well.
1. SHVS hybrid system is a plus point.
2. Attractive exteriors with remarkable design elements.
1. More comfort features could have been offered.
2. Safety standards should be improved.