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The entry level diesel engine based trim, Maruti Ritz LDI is a combination of good performance and modest features. This model has standard exterior with a couple of adjustable headlights and black colored radiator grille, including the company emblem at the center. Its interiors are also designed with chrome based internal rear view mirror, fabric upholstery and a neatly done up dashboard. Then, there is an air conditioning unit with heater, foldable rear seat as well as several storage compartments in order to make the journey comfortable. It has a boot space of 236 litres that can also be increased depending on the need. Let's have a look on its safety, this version gets front as well as rear seat belts with ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) function, centrally mounted fuel tank and much more. Mechanically, it includes a 1248cc diesel engine that has BS IV compliance and a turbocharger. This vehicle has an impressive power churning capacity of 73.94bhp and a splendid top speed of 163 Kmph. The front and rear wheels have ventilated disc and drum brakes, respectively. It competes against the likes of the Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo, Toyota Etios Liva and Chevrolet Beat. There is a 2 year or 40000 Kilometer (whichever is earlier) standard warranty on this model and the same can also be increased by taking an extended warranty scheme.
It gets a neat front fascia, comprising of a horizontal grille with slats and a wide air dam in black color. The former is flanked by a couple of well equipped multi reflector headlights and incorporates a Suzuki logo in its center. Its boot lid has variant lettering in the center and vertically embossed tail lights. The side profile incorporates a set of 14 inch steel wheels, which are covered with 165/80 tubeless radials and a pair of body colored outside rear view mirrors that can be operated manually. Moreover, there is a roof antenna and a wide front windscreen with a couple of wipers and washer.
This trim is done up in a dual color (dark and light grey color combination) theme. Other aspects include a three spoke steering wheel, while the seats are well cushioned and wrapped in fabric upholstery. This variant has the finest dashboard, well fitted center console that comes with driver as well as passenger side pockets. Moreover, there are bottle holders in its front doors and spacious glove box that can carry a few things. Coming to the instrument cluster, it incorporates a digital clock, parking brake indicator and a digital odometer. Besides these, it includes a accessory power outlet for charging small gadgets and front seat head restraints. There is also a full sized spare wheel fitted into the trunk along with tools for changing it, which is a standard feature for all variants.
Engine and Performance:
This runabout has a 1.3-litre DDiS turbocharged diesel engine with a DOHC valve configuration. It includes a total of four cylinders as well as is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It has a capacity to displace about 1248cc. This mill produces power of 73.94bhp at 4000rpm and delivers a torque of 190Nm at 2000rpm. In just 14 seconds, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph and then, attains a top speed of about 163 Kmph. It is integrated with a common rail direct injection system. This powertrain is capable of returning a minimum fuel efficiency of around 18.6 Kmpl, while a maximum of 23.2 Kmpl approximately. On the other hand, this car has a fuel tank capacity of 43 litres.
Braking and Handling:
Its front wheels are affixed with ventilated disc brakes and the rear ones have drum brakes. Whereas, McPherson struts are fitted to its front axle and a torsion beam is used for the rear one. Furthermore, the coil springs make the drive smooth and comfortable as well. This hatchback has a ground clearance of 170mm and a minimum turning radius of 4.7 meters.
The list includes an air conditioning unit with heater, a power assisted steering wheel, double horn and a foldable rear seat that further increases the boot space. There are other smaller storage spaces along with assist grips as well for added comfort.
The car maker has offered it with a few security features, such as manual door locking facility, front as well as side impact beams, and a centrally mounted fuel tank. An immobilizer system prevents the engine to start when a wrong key is inserted. Apart from these, it gets child safety locks for rear doors, front as well as rear ELR based seat belts.
1. Engine performance is reliable.
2. Fuel efficiency is good.
1. More safety and comfort features should be added.
2. Price tag slightly higher when compared to rivals.
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