The new Maruti Ertiga 1.5L DDiS diesel is claimed to offer a fuel economy of 24.20kmpl
After introducing the Ciaz 1.5L diesel, Maruti Suzuki has launched the Ertiga MPV with the new 1.5-litre diesel engine. Adding to it, the new engine comes paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The new 1.5-litre DDiS 225 4-cylinder diesel engine is developed in-house and it is slightly more powerful than the existing 1.3-litre MJD diesel engine. The Maruti Ertiga diesel is available in 3 variants – VDi, ZDi and ZDi+ – priced at Rs 9.86 lakh, Rs 10.69 lakh and Rs 11.20 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) respectively.
The new DDiS 225 engine is capable of producing 94bhp of power at 4,000rpm and a peak torque of 225Nm between 1500-2500rpm. The Ertiga 1.5L diesel is claimed to return an ARAI certified fuel economy of 24.20kmpl. Maruti claims that the high efficiency turbo charger optimizes peak torque generation from a lower RPM.
The new 1.5L diesel engine powering the new Ertiga comes with ‘Dual Mass flywheel’ that reduces engine fluctuations. The engine is mounted in pendulum form, which is claimed to improve the ride quality and refinement levels. Launched in November 2019, the second-gen Maruti Ertiga is also available with a 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine with SHVS mild-hybrid system. This engine is capable of producing 104bhp of power and 138Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque convertor automatic. Also See – Maruti S-Cross 1.5L Petrol launching this year
Speaking on the introduction of Maruti Ertiga 1.5L DDiS 225, Mr. R.S. Kalsi, Senior Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki India said, “Considering the requirements of evolving customers, the Next Gen Ertiga is now offered with new 1.5-litre Diesel engine. The new engine is a perfect combination of performance and refinement. It showcases Maruti Suzuki’s commitment to provide products aligned with customers aspirations. We are sure this new engine option will strengthen the popularity of Ertiga in urban MPV segment.”
The decision of introducing the Ertiga 1.5L diesel comes as a surprise. The company has recently announced that it will phase out diesel cars in India by April 2020. Maruti Suzuki is currently focusing on adopting newer fuel options including CNG in its existing range. Moreover, the brand is also working on affordable EVs for the Indian market.