Maruti Suzuki India had announced that it will stop production of its all diesel vehicles from 1st April 2020, when the new BS6 emission norms will be enforced. The upgrading its existing diesel powertrains to the BS6 norms will be an expensive affair for the carmaker. Keeping in line with this decision, the Indo-Japanese carmaker has discontinued the 89bhp,1.3L DDiS 200 diesel engine from the Ertiga MPV model lineup.
Now, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is available with a 1.5L DDiS 225, 4-cylinder diesel engine along with a 1.5L K15 B petrol powertrain with SHVS mild hybrid technology. While the oil burner delivers a maximum power of 94bhp and 225Nm of torque, the gasoline unit pushes out 104bhp with 138Nm of torque. The existing 1.5L diesel engine will also be discontinued before the BS6 deadline. Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual and a 4-speed torque-converter automatic unit.
The carmaker recently launched the Maruti Ertiga with BS6-ready 1.5 VVT petro engine along with minor price hike. Now, the petrol base version of the MPV comes at Rs 7.54 lakh, and the top-end model costs Rs 10.05 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The diesel variants, on the other hand, are available in the price range of Rs 9.86 lakh – Rs 11.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
As of now, Maruti Suzuki is gearing up to launch the XL6 6-seater version of the Ertiga on 21st August, 2019. Official bookings for the vehicle have already been commenced across the nation. The Maruti XL6 will be exclusively sold via Nexa dealerships.