Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Maruti Ertiga the Feature Loaded MPV that Transforms Your Lifestyle

One of the biggest car makers from the country, Maruti India has recently launched a Multi Purpose Vehicle called Maruti Ertiga for the Indian consumers. The company prefers calling this MPV as a Life Utility Vehicle (LUV) and has given a modish punch line “Live Life with LUV” across all its promotional campaigns and advertisements. I was in awe by these advertisements as it made me keen to discover what this new LUV would be like. The surprising factor of this MPV that made me further curious about it was the claim made by the company that this wonderful LUV has done more than 11,000 booking in just five days. Apparently the company was planning to initially start with at least 5,000 bookings per month. I was compelled to take a test ride of this amazing MPV to find out the reason behind the whopping bookings it has done. The company on the other hand is ecstatic and has credited this to the pricing of this MPV. Maruti Ertiga is being offered in both petrol and diesel car variants with three trims of each variant. This was the first aspect of this MPV, which impressed me as it has so many different options to choose from. The Maruti Ertiga price in India for the base model of petrol is starting at Rs. 5.89 lakh and the diesel variant starts at Rs. 7.30 lakh (both prices mentioned are ex-showroom New Delhi). While browsing through the various websites, I came across many comments from automobile experts, which stated that Maruti Ertiga will very soon become one of the most noteworthy vehicles in the country. It seems that the company will also introduce this MPV in the South East Asian automobile markets as well.

The launch of this MPV will also see the debut of their latest K14B engine in India, which is supposed to be advanced and dominant. This K-series 1.4 litre petrol car engine is powerful as well as fuel efficient and makes the handling of the car smoother. While the 1.3 litre multi-jet diesel engine has been sourced from Italian auto giant Fiat is already acclaimed in the market. Both the engines are perfectly mated with a 5-speed manual gear box transmission and have 4 cylinders. The mileage of the petrol variant is around 16.02 Kmpl, while the diesel variant generates an impressive 20.77 Kmpl as claimed by the company. Maruti Ertiga is very spacious from inside and has three rows of comfortable seating arrangement, which can accommodate seven passengers with ease. The seats are very comfortable and the rear rows also have good leg room, which made me quite comfortable and at ease. It has rich interiors and is very stylish and fashionable with many user friendly features, which made it easier for me to drive and maneuver. Adding to the comfort is the sturdy suspension of McPherson Struts in the front while the rear is taken care by a torsion beam that made it glide effortlessly over the potholes.

The wheel base is of 2740 mm and houses tyres of size 185/65 R15 with smart alloy wheels for the top end trims. Other important safety features include SRS airbags, anti-lock braking system with brake assist, engine immobilizer, security alarm and EBD as stated in a Maruti Ertiga review. The exteriors are very elegant and classy with aerodynamic styled body structure, a stylish head light cluster, integrated fog lamps on the front bumper, polished ORVM’s with side turn indicators and the rear has a refined tail lamp cluster with rear wiper and tinted wind screen as seen in the Maruti Ertiga pictures. Overall, Maruti Ertiga is very neat, classy and amazingly comfortable for bigger families like mine as well. Meanwhile, other upcoming cars such as – Tata Safari Storme, Audi A4, New Chevrolet Captiva, BMW 3 Series, Audi Q3, New Hyundai Elantra, Premier Rio Diesel, Volkswagen Jetta petrol and Renault Duster are scheduled for their respective launches in the coming weeks. I recently shared that Tata Safari Storme to take the Safari lineage forward and the inequality between petrol and diesel cars and its aftermath.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Maruti 800s journey set to conclude this month

Maruti India is riding high these days on the overwhelming response it has received for the recently launched Multi Purpose Vehicle – Maruti Ertiga. This MPV is doing good bookings across the country and is being offered in both petrol and diesel versions. The Maruti Ertiga price in India for the petrol variant is starting at Rs. 5.89 lakh, while the diesel car variant has a price tag of Rs. 7.29 lakh (both prices mentioned are ex-showroom New Delhi). The sad part is that one of the most popular small cars and the heartthrob of numerous Indians – Maruti 800 will stop its sales from this month. Maruti 800 has been one of the best selling small cars since close to the last three decades for Maruti India. Apparently, the company is going to replace Maruti 800 with a brand new small car by the end of this year and is expecting that this new car will also be as successful as Maruti 800. All the Maruti Cars in India are reputed and trustworthy for giving the best in mileage and are low on maintenance as well.

The same way Maruti 800 was also known for its remarkable fuel efficiency, affordability and was always pocket friendly on repairs as well. But now this new car is said to be based on Maruti Alto’s platform and will be fitted with a similar F8D, 3 cylinder motor. The company is expected to introduce this car with a price tag of lesser than Rs. 3 lakh to retain their privileged customers and also to attract new prospects. Maruti 800 will always be remembered and will surely find a big place in the history of the Indian car market in bold letters. In the interim, Indian car market will witness the launch of several upcoming cars such as – Tata Safari Storme, Volkswagen Jetta petrol, Chevrolet Captiva, Audi Q3 and Rio Premier diesel in the coming weeks. I recently shared that Skoda Superb Ambition launched at Rs. 18 lakh and Maruti Ertiga covers lifted with a price tag of Rs.5.89 lakh.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Maurti Ertiga, the new rage in India

Maruti Ertiga is bringing a new dimension to the four wheeler market in India. 

India’s leading car brand Maruti has hit the headlines once again with the launch of their Life Utility Vehicle [LUV] Maruti Ertiga. Maruti company which is better known for  manufacturing small cars, has now entered the stream of MPV with the introduction of Maruti Ertiga. This new variant from Maruti can accommodate seven people including the driver. Many Maruti lovers were waiting for this type of car. This new version can be reckoned as a family car. Ertiga name is taken from Indonesian language which means three rows. Like the name the interior of this new variant is split into three rows. The company is offering this LUV in both petrol and diesel versions. Maruti Ertiga price in India is starting from Rs.5.89 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). The petrol version is a 1.4 liter advanced K-Series engine with 4 cylinders and a 5-speed manual transmission gear box. Whereas, the diesel motor is a 1.3 liter direct diesel injection system with a similar gear box and number of cylinders.

Maruti Ertiga

The Maruti Ertiga pictures reveals a sleek front bonnet with an elegant radiator grille and a bright head light cluster, while the front body colored bumper has a set of fog lamps for enhanced visibility in low light and foggy conditions. The Maruti Ertiga review states that the mileage of both the versions of this LUV is amazing with the petrol version giving a mileage of 12.3 Kmpl, and diesel version boast of an impressive 17.2 Kmpl approximately within the city. Maruti has high expectations with its LUV segment car. According to the company this new variant will give good competition to all the vehicles which are doing good business in this segment. If we compare this new LUV with Toyota Innova which is reckoned as one of the top sold vehicle in this segment then we could infer many bright prospects for Ertiga in comparison with Innova.

Maruti Ertiga

Ertiga is cheaper than Toyota Innova and another main advantage of maruti Ertiga over Innova is the mileage factor. The Maruti Ertiga diesel car variant gives approximately 17.2 Kmpl in comparison to the 10.2 Kmpl delivered by Toyota Innova. We have to wait and watch what affect this new vehicle from Maruti will cause over Toyota Innova sales. While we are waiting, we can also look out for the upcoming car launches in India. The new cars that are coming soon are the Tata Safari Storme, Chevrolet Captiva, Volkswagen Jetta Petrol and speculations about an upcoming launch of Rio Premier Diesel is also heard. I recently shared that Skoda Superb vs Volkswagen Passat and Maruti Ertiga to drive in on 12th April.