Maruti Suzuki Launches Ertiga CNG Version

  • Jul 29, 2019

Indo-Japanese automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has launched the compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the Ertiga multipurpose vehicle (MPV) at an ex-showroom price of ₹8.88 lakh. The CNG version, however, will be available only on the mid-level VXI trim. Other Ertiga trims like the LXI, ZXI and the top-level ZXI+ will not have CNG as an option. The CNG version commands a ₹70,000 premium over the VXI petrol which has an ex-showroom price of around ₹8.16 lakh.

Unlike the Ertiga petrol models, the CNG version doesn’t get a mild hybrid system. The 1.5-litre petrol engine, running on CNG, produces 92PS maximum power and 122Nm peak torque. The output is 13PS and 16Nm less when compared to the more expensive petrol. The Ertiga CNG, according to Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), returns a mileage of 26.20km/kg. The car has a 60-litre (water equivalent) tank alongside the 45-litre regular petrol tank.

The Ertiga is the only MPV in India to come with a factory-fitted CNG unit. The car has a dual engine control unit (ECU) along with an intelligent gas port injection system.The rest of the equipment of the CNG version is identical to the standard VXI model.

Maruti Suzuki executive director (marketing and sales) Shashank Srivastava claimed that Ertiga has managed to win customer’s hearts with its design style, safety features, and performance. The new Ertiga, within just eight months of its launch, has emerged as a leader of the Indian MPV segment. The car has managed to ward off increasing competition and has recorded robust sales. The CNG-powered Ertiga will help buyers to extract a better fuel economy while being environment-friendly.

The safety features of the new Ertiga includes dual airbags, antilock braking system (ABS) with electric brake force distribution (EBD), brake assist, reverse parking sensors, high-speed warning, child seat anchorage, and front seatbelt pre-tensioner.


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