Maruti Suzuki has halted its authorized dealerships from taking any fresh bookings for the base-spec Ertiga diesel this month and the last orders of Buyers who have booked the Ertiga LDi in February will be fulfilled soon. The Ertiga VDi is now the most affordable diesel variant of the MP after the discontinuation of Ertiga LDi, currently priced at Rs 9.56 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The second-gen Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was recently launched in India in November 2018 in four variants - L, V, Z, and Z+ - with both petrol and diesel engines. At the time of launch, the Ertiga was priced at Rs 7.44 lakh to Rs 10.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Within a few months after its launch, the Indian carmaker is longing to terminate the base-spec Ertiga diesel (LDi) which is quite unanticipated. The company earlier had no plans to offer the new 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is now all planned to be introduced soon in the base L variant.
A leaked image exposed recently extends a clue that it is an email sent by the carmaker to its dealerships concedes the discontinuation of 2018 Ertiga LDi from 1 April 2019. The email is also ordering the Maruti dealers to not to accept the new bookings for base-spec Ertiga diesel from 1 March 2019.
New 1.5-litre diesel engine on the Ciaz and the Ertiga
Maruti Ciaz, Ertiga Base Variants will accost the new engine in more premium variants of both the cars in February 2019. The new engine is more potent than the 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced diesel engine on the Ertiga which generates 90PS of power & 200Nm of peak torque and comes in the combination with a 5-speed MT. The 1.5-litre diesel engine will make 95.1PS of power and 225Nm of peak torque, paired with 6-speed MT.
The VDi variant will evolve as the most affordable diesel variant of the Ertiga after the discontinuation of LDi variant. VDi has priced at Rs 9.56 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), which exceeds the value of LDi variant by Rs 72,000. The Ertiga VDi is only Rs 43,000 is more economical than the base diesel variant of the Mahindra Marazzo of worth Rs 9.99 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi). It retails from the carmaker’s Arena range of dealerships. The new MVP will share the powertrains with the existing Ertiga.