Jan 07, 2012, 08.25 PM | Source: Overdrive Magazine
Auto Expo 2012 - Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
In terms of design and styling the front of the Ertiga resembles the Ritz while the rear is a distinct design which hasn't been seen on any of Maruti's products yet though it has the distinct stop light on the top spoiler like on the Swift and the Ritz. The interiors are very much like in the Swift but instead of the black the Ertiga sports a beige tone. This seven seater MPV will have three rows of seats but the last row is only suitable for children. There is hardly any leg room and doesn't look comfortable for adults even on short journeys. It will come with an option of 2, 3/4, 5 and 7 seats.
To challenge the supremacy of the Innova the biggest factor will be the pricing and we expect Maruti to price it around Rs 6-8 lakh, ex-showroom. This means it will still be cheaper than the base model of the new Innova which costs Rs 9.4 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. It will also compete with the Mahindra Xylo which starts at Rs 7.24 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Maruti have announced that they will launch the Ertiga by the end of March 2012 or early April. Knowing Maruti's penchant for producing vehicles which appeal to the masses, expect the Ertiga to be a game changer.