Maruti Ertiga diesel 1.3 discontinued – 1.5 diesel still on sale

Maruti Ertiga diesel accounts for 50% share in total sales.

Ahead of the upcoming BS6 emission norms, Maruti Suzuki India has discontinued the Ertiga with 1.3 liter diesel engine. This diesel engine is BS4 compliant, and is sourced from Fiat. Launched years ago, this Fiat Multijet 1.3 liter diesel engine is still the best selling diesel engine in India.

Until a few months ago, it powered all diesel cars from Maruti. But with Maruti slowly shifting to their very own 1.5 liter diesel slowly, the BS4 1.3 liter is slowly being phased out from Maruti cars. The new 1.5 liter diesel engine is also a BS4 unit currently. It now powers the Ciaz and Ertiga. Maruti will discontinue the 1.5 diesel engine as well, by 1st April 2020.

Discontinuing 1.3 diesel is expected to result in lower sales. As per FY 2019 data, about 50% of Ertiga sold, were of diesel option. Ertiga 1.3 diesel delivered 90 PS and 200 Nm, claimed 25.47 kmpl mileage. In comparison, the 1.5 liter unit delivered 95 PS and 225 Nm, claiming 24.2 kmpl mileage.

MPV Sales India Petrol vs diesel
Petrol vs Diesel sales for FY 2019.

Maruti Ertiga 1.3 diesel was offered in LDi, VDi, ZDi, ZDi Plus trims with manual transmission. Prices were Rs 8.85 lakh, Rs 9.57 lakh, Rs 10.4 lakhs, Rs 10.91 lakhs respectively. In comparison, the same options on offer with 1.5 Ertiga diesel costs Rs Rs 9.87 lakhs, Rs 10.7 lakhs and 11.21 lakhs respectively (LDi option is not on offer with Ertiga 1.3 d).

Petrol engine option of Ertiga continues on sale as it was. Ertiga gets power from a 1.5-litre K15-series petrol engine with SHVS (mild-hybrid) tech. The engine returns max power of 104 bhp / 95 PS, and 138 Nm of peak torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

At the end of July, the BSVI compliant Ertiga (Petrol) was launched. With it came a revised and increased price range – Rs. 7,54,689/- to Rs. 10,05,689/-, ex-sh Delhi. MSIL has also introduced a factory fitted Ertiga CNG variant based on VXi trim.

Based on Ertiga, Maruti will launch a new premium MPV at NEXA, called XL6. And with XL6 launch, it’ll be a triad of offerings. For MSIL, Ertiga sales have been steady despite a fall in the company’s fortunes in the backdrop of weak demand for what the Indian auto industry has to offer.