New Maruti Ertiga waiting period sees a steep climb

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The new Ertiga is based on an all-new HEARTECT platform which makes it lighter, larger and stronger than the previous generation. Other cars that use HEARTECT platform are Maruti Swift, Ignis, Dzire and Baleno. The MPV is now larger in size and has grown in length by 99mm and has become wider by 5mm. The wheelbase remains the same at 2,740mm but the cabin space has increased and so has the boot space. Ertiga remains 7-seater as before albeit the last row gets ample space too now.

All-new Ertiga does not face a direct competition in the segment. The closest rival in the segment is Mahindra’s Marazzo MPV, but it is approximately Rs 2.5 lakhs expensive than the Ertiga. What could possibly become a competition for the Ertiga is the upcoming RBC MPV on which Renault is currently working. It has been spotted testing on Indian roads a couple of times.

The all-new Ertiga is powered by the all-new 1.5-litre petrol engine that also powers the all-new Ciaz. The diesel engine is the same 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine sourced from Fiat. Maruti has also developed an all-new 1.5L diesel engine in-house which is likely to be offered in Ertiga soon.

The MPV also gets SHVS mild hybrid system which further aids in fuel efficiency. The petrol engine produces a maximum power of 104 Bhp and 138 Nm torque. The diesel unit produces 89 Bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is available with both the engine options. A 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission is available only with the petrol engine.

Prices for the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga start at Rs. 7.44 lakh for the base LXi varinat and go all the way upto Rs. 10.90 lakh for the top of the line ZDi+ variant. All the prices mentioned above are ex-showroom, Delhi. Soon, Maruti will introduce a more powerful diesel engine on the Ertiga. The engine in question will be a 1.5 liter, turbocharged unit developed in-house by Suzuki. The motor will make 94 Bhp-225 Nm, and will be called the DDiS 225. A new, 6 speed manual gearbox will accompany this engine.

Tata Altroz premium hatchback launch timeline revealed

Indian car manufacturer Tata Motors has confirmed that company is all set to debut the production version of its premium hatchback 45X in the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. It will be called the Altroz, and Tata Motors has even registered the name as a trademark. First unveiled as a concept at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo, the premium hatchback is likely to make its way to India by November this year.

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The Tata 45X was first showcased at the Auto Expo in India last year along with the H5X concept on which the recently launched Tata harrier was based on. After showcasing it in India it was also showcased in previous year’s Geneva Motor show. The production version of the car – known as the Altroz is just days away from an official reveal.

Talking to ETAuto about the upcoming launch, Mayank Pareek, president, passenger vehicle business unit, Tata Motors said,

We are going to launch it after six-seven months, in quarter second.

While there were many speculations about the name of the upcoming hatchback, Tata Motors recently released a teaser that states that the name is a six letter word starting with the alphabet ‘A’. The popular names surfacing on the internet are Aquila and Altroz, and now that Tata has trademarked the name Altroz, it’s very likely to be used on the new car. Tata is likely to go with the Altroz name as the Aquila name has already been used by Hyosung on one of their motorcycles. So it is unlikely that Tata would go with Aquila.

The Tata Altroz premium hatchback will be based on the Advanced Modular Platform, which Tata Motors now calls Alpha. This platform, which will underpin many new Tata cars in future is the automaker’s take on Volkswagen MQB platform. the production version of the Altroz premium hatchback is also expected to look very similar to the concept version. It has been spotted testing many times in India.

The production version of the Tata Altroz is expected to share its engines with the Tata Tiago. Both the petrol and diesel engines will be shared, but will produce more power and torque on the 45X. We expect the 1.2 liter petrol engine to be offered with a turbocharger, while the 1.1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine is expected to get a variable geometry turbocharger in order to boost outputs.

While manual gearbox options will be standard on both engines, a twin clutch automated manual transmission is also likely to be offered. When launched, the Tata 45X will compete with the cars like Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20 Elite in the segment. The price of this upcoming Tata hatchback is likely to be between Rs 5-9 lakh. Tata will also showcase an electric variant of Altroz, the Hornbill Micro SUV and the H7X SUV in the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

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