Maruti is all set to launch CNG variant of its MPV Ertiga. The CNG powered variant of Ertiga will hit showrooms in next week, as reported by FinancialExpress. The CNG variant of Ertiga will be powered with 1.4 litre K series engine that pumps out healthy 94 bhp and 130Nm of torque. The declining car sales in India has seen automakers introducing special editions and limited editions of vehicles to boost up sales. Now, this is another such move from Maruti to introduce CNG version in its Life Utility Vehicle – LUV. Just like Wagon-R, CNG variant will be available on base end model LXi and one line above base model VXi models of the Ertiga. The Zxi variant will not get CNG power. With CNG option, the Ertiga will be priced about Rs. 30000 more than petrol LXi variant.
Priced at only Rs. 30000 higher than the base petrol variant, the CNG powered Ertiga is likely attract prospective buyers of diesel variant of Ertiga. The rising prices of diesel means that CNG variants of cars are more sensible for people living in cities where CNG is freely available. Having said that, CNG options on Maruti cars are limited to cars like Alto 800, SX4 and WagonR. One disadvantage of CNG is that the CNG tank will occupy lower part of third row space of Ertiga, making boot space less. Being used in city, the CNG variant will be much more economical than the diesel or petrol variant of car with lower service costs.
Recently, Maruti launched the Ertiga “Feliz” special edition model, aimed at boosting volumes. The CNG variant is intended to achieved a similar effect. Since March 2013, Maruti has been losing sales volumes for the Ertiga, from 6000 before March to just 4000 units in May. By launching the CNG variant, Maruti could stabilize sales of the Ertiga. According to IBNlive, due to slowdown in demand for diesel cars from Maruti, the car maker is stopping production at Manesar and Gurgaon today.