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Maruti Suzuki, the nation's largest carmaker is discontinuing a few of its models including the iconic Gypsy. A forum post on team-bhp.com has revealed that Maruti Suzuki will also stop taking orders and end production of the Ertiga MPV's base diesel variant. According to the image posted on the forum page, the Maruti Ertiga Ldi will be discontinued from April 1, 2019, along with the Gypsy.
The image posted on the forum pages is that of an official email sent out by Maruti Suzuki to its dealers informing them of the discontinuation of both the base Ertiga diesel and the Gypsy. The discontinuation of the Ertiga Ldi will mean that prospective customers looking to buy the diesel Maruti MPV from April onwards will have to shell out around Rs 72,000 more than they currently do. This is due to the fact that the new base variant of the Ertiga diesel come April 1, will be the Vdi variant. The email also informs Maruti dealers to stop taking bookings for the Ertiga from March 1, which was two days ago.
Maruti Suzuki launched the second-generation Ertiga MPV in the month of November last year. The new Ertiga featured a new design, inspired by the Toyota Innova featured many new design elements including the Boomerang-shaped LED taillights that look to be picked straight out of Volvo's design textbook for SUVs. While the top spec variants sport 15-inch alloys, both the Ldi and Vdi variants make do with steel wheels of the same size.
Along with the new design, the new Ertiga sported more space on the inside, thanks to the fact that the MPV grew both in terms of length and width. This has resulted in both more space for passengers, especially in the third and final row and their luggage.
The second-generation Ertiga sported a new petrol powerplant — a 1.5-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine —but carried over the diesel powerplant of its predecessor. The diesel, the tried and trusted 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced engine is only offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The engine cranks out 89bhp and 200Nm of torque, all of which is sent to the front wheels. Maruti does not offer the diesel with an automatic gearbox option, though it is offered with the new K15B mild-hybrid petrol engine. The petrol engine is offered with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The Discontinuation of the Maruti Ertiga Ldi
The discontinuation of the Maruti Ertiga Ldi variant comes as a surprising move from Maruti Suzuki. While the carmaker hasn't given any reasons for the move, it now means that new customers will be getting quite a bit of kit even if they opt for the base variant of the Maruti Ertiga MPV. Hopefully, that'll distract them from the big hike in terms of price tag.