Maruti Suzuki has announced to have achieved sales of more than 5.5 lac units of Ertiga MPV since it was first introduced in India back in 2012. The Ertiga also happens to be the bestselling 7-seat MPV across the border.
Commenting on the achievement, Shashank Srivastava, the Executive Director (Marketing & Sales) at Maruti Suzuki said:
“Over the years, brand Ertiga has redefined the notion of utilitarian MPVs with its sharp style, space, comfort, safety and host of technology features. As India’s first compact MPV, Ertiga continues to build a legacy of innovation. The remarkable milestone of 5.5 lac sales is a testimony of its success. While making a purchase decision, customers often cross-consider MPVs with UVs. Despite being cross-considered with top-selling UVs in the country, Ertiga has dominated the market and increased its market share in the segment.”
Now in its second generation that was launched in India in 2018, the Suzuki Ertiga is available in 7 variants, all powered by a 1.5L petrol engine that produces 104 hp and 138 Nm & comes paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The Ertiga is also India’s only MPV that offers factory-fitted S-CNG technology.
The Ertiga comes loaded with an array of features depending on the variant, these include multi-function steering, air-cooled cup holders, automatic climate control, SmartPlay 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reversing camera, charging socket for each row, reclining second and third row seats & 15-inch alloy wheels etc.
In terms of safety features, the Ertiga MPV is equipped with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, hill-hold assist, ISOFIX child seat anchorage and speed alert system.
Of late, the 7-seaters have become a principal choice in Pakistan for those with bigger families. However among the local assembled options, Honda BR-V is the only option left after discontinuation of FAW Sirius whereas the Toyota Avanza & Suzuki APV being expensive than the BR-V remains gracing the showroom floors.
Given the success of Suzuki Ertiga across the border where Honda BR-V was discontinued earlier this year due to poor sales, Pak Suzuki should seriously consider introducing the likes of Ertiga 7-seat MPV in Pakistan which can not only give a tough time to Honda BR-V but if priced sensibly will sure become a worthier option for those looking for genuine people mover.
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