With the rising prices of petrol and diesel, most people are turning towards other fuel options. In this struggle to save some money against the fuel price, CNG vehicles are emerging as the best option. Although electric vehicles are also present as a better option, but due to charging infrastructure and high cost, these vehicles are out of reach of common people. As far as CNG cars are concerned, Maruti Suzuki is on the number one position in this matter.
Maruti Suzuki has one of the strongest CNG vehicle portfolio and around 6 models are included in this segment. Maruti WagonR CNG is the best selling car in the country in the hatchback segment, but as a 7-seater CNG, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is performing well. Due to low price, better mileage and great seating capacity, people are liking this car the most.
Looking at the sales figures of CNG variants of Maruti Ertiga, in the first quarter of this year, the company has sold a total of 7,453 units of this car. Which is much higher than just 803 units in the first quarter of last year. It is evident that the Corona epidemic in the country since last year had badly affected the business. Moreover, last year fuel prices were also not that high.
High demand and long waiting:
However, due to the high demand, the waiting period of this car is increasing continuously. You may have to wait up to 6 months for the Maruti Ertiga CNG variant in some cities. When we came to know about this, we talked to some dealerships in cities like Lucknow, Noida and Gorakhpur. Where the waiting period for this car was said to be around 20 to 25 weeks. Obviously people are ready to wait for this car for months due to the great performance and utility of this car.
How is the Maruti Ertiga CNG:
Maruti Suzuki’s famous MPV car Ertiga also comes with CNG kit. The company has used a 1.5-litre petrol engine in this car. Its CNG variant generates power of 92PS and torque of 122Nm. This CNG variant is available only in one VXI model. The car gets a 7-inch infotainment system, LED tail lamps, fog lamps, projector headlamps, ventilated front cup holders, auto climate control, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), AC vents for the rear seat and Features like reverse parking sensor are available. This car has a CNG fuel tank of 60 liters capacity.
The company claims that this fuel tank is quite safe and leak proof. Safety has been taken care of in its construction, intelligent injection system has been used in it. Although the price of its petrol variant starts from Rs 7.81 lakh, the price of its CNG variant starts from Rs 9.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The company claims that this car gives a mileage of up to 26.08 km/kg.