Suzuki Motors has recently launched the automatic version of the Ertiga MPV in Indonesia. This seven-seater MVP is exported to Indonesia as a CKD (Completely Knocked Down) unit from India and assembled at the company’s facility in Jakarta. The Ertiga sold in the South Asian country is similar to the one available here, which also means that Maruti Suzuki might offer the AT in India soon.
The Ertiga AT gets a five-speed transmission in Indonesia. It is powered by the same 1.4-litre K14B petrol engine developing 95PS and 120Nm of torque that is available in India. Currently, there are a couple AT models in the Maruti lineup, but they have four-speed transmission.
There has been a surge in automatic cars in the India market, especially in the premium hatchback and midsize sedan segment. However none of the entry-level MVPs currently have an automatic gearbox in India. Maruti might try and explore the opportunity with the Ertiga.
Maruti Suzuki will offer AT gearbox with the top-end petrol variants, ZXi. The pricing of this variant will be approx. Rs 50,000 more than the manual version, close to Rs 8.25 lakh.