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The new Maruti Ertiga is a robust 7 seater compact MPV designed by the Japanese Automobile company Suzuki. The car is said to be the first Life Utility Vehicle. Not like its counterparts, Innova, Tavera or Xylo, the car comes compacted with a K-series 1.4 litre petrol engine. Ertiga has been produced on the R-III concept launched by the MSIL. While Ertiga means three in Indonesia, RIII symbolises 3 rows. Thus, Suzuki Ertiga implies Swift with three rows.

Exterior

Ertiga is a simple seven-seater car with fold-able rear seats to enhance the boot area. The car from Maruti looks very beautiful and proportionate and offers a MPV feel through its single space design. The exteriors of the car are stimulated from the Ritz especially the front bumper. Find the Suzuki icon on the slot like radiator grille. The chin area of Ertiga is broader and bulkier. Though the size and dimensions of Maruti Ertiga is smaller in length as compared to Innova and Xylo, but the car is beautiful to look at. With elongated wheelbase and a higher roof that offers a good head room, the car also has quarter glass to permit the last row seaters view outside through tinted windscreen. The alloy look further improves the luxurious look of Maruti Ertiga.

Interiors

The interior of Ertiga boasts of capacious and comfy seating arrangement which is perfect for big families. The effective contribution of light share material and spacious interiors gives the interiors a luxurious appearance. The foldable back seats and four way adjustable front row seats portray an enhanced and soothing look of the car. The car has storage space for coin holders, sun glass holder and bottle holder. The steering wheel and dash is same like the new Maruti Swift but in shades of beige and black. The other features include steering mounted audio controls, dash coordinated music system and manual HVAC

Engine and Performance

The Maruti Ertiga comes with petrol and diesel variants with 4 cylinders in-line arrangement. The petrol engine is powered by 1.4l power with max power of 93.8Bhp and maximum torque of 130Nm. The Diesel engine features Multijet 1.3 litres turbo engine with a power of 88.8Bhp and torque of 200Nm. For efficiency, Ertiga sports Variable Geometry Turbo
Ertiga features VVT Technology which allows the change of fuel intake timing for a consistent power production for maximum fuel usage and lower emissions.

Colours

The Maruti Ertiga is available in the shades of Ecru Beige, Superior White, Silky Silver, Serene Blue, Dusky Brown, Fire Brick Re and Granite Grey.

Safety features

Ertiga has traditional as well as contemporary safety features which include Anti-lock braking system with EBD, high tensile roof and engine immobilizer. The sophisticated security elements of the car protects the passengers from any risk of injury during collision

Verdict

With an ARAI qualified mileage of 16kmpl for petrol variant and 20kmpl for diesel variant, Maruti Ertiga is surely not a bad purchase option. It is spacious, stylish, comfy interior featuring countless premium features. The car is surely a head turner and offers you best overall quality and performance.

As the sun peaks through the grey cloud and the temperature does its best to climb out of the single digit, it can only mean that summer is nearly with us and the roads will soon be filling up with gleaming motorcycle metal. Here are a few tips to get your ride all ready for the summer season.

Clean is serene

You can’t even begin to think about summer servicing your bike without getting it nice and clean first. That way, with all the winter’s dreary muck washed away you can start to keep a close eye out for any issues with rust, seizure, or too much wear and tear in consumables, like tyres.
If your bike has been laid up for several months and you’ve not even looked at it – shame on you! – then you’ll have to start from the ground up to fully and safely prepare it for the summer; P&H Motorcycles can help you with this.

Refresh the rubber

Tyres are entirely critical to motorcycling safety, so after you’ve cleaned your bike, check the tyres of age-related marks, drying out of the compound and any splitting. Filling them right up to the correct air pressure will help you check for all of these faults. A tyre should never feel hard to the touch; you want a feeling of youthful rubbery softness.

Is the petrol perished?

Petrol will only last for few months before it starts to go off, and old fuel can clog up carbs or injectors, so if the bikes is having trouble starting – is your battery still alive? – then it may be that the fuel delivery system needs cleaning out. One way to more quickly check this is to drain the old fuel away, disposing of it in the correct manner, and putting some fresh fuel in the bike. If you know the fuel is fresh and the battery is working the starter motor well, then it could very well be a blocked fuelling system. And a more time consuming problem.

Saggy suspension

The best tyres in the world will have trouble giving you their best grip if the suspension they are running on is too tired to cope with the stresses and strains of faster motorcycle fun.
Check the stiffness and rebound character of the bike’s suspension if it has been sitting for a while through these long, cold months, and also check for any leaking oil residue around the rear shock and chrome front fork stanchions.

Binding brakes

While brakes are designed to bind and therefore slow you down, you don’t want them bound up so tight the bike cannot move. Perhaps the brake discs have stuck to the brake discs over the winter?
It will be easy to tell if this happened, just get the wheels off the ground and see how freely you can spin them, using just the power or your hand. Too much sticking means that a much closer look at the brake callipers will be needed; perhaps even a rebuild and refurbish of them. You might as well change the brake pads and brake fluid while you’re there, too.
There’s quite a bit to do if you’ve not checked your bike all winter, but they are all crucial tasks to make sure your bike performs with grace, grip and speed this summer, and that we all make the most of some warm and dry roads while we can.

With so many people having travelled around the world in search of the perfect holiday in recent years, there are rarely any great surprises that are waiting to be discovered. We all have our own idea of the perfect destination, of course, but personal taste dictates that while some may point to a sun-kissed sandy beach, others will prefer a snow-capped mountain.

In a similar vein, we all have our personal opinions about what constitutes the perfect holiday activity. There are plenty of men and women who prefer to lie on a sun-lounger and do very little for a week or two in the summer, which is all very pleasant, of course, but many others would far rather take to the road and set out on a short journey of discovery and exploration.

The UK cannot boast the long hot summers of Florida or southern Europe, of course, but it has a rich heritage that most countries can only ever dream of, and a stunning backdrop of the most beautiful countryside. One of the best ways to experience the best that the nation has to offer the world is to take to the road on a motorcycle and see what comes your way.

There are several areas in Great Britain which lend themselves perfectly to two-wheeled touring, so it’s often difficult to choose just the one. A good starting point for first-timers is the south-east of England, in particular the spectacular counties of Devon and Cornwall. Here you’ll find rolling hills and rugged coastlines, and you’ll receive the warmest of welcomes.

Head north for the spectacular landscapes

The Highlands of Scotland are famous throughout the world for their wonderful landscapes, and if you’re planning to tour here you must make sure you have your camera with you at all times. One of the nicest aspects of riding around the Highlands is that there are rarely any traffic problems, even at the very height of the annual tourist season in the summer.


The Lake District in the north-west of England is another popular choice, with its stunning collection of lakes and hills. The east coast of Northumberland, another genuine favourite, is home to an impressive selection of historic castles and a surprising number of sandy beaches, many of which remain almost empty throughout the year.

Every tourist, especially in the current economic climate, needs to keep a close eye on the spending, of course. Using the roads in the UK isn’t cheap, although it costs far less for those on two wheels as it does for those on four. The price of petrol varies greatly from one region to another, so be prepared for some inconsistency as you travel around.

You should find the best motorcycle insurance deals before you head off into the sunset. It’s important to remember that every pound you save represents another pound you can spend on the more enjoyable aspects of the holiday. As is the case nowadays, seeking out the best cover is as easy as logging on to the web.