Maruti Suzuki had launched the second-gen Ertiga in India last year. Now, Toyota has launched the same in Kenya under its new partnership with Suzuki. Toyota had started selling Suzuki models in Kenya in March this year.
The Ertiga has been placed throughout the Toyota dealerships in the African country. As per Toyota Kenya, there is a rising trend of vehicles for transporting passenger-cum-cargo for which Ertiga fits the bill perfectly. The company decided to launch the Ertiga to benefit from the rising demand of MPVs and station wagons the market. In the previous year, the demand in the segment was at an all-time high, and out of all the newly registered vehicles, most were station wagons.
"The growing need of space pushes customers to look for spacious station wagons and new Ertiga delivers this" says, Toyota Kenya, Managing Director, Arvinder Reel.
In terms of dimensions, the Maruti Ertiga is 4,395 mm long, 1,735 mm wide and 1,690 mm high. And comes with 209 litres of boot space, which can be expanded up to 803 litres on demand.
The Indian-spec model comes with two engine options: K15B 1.5-litre petrol (104.70 PS/138 Nm) and D13A 1.3-litre diesel (89.74 PS/200 Nm). The Smart Hybrid dual-battery mild-hybrid system is standard. The transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed manual unit or a 4-speed automatic unit (petrol-only).
In Kenya, the Ertiga employs the same K15B 1.5-litre petrol engine as standard and is offered with a 3-year or 100,000km warranty plan. It features projector headlamps, LED tail lamps, 4.2-inch colour MID, automatic climate control and 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link. Also, it has the functionality of second-row seat with one-touch fold and slide mechanism. In India, there is also a Maruti Ertiga Cross in the making which will be sold exclusively through the Nexa dealerships.
Toyota will also sell other Suzuki vehicles such as the Vitara Brezza and the Ciaz. In return, Suzuki will receive two electrified vehicles built on the Toyota platform. These vehicles will be sold in the European markets.