Police in general in India are often seen with substandard even ‘ancient’ equipment in some scenarios. But things are changing slowly and the proof of that is Mumbai Police took delivery of 94 spanking new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga’s for patrolling purposes.
The go-to car for Police has been the Gypsy, Toyota Qualis, Mahindra Bolero and Tata Sumo. Ertiga has found a place in the Mumbai Police fleet for the first time. All Maruti Ertiga MPV supplied to Mumbai Police were officially handed over on November 23 by Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. The new Ertiga handed over, comes replete with Mumbai Police livery, sirens and blue flicker lights on top. All the vehicles are LXi variant.
The new cars will be used more specifically for women’s safety and features a pink stripe to denote it. All complaints about safety will be addressed by sending the nearest vehicle to the location as soon as possible.
The LXi variant of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is powered by a 1.4 litre K-series petrol engine producing 94 bhp and 130 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and power is sent to the front wheels. It can seat 7 people and will return 17.05 kms to a litre of fuel. It has been priced at INR 6 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). It gets features like air conditioning, optional ABS but will be devoid of air vents in the second row while safety features will include driver side airbag only.
The Ertiga is also seen in 1.3-litre diesel mill variant, producing 89 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. The diesel also gets a start stop function and SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) system. It returns 24.52 kms to a litre of fuel. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga starts at INR 6 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and goes up to INR 9.25 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi).