Maruti Suzuki, the country's leading auto manufacturer, is very well known for making successful cars that are not only economical but also safety oriented. However, the case is not the same this time as safety watchdog - Global NCAP revealed new results for Indian made cars - Maruti Ertiga and Maruti Wagon R. The crash tests highlight disappointing results for Maruti Ertiga and Maruti Wagon R. While the former managed to score just three stars for adult occupant safety, the latter scored only two stars for adult protection. Both the cars are based on Suzuki's Heartect platform that is believed to be more robust than the previous version. Diwali 2019 Discounts on Cars: Get Up to Rs 1 Lakh on Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Creta, Honda City & Tata Nexon.
Taking about Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, the MPV from Maruti Suzuki just managed to score decently during the crash tests performed by Global NCAP. The second-generation Ertiga, which was introduced last year, managed to score only three stars for adult and child occupant protection. Tested under Global NCAP protocol at 64kmph, the body shell integrity score of the MPV was borderline and fell into the unstable category.
Compared to the previous model, the second generation Ertiga brings better space utilisation with a huge improvement on the design front. The car also brings better build quality and features than the predecessor.
Alejandro Furas, Technical Director, Global NCAP, stated "The test showed that the Ertiga had a firewall intrusion with relevant pedal displacement. The front passenger-side seatbelt pre-tensioner also did not work as intended."
On the other hand, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R scored two stars rating for adult as well as child protection. Moreover, the body shell integrity of Wagon R has been rated as Unstable by the Global NCAP with a score of 6.93 from possible 17 for the adult occupant protection. The crash test also highlighted that the front seatbelt pre-tensioners of the small car didn't operate as desired, resulting in maximum damage & injuries to the chest and knee areas of dummies.
Additionally, the foot area of the vehicle is also rated as unstable with potential damage to the knee and ankle. During the crash test, the car managed to score 16.33 points out of overall 49 bring the rating to just two stars. The carmaker relaunched the new Wagon R in the country as a new generation model with a new platform that also underpins Baleno, Ignis and Swift.