An all-new Suzuki Ertiga Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) was recently revealed at the Indonesia Motor Show and according to Suzuki South Africa, it’s expected to arrive on local soil early in 2019.
There’s a strong case to be made for an affordable and reliable 7-seater MPV such as the Suzuki Ertiga which offers a practical transport solution for both private owners and the rental channel.
Since its launch back in 2014, the Suzuki Ertiga has sold well locally with more than 2 276 units finding homes in South Africa. There is, however, an all-new second-generation Ertiga on its way to South Africa in early 2019!
The new Ertiga made its debut at the recent Indonesia Motor Show and it’s some 130 mm longer, 40 mm wider and sits 5 mm higher than the current model which means its interior will be more spacious. The Ertiga’s ground clearance, however, has been reduced by 5 mm to 180 mm. The new Ertiga will be built on Suzuki’s Heartec platform which underpins the new Suzuki Swift which is due to arrive locally in June 2018.
The Ertiga will employ a more powerful naturally-aspirated 77 kW/138 Nm 1.5-litre petrol engine that will replace the current 70 kW/130 Nm 1.4-litre unit and will be offered with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption for the manual is claimed at 5.5 L/100 km while the automatic is claimed to consume 6.0 L/100km.
Key features for the new Ertiga include projector headlights, LED tail lights, 15-inch alloy wheels, electrically folding/adjustable side mirrors, 6.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, ventilated cupholders, roof-mounted air vents and wooden inlays for a classier interior finish.
In terms of safety, the new Ertiga will be equipped 2 front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, rear reverse camera, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and hill-hold assist. Note that South African specification for the Ertiga has yet to be confirmed and will likely differ from the specification offered in Asian markets.
The new Suzuki Ertiga will be produced in Indonesia and India but models destined for South Africa in early 2019 will be imported from India.
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