The upcoming Proton-Suzuki MPV won’t be the only rebadged Suzuki Ertiga in existence. Mazda had one all along for the Indonesian market, and it’s called the VX-1. The Suzuki Ertiga received a facelift last year, and it’s now the Mazda VX-1’s turn to get the updates.
These images by Indonesian website Autonetmagz show a facelifted Mazda VX-1 that’s identical to the donor Ertiga FL from the front. However, the VX-1 does without the standard Ertiga facelift’s (not the Dreza) add on bits, namely the red tail lamp extensions and a thick chrome bar above the license plate. The result is a cleaner look for the Mazda, which gets auto folding wing mirrors with turn signals and rear parking sensors.
Inside, changes mirror the Ertiga’s. There’s new head unit, auto-up driver’s window with anti-pinch, pollen filter for the air con, power outlet for the middle row and a 50:50 split folding third row. Very beige.
No changes to the mechanicals. Soldiering on is Suzuki’s K14B 1.4 litre engine, which in the Ertiga makes 92 PS and 130 Nm of torque. Five-speed manual and four-speed automatic gearboxes are available. Prices range from Rp.200.5 million (RM62,610) to Rp.221.5 million (RM69,168).
What do you think of the VX-1 and Ertiga? That’s a pertinent question because this budget MPV will soon be available in Malaysia with a Proton badge, a fruit of the collaboration between Proton and Suzuki. Proton had announced that the first Proton-Suzuki joint model will enter production before the end of 2016.
In January, it was confirmed that the Ertiga will be exported to Malaysia from Indonesia, in knocked down form from Q2 2016. Production of the KD kits headed for Malaysia will start in May, with a volume of 1,500 units per month. Full “Proton Ertiga” story here.
GALLERY: “Proton Ertiga” renderings
GALLERY: Suzuki Ertiga facelift at GIIAS 2015