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The facelifted Suzuki Ertiga was launched in Thailand last month, along with the dressed-up Dreza variant. As with most fresh cars in the Kingdom, the Ertiga was on display at the 2016 Bangkok Motor Show. You’ve already seen in detail the standard Ertiga facelift from our GIIAS 2015 report, so we focused on the Dreza this time around.

The Dreza is mechanically similar to the regular Ertiga, but it wears a bold face that couldn’t be more contrasting to the conservative front fascia of the standard car. The large headlamps are unchanged, but the Dreza comes with a big grille and wide lower intake ‘mouth’, both chrome outlined and containing a U-shaped louvred pattern. There are LED daytime running lights, too.

Familiar layout? You might have seen something like this on the Peugeot RCZ facelift, although the Suzuki MPV comes with an extra chrome garnish above the grille. At the back, the Dreza gets a unique wing and bumper, and there are fancy wheels to complete the makeover. Pearl Twilight Violet is an exclusive colour.

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Imported from Indonesia, the Ertiga is powered by a 1.4 litre engine with 92 PS and 130 Nm of torque. The K14B is paired to a four-speed automatic gearbox – no manual for Thailand.

Additional kit for the Dreza includes steering audio controls, two extra speakers (tweeters), two-tone seats (beige-grey instead of full beige), driver’s seat height adjuster, wood trim, chrome inside door handles, outside temperature gauge and electrically foldable wing mirrors with turn signals.

Dual airbags are standard, but ABS with EBD is reserved for the Dreza, which is priced at 715,000 baht (RM81,150) in Thailand, 60,000 baht (RM6,809) costlier than the Ertiga GL.

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The Ertiga will be launched this year 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. Suzuki also makes a rebadged Ertiga for Mazda in Indonesia called the VX-1.

Full “Proton Ertiga” story here.


GALLERY: Suzuki Ertiga facelift at GIIAS 2015