Here another piece of the “Proton Ertiga” jigsaw that will be completed in October, when the Suzuki Ertiga-based MPV will be officially launched. This batch of pics, from readers Muhammad Mirza and Wilson Teoh, shows us a test mule that we’ve not seen before so far.
Wearing a psychedelic mosaic camouflage, the test mule with the “B 2291 A” trade plate rides on steel wheels and does without the central rear fog lamp that we’ve seen so far. This could hint at an entry-level variant of the MPV with basic specs and a matching low price tag. The other unit seen in Wilson’s pics is as per what we’ve seen before.
As before, the front end of the test mule appears to have the shapelier bumpers of the facelifted Ertiga that made its debut at last year’s GIIAS show in Indonesia. But we’re not sure if Proton’s Ertiga will be a straightforward rebadge job (ala government-use Accordana) or if there will be a minor face change involved.
At the back, the rear bumper is from the pre-faclift Ertiga, so it could be Proton picking and choosing what it wants. The 15-inch alloys are from the current Ertiga.
Suzuki Indomobil Sales (SIS) expects bookings of 1,500 units per month from Proton. The company exports the Ertiga as a CBU model to the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to the tune of 800 to 1,000 units per month, but this is its first CKD export order.
SIS revealed in January that the Ertiga will be exported to Malaysia in knocked down form, from Q2 2016, at a rate of 1,500 units per month. Production of the kits will start from May, it was revealed then.
In existence since 2012, the Ertiga was given a minor facelift last year. The seven-seater has a 2,740 mm wheelbase (Perodua Alza 2,750 mm, Proton Exora 2,730 mm) and is powered by a 1.4 litre engine with 92 PS and 130 Nm of torque. The K14B motor is paired to a five-speed manual and four-speed auto.
An Ertiga Dreza variant with a unique face and more equipment is also available in Indonesia and Thailand. There’s a Mazda-badged Ertiga in Indonesia too, the VX-1. Check out renderings of the “Proton Ertiga” as well as the original Suzuki MPV below.
GALLERY: Proton-badged Suzuki Ertiga renderings
GALLERY: Suzuki Ertiga facelift at GIIAS 2015