The great Proton model roll-out continues, and closing out the year’s activity will be the premiere of the Proton Ertiga. You’ll be able to watch the MPV’s official launch ceremony live, streamed exclusively on paultan.org. Join us here from 11.15 am onwards to catch our live feed from the launch event as well as the walk around of the vehicle.

We’ve detailed the specifications of the Ertiga and offered an initial view of the MPV via a first impressions report, but here’s a recap in case you missed it. The MPV is a rebadged Suzuki Ertiga facelift, with knock-down kits coming from Suzuki in Indonesia.

The three-row MPV for emerging markets made its debut in 2012, with India the launch market, before eventually going on sale in Indonesia, with the facelift arriving last year. It’s capable of seating seven, but it’s classified as a six-seater here due to the fact that the lap belt for the middle seat in the middle row doesn’t meet Malaysian regulations. Hence, a six-seater three-row MPV, offering a 2-2-2 configuration.

The Ertiga is powered by a familiar Suzuki mill, the K14B 1.4 litre with DOHC, VVT, timing chain and drive-by-wire throttle. Offering 92 PS at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4,000 rpm, the unit is paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or an Aisin-sourced, four-speed torque converter automatic.

Three variants will be available (Executive MT, Executive AT and a range-topping Executive Plus AT), and equipment includes an integrated CD/USB player with four speakers (six on the Plus AT), ceiling-mounted rear air-con (with cooling coil and blower control) and 12V power sockets (one in front, one for the middle row). Safety-wise, the Ertiga is equipped with two front airbags, side impact beams, ABS with EBD and two Isofix anchors.

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