What do we have here? A taped up mystery MPV roaming the streets of Malaysia. We know what it is, and you should to if you’ve been following developments of the Proton-Suzuki collaboration that was announced earlier this year.

In January, the Suzuki Ertiga was confirmed as one of the models that will be rebadged as a Proton. News reports from Indonesia quoted local Suzuki arm PT Suzuki Indomobil Sales (SIS) saying that the Ertiga will be exported to Malaysia in knocked down form, from the second quarter of 2016, at a volume of 1,500 units per month.

Production of the KD kits headed for Malaysia will start at SIS’ factory in Cikarang from May 2016, it was revealed then. Proton officially announced in January that the first Proton-Suzuki joint model will enter production before the end of 2016.

Even without the background, it’s clear that the taped up car is the Suzuki Ertiga, as the shape of the compact three-row MPV and its wraparound tail lamp cluster are unmistakeable.

In existence since 2012, the Ertiga was given a minor facelift last year. This test mule wears the pre-facelift bumper, which has a central rear fog lamp and a shapelier “diffuser” area. The 15-inch wheels, which are paired with GT Radial tyres, are from the facelifted car, though. With no front shot, it’s not clear if this mule has already undergone “Protonisation”, but the “B 458 A” trade plate belongs to Proton.

The seven-seat Ertiga 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: Suzuki Ertiga facelift at GIIAS 2015