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Last week, we showed you the first spyshots of Proton testing the Suzuki Ertiga in Malaysia. Aside from the three-row MPV’s profile and unique shape of its tail lamp cluster, we knew it was Proton as it’s the owner of the “B 458 A” trade plate used by the taped-up mule.

Here are more shots of the same Ertiga unit racking up some miles in Malaysia. The pattern and the spots of the disguise are identical to last week’s car, but it appears that Proton has added new swirl stickers to the rear lamp area, the part that we immediately recognised from the Suzuki MPV. The Ertiga’s beige cabin is also seen in today’s pics.

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 Q2 2016, at a volume of 1,500 units per month.

Proton has added swirl stickers to the Ertiga’s rear lamp cluster (left) to hide the wraparound shape (right)

Production of the CKD 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.

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”.

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: Proton-badged Suzuki Ertiga renderings

GALLERY: Suzuki Ertiga facelift at GIIAS 2015

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