Proton has received around 1,400 bookings for its new Ertiga since the MPV’s introduction last November, with about 350 vehicles having been delivered to customers. The numbers so far fall in line with the automaker’s projection of shifting 1,500 units of the B-segment offering a month.

The company added that Metal Grey was the most popular colour choice out of the four available, with Ruby Red being the next favourite shade among buyers. The four-star ASEAN NCAP-rated people mover – which is a rebadged Suzuki Ertiga – is available in three 1.4 litre petrol forms, an Executive manual (RM58,800) and Executive automatic (RM61,800) as well as a range-topping Executive Plus auto (RM64,800).

In related news, Suzuki is set to launch the Ertiga Smart Hybrid ZDI SHVS diesel variant this month in Indonesia, but Proton said the model – which is powered by a D13A 1.3 litre DDiS turbodiesel offering 90 PS and 200 Nm, and paired with a five-speed manual gearbox – is not under consideration for our market.

“We have no plans to bring in the diesel Ertiga. We have a 1,500 unit per month target for the car, numbers that are comfortable for a small MPV, and the current model meets these requirements,” Proton Edar CEO Rohime Shafie told reporters.

GALLERY: Proton Ertiga Executive Plus