Word from Indonesia is that there’s a new Suzuki Ertiga in the works, and the fresh MPV is scheduled for introduction in 2018. This is according to local website Otomania, which spoke to PT Suzuki Indomobil’s marketing director Donny Saputra.

Saputra told the publication that the new Ertiga is currently undergoing development, and the intention is to launch it in the first half of next year.

This piece of news comes as Indonesia’s core Low MPV is heating up thanks to the new Mitsubishi Xpander, which made its debut last month, and to a lesser extent, the cheap and big Wuling Confero. Both Mitsubishi and SAIC-GM-Wuling are newcomers to a class that has seen the Ertiga and Honda Mobilio take on the incumbent Toyota Avanza and its Daihatsu Xenia twin.

The Suzuki Ertiga was facelifted in 2015, but is largely unchanged from the seven-seater that first surfaced in India in 2012. The budget MPV sits on the Swift platform, and a new-generation Swift was launched in December 2016. The renderings above are of the current Ertiga with the features of the new Swift.

The current Ertiga is also the base for the rebadged Proton bearing the same name, but now that Proton has its own foreign strategic partner in Geely, it’s unlikely that the Malaysian brand will continue to source the MPV from Suzuki beyond the current deal.

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