The Suzuki Ertiga has been around since 2012, and with its smaller hatchback sibling, the Swift, receiving a full makeover last year, it’s about time that a replacement takes its place. The company is clearly hard at work on a next-generation model, as Indian motoring website GaadiWaadi has received spyshots of the new MPV ahead of its unveiling, expected in February at the Indian Auto Expo.

Even though the test mule is wearing a significant amount of camouflage, it’s clear that the next Ertiga will get a much more modern design compared to its nondescript predecessor, with prominent LED tail lights sticking out amongst all that disguise. Also visible is what appears to be a cut in the D-pillar, suggesting that the people carrier will have a floating roof design, similar to the new Swift.

Renderings of next-generation Suzuki Ertiga

Unlike the Swift, which debuted with a new 1.0 litre turbo three-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.2 litre twin-injector four-pot, the Ertiga should get the same engines as before. These include a 92 PS/130 Nm 1.4 litre naturally-aspirated mill mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic, as well as a mild hybrid variant with a 89 hp/200 Nm 1.3 litre turbodiesel and a six-speed manual.

The Ertiga is facing stiff competition nowadays, especially from less traditional SUV-esque rivals such as the Honda BR-V, Toyota Rush/Daihatsu Terios and the Mitsubishi Xpander. Don’t expect the new model to come to Malaysia with a Proton badge like the outgoing one did, now that the national carmaker is owned by Geely.

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