Suzuki Dzire dashboard

The debut of the 2018 Suzuki Ertiga in Indonesia has been heralded for some time, with a launch said to take place in the first half of 2018. While final details about the next-gen MPV aren’t out yet, we do have renderings and spyshots to help us along.

Now, thanks to Autonetmagz, we have another piece of the puzzle as the Ertiga will reportedly adopt the same dashboard as the new Dzire, also known as the Swift sedan that is available in India.

Barring any official photos, comparing the current Ertiga’s interior to the one in the Dzire reveals a large number of changes. Firstly, it is a lot more angular than before, including the inverted air-con vents and centre stack leading to the centre console.

The small cubby above the glove box is also gone, and there’s now a faux wood dash inlay for a more upmarket feel to things. The same can be said about the new infotainment and climate control systems.

Current Proton Ertiga dashboard

This modern interior design should be reflected on the vehicle’s exterior as well, based on mules seen in India, another market for the MPV. The new Ertiga, like the previous model, should ride on the same platform used for the Swift and Dzire. In this instance, it is Suzuki’s Heartect architecture that promises better rigidity and weight savings.

Under the bonnet, it should retain 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.

In Indonesia, the new Ertiga will have to fend off the likes of the Honda BR-V, Toyota Rush/Daihatsu Terios and the Mitsubishi Xpander. Will the revised model make its way here? We’re not certain but won’t be expecting it too now that the national carmaker is in deep relations with Geely.