Here’s a closer look at the new Suzuki Ertiga, which was launched in Indonesia in April this year. The second-generation Ertiga – which plays in the Low MPV segment alongside the Toyota Avanza, Daihatsu Xenia, Mitsubishi Xpander and Honda Mobilio – has been redesigned from the ground up, riding on a new chassis and powered by a new, more powerful engine.

Moving onto the new Heartect platform introduced on the latest Swift, the new Ertiga’s body is said to be lighter and more rigid than before, improving performance and handling. The MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension has been retained for this budget seven-seater.

The Euro 4-compliant K15B 1.5 litre VVT naturally-aspirated petrol engine is an enlarged version of the outgoing 1.4 litre unit, making 108 PS at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm at 4,400 rpm – an increase of 16 PS and 8 Nm. Fuel consumption is rated at 18 km/l with the five-speed manual and 16.7 km/l with the four-speed automatic.

Measuring 4,395 mm long, 1,735 mm wide and 1,690 mm tall, the new model is 130 mm longer, 40 mm wider and 5 mm taller than its predecessor, but the 2,740 mm wheelbase is unchanged. Boot space is 153 litres (up 18 litres) with all seats up, expandable to 550 litres (up 50 litres) with the third-row seats folded and 803 litres (up 68 litres) with all rear seats down.

Compared to the organic streamlined original, the new Ertiga features a more angular design that incorporates trapezoidal projector headlights and a new six-point grille. The front bumper sports more complex sculpting and C-shaped borders that frame the triple air intakes.

As on the Swift, blacked-out D-pillars give it a “floating roof” look, emphasised by the L-shaped tail lights that some might see as Volvo-like. New multi-spoke 15-inch alloys complete the look, and the range-topping GX models receive front fog lights, power-adjustable wing mirrors with integrated indicators and LED combination tail lights.

Inside, the new Ertiga gets its own unique dashboard with horizontal lines and a floating infotainment system. The flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel is carried over from the Swift, and the front seats feature a two-tone beige and brown design.

Notable features include 12-volt front and rear power outlets, USB and auxiliary inputs, 60:40 split-folding second-row seats and a 50:50-split third row, tilt-adjustable steering, a new instrument cluster design with a multi-info display, four speakers and rear parking sensors.

GX models, like the car you see here, get wood trim, a wood-and-leather multifunction steering wheel, keyless entry, push-button start, a seat height adjuster, ventilated front cupholders and a 6.8-inch touchscreen head unit with Bluetooth. There are only two airbags, although the GX ESP model gains stability control on top of ABS, which is standard across the board.

The original Suzuki Ertiga was rebadged in Malaysia as the Proton Ertiga, but that will enter the history books as a one-off deal, as Proton has since found a permanent new partner in Geely. Suzuki also showed off a kitted up Ertiga Suzuki Sport at GIIAS, which you can check out below.

GALLERY: Suzuki Ertiga

GALLERY: Ertiga Suzuki Sport