Proton Ertiga Archive

  • VIDEO: Proton Ertiga 1.4 MPV walk-around tour

    This morning, Proton launched its first compact MPV, the Proton Ertiga. We brought you an exclusive live stream of the launch event, and exhaustively detailed the new model in our comprehensive launch report. But perhaps you prefer to simply click play and watch our man Hafriz Shah point out all the features to you, which is why we’ve prepared a new walk-around video tour of the new car.

    To recap, the Ertiga is priced at RM58,800 for the Executive manual and RM61,800 for the automatic model, while the range-topping Executive Plus auto retails at RM64,800. All prices are on-the-road inclusive of insurance and a five-year/150,000 km warranty.

    Essentially a rebadged Suzuki Ertiga, the new car is around the same size as its nearest rival, the Perodua Alza; it’s significantly shorter and narrower than the larger Exora as a result, but its wheelbase is actually 10 mm longer. The grey-and-beige interior features a dashboard derived from the Suzuki Swift and six seats; access to the third row is accomplished via a second row that tilts and slides forward.

    Sitting on a stretched Swift platform, the Ertiga is powered by the hatchback’s K14B 1.4 litre naturally-aspirated DOHC VVT petrol engine. In this application, it produces 92 PS at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels via either a five-speed manual gearbox or – the first in a long time for a Proton – a four-speed automatic transmission.

    In terms of fuel consumption, the Ertiga manages 5.7 litres per 100 km with the manual ‘box and 6.0 litres per 100 km with the automatic on the European NEDC cycle. These figures have enabled it to achieve the company’s first Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) certification, the first compact MPV in Malaysia to do so.

    As usual, you can browse CarBase.my for full specifications and equipment. But enough writing – watch the video above to learn everything you need to know about the new Proton Ertiga, and sound off in the comments section after the jump. Thanks for watching!

    Proton Ertiga 1.4 Executive Plus

     
     
  • Proton Ertiga MPV launched in Malaysia – RM59k-65k

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    Earlier in the year, we heard about Proton’s ambitious plan to launch four new vehicles this year, something that raised eyebrows when it was announced. Well, it’s actually done it, with the last of the cars, the Proton Ertiga MPV, launching today at the Setia City Convention Centre.

    Let’s start with the most important bit, the price. Slotting under the bigger C-segment Exora, the B-segment Ertiga is priced at RM58,800 for the Executive manual and RM61,800 for the automatic model, while the range-topping Executive Plus auto retails at RM64,800. All prices are on-the-road inclusive of insurance and a five-year/150,000 km warranty.

    The Ertiga is different from the rest of the cars that Proton has launched this year, even the Perdana that’s based on the eighth-generation Honda Accord. As per the agreement with Suzuki, it’s pretty much identical to the Suzuki Ertiga, and bears nearly zero input from Proton’s engineers and designers – in a similar fashion to the Mazda VX-1. With that out of the way, let’s get to it.

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    Carried over from Suzuki, longer wheelbase than Exora

    The rationale behind the Ertiga is simple. The Exora may have been Proton’s first MPV, but it’s a larger vehicle targeted at a more discerning buyer, one who wants more sophistication in their vehicle, if not more space. Meanwhile, the lower end of the market is burgeoning, with competitors left and right rushing to meet the needs of families who simply want as many seats for as little outlay as possible.

    As such, the Ertiga is meant to be a no-frills people mover, being far smaller in size and powered by a smaller engine. Measuring 4,265 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,685 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,740 mm, it is 327 mm shorter and 114 mm narrower than the Exora.

    However, the distance between the axles is actually 10 mm longer than Proton’s in-house MPV. In terms of height, the Ertiga is a modest 6 mm lower than the Exora, despite the sizeable 185 mm ground clearance, meant for the rough rural roads of countries like Indonesia and India.

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    Against its other competitors, the Ertiga is 5 mm shorter and 65 mm taller than its closest rival, the Perodua Alza, but the latter’s wheelbase is also 10 mm up. As for the Toyota Avanza, the Ertiga is significantly larger in almost all aspects, only being marginally beaten in height and ground clearance.

    Proton’s version of the Ertiga wears the milder facelifted front fascia from the standard Suzuki variant, instead of the extroverted Peugeot-inspired face of the Ertiga Dreza. The Swift-style vertical swept-back headlights remain, but the grille is now wider to meet the lamps and gets a chrome bar running across.

    Meanwhile, the front bumper has also been redesigned with a friendlier face and larger fog lamp surrounds, with chrome trim on the Executive Plus variant. The side profile, on the other hand, remains nondescript, with the upswept window line and pronounced wheel arches being the only flourishes; the sizeable wheelbase grants the Ertiga a wheel-at-each-corner stance.

    Moving on, the rear of the car gets the tail light extensions and chrome bar seen on the facelifted model. However, the rear bumper is taken from Indonesia’s pre-facelift Ertiga, likely due to the need to incorporate a rear fog light for the Malaysian market.

    Five-split-spoke alloy wheels are standard and measure 15 inches in diameter, shod with 185/65R15 GT Radial Champiro Eco tyres; they are identical to the Suzuki’s but come with centre caps carrying the new Proton logo. Four colours are available, including the Perdana’s hero Ruby Red seen here, Carnelian Brown from the Persona, Metal Grey from the Saga and Cotton White.

    Dashboard derived from Suzuki Swift, six seats

    Step inside and you’ll find an interior that has been carried over wholesale, with the exception of the Proton badge on the steering wheel boss. Up front is a dashboard derived from the Swift, albeit in a grey-and-beige colour scheme; disappointingly for an MPV, there’s just one cupholder in front, although the third row passengers get their own above the rear wheel arches.

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    The middle row is a two-seater – hence making the vehicle a six-seater MPV – even though the bench very clearly has space for three. The Ertiga doesn’t have a provision for a three-point centre seat belt, so the lap belt has simply been taken out.

    Proton contends that as such, second-row passengers will make better use of the rear armrest. The seats themselves can be slid backward and forwards as much as 240 mm. Access to the third row is achieved by pulling a lever to tilt the second-row backrest and slide the whole seat forward.

    As with most small three-row MPVs, boot space is tiny with all seats up, at just 135 litres (Alza is 83 litres); however, it expands to 400 litres with the 50:50-split third row folded (can be done without removing the headrests, unlike the Alza), and the second row can be folded 60:40 for even more room. There’s also a false floor at the rear hiding even more storage space – the full-size spare tyre is located under the car.

    Two airbags and ABS as standard, four-star ASEAN NCAP rating

    Kit count is almost identical on both variants – standard equipment includes front and rear fog lights, rear parking sensors, USB connectivity, two 12V power sockets (including one for the second row), a rear air-con blower (with dedicated cooling coils, a significant improvement over the Alza) and four speakers.

    Plump for the Plus and you get the aforementioned seat height adjuster, power-folding door mirrors with integrated LED indicators, chrome interior door handles, two front seat back pockets (as opposed to one), a multifunction steering wheel and two tweeters to make it six speakers in total. There’s no Bluetooth, keyless entry or push-button start, unfortunately, even though those items are available in countries like India.

    Safety-wise, all models get dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat anchors on the second row. Electronic stability control is not available, which is probably the reason why there is no Premium-badged variant with that feature. Proton’s version gets the Suzuki’s four-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating.

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    Swift platform, engine and gearbox, four-speed automatic, EEV certification

    Sitting on a stretched Swift platform, the Ertiga is powered by the hatchback’s K14B 1.4 litre naturally-aspirated DOHC VVT petrol engine. Proton is particularly proud about the mill’s metal timing chain, an item which won’t be introduced in its own engines until the brand new GDI and TGDI engine family goes into production, slated for the end of next year.

    In this application, the engine produces 92 PS at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels via either a five-speed manual gearbox or – the first in a long time for a Proton – a four-speed automatic transmission; the Executive Plus is only available with the slush box. Zero to 100 km/h is accomplished in 11.8 seconds with the manual and 13.9 seconds for the auto.

    In terms of fuel consumption, the Ertiga manages 5.7 litres per 100 km with the manual ‘box and 6.0 litres per 100 km with the automatic on the European NEDC cycle. These figures have enabled it to achieve the company’s first Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) certification, the first compact MPV in Malaysia to do so. In comparison, the turbocharged Exora CFE CVT uses 7.8 litres per 100 km.

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    Here are the specifications of the car in full:

    Proton Ertiga 1.4 Executive – RM58,800 (MT), RM61,800 (AT)
    Engine, drivetrain
    1.4 litre K14B petrol engine
    92 PS at 6,000 rpm
    130 Nm at 4,000 rpm
    DOHC, variable valve timing with metal timing chain
    Multi-point injection
    Drive-by-wire throttle
    Five-speed manual or four-speed torque convertor automatic (Aisin)
    0-100 km/h: 11.8 sec for MT, 13.9 sec for AT
    Fuel economy (NEDC): 5.7 l/100 km for MT, 6.0 l/100 km for AT

    Chassis, suspension
    Stretched Suzuki Swift platform
    MacPherson struts front suspension
    Torsion beam rear suspension
    Front brake discs
    Rear drum brakes
    45-litre fuel tank
    5.2 m turning radius
    Dimensions (length, width, height): 4,265 mm, 1,695 mm, 1,685 mm
    Wheelbase: 2,740 mm
    185 mm ground clearance
    Weight: 1,175 kg for MT, 1,185 kg for AT

    Exterior
    Reflector halogen headlamps
    Front and rear foglamps
    Bulb-type tail lights
    Chrome front grille
    Chrome rear garnish with red tail light extension bars
    Turn signal indicators on front fenders
    Electrically-adjustable side mirrors
    Remote control key fob
    15-inch alloy wheels with GT Radial Champiro Eco tyres (185/65R15)
    Full-size spare tyre
    Two rear parking sensors
    Rear window wiper
    Four colours – Ruby Red, Carnelian Brown, Metal Grey, Cotton White

    Interior
    Two-tone interior (light grey and beige)
    Polyurethane steering wheel
    Integrated head unit with CD, USB player
    Four speakers
    Back-lit instrument cluster with trip computer
    Manual air-con
    Ceiling-mounted rear air-con (with cooling coil and blower control)
    12V power sockets (1 front, 1 middle row)
    Six three-point seat belts (2-2-2)
    Beige fabric upholstery
    Middle row seats – sliding (240 mm range), 60:40 split-folding, one-touch access to third row, centre armrest, two ISOFIX anchors
    Third row seats – 50:50 split-folding
    Under-floor storage compartment

    Safety
    Two front airbags
    ABS with EBD
    Side impact beams
    Four-star ASEAN NCAP crash safety rating

    Proton Ertiga 1.4 Executive Plus AT – RM64,800
    Adds on:
    Chrome trim on front foglamp housings
    Power-foldable side mirrors
    LED turn signals on side mirrors
    Under-bonnet insulation
    Anti-pinch driver’s side power window
    Audio controls on steering wheel
    Two dashboard tweeters (six speakers in total)
    Height-adjustable driver’s seat
    Chrome interior door handles
    Back-seat pockets on both front seats
    Window tint

    Want to know how the Proton Ertiga drives? Read our first impressions of the new car here. You can also browse full specifications and equipment on CarBase.my.


    Proton Ertiga 1.4 Executive Plus

     
     
  • Proton Ertiga – watch the launch live from 11.15 am onwards, exclusively on paultan.org

    The great Proton model roll-out continues, and closing out the year’s activity will be the premiere of the Proton Ertiga. You’ll be able to watch the MPV’s official launch ceremony live, streamed exclusively on paultan.org. Join us here from 11.15 am onwards to catch our live feed from the launch event as well as the walk around of the vehicle.

    We’ve detailed the specifications of the Ertiga and offered an initial view of the MPV via a first impressions report, but here’s a recap in case you missed it. The MPV is a rebadged Suzuki Ertiga facelift, with knock-down kits coming from Suzuki in Indonesia.

    The three-row MPV for emerging markets made its debut in 2012, with India the launch market, before eventually going on sale in Indonesia, with the facelift arriving last year. It’s capable of seating seven, but it’s classified as a six-seater here due to the fact that the lap belt for the middle seat in the middle row doesn’t meet Malaysian regulations. Hence, a six-seater three-row MPV, offering a 2-2-2 configuration.

    The Ertiga is powered by a familiar Suzuki mill, the K14B 1.4 litre with DOHC, VVT, timing chain and drive-by-wire throttle. Offering 92 PS at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4,000 rpm, the unit is paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or an Aisin-sourced, four-speed torque converter automatic.

    Three variants will be available (Executive MT, Executive AT and a range-topping Executive Plus AT), and equipment includes an integrated CD/USB player with four speakers (six on the Plus AT), ceiling-mounted rear air-con (with cooling coil and blower control) and 12V power sockets (one in front, one for the middle row). Safety-wise, the Ertiga is equipped with two front airbags, side impact beams, ABS with EBD and two Isofix anchors.

     
     
  • DRIVEN: Proton Ertiga MPV first impressions review – rebadged Suzuki six-seater EEV is smooth and refined

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    My, has it been a crazy year! It certainly has been for Proton, which has launched not just a new marketing campaign and a new logo, but also three new cars. The national carmaker kicked its product blitz in June with the D-segment Perdana, then followed it up with two successive launches in August and September with the Persona and Saga respectively.

    We’ve been waiting for these cars for some time now, and after driving them it’s clear that while these cars aren’t necessarily perfect, we are seeing flashes of brilliance, particularly with the deeply-impressive Saga. But now the focus is on the last car on the launch agenda, one that is entirely out of the control of the talents within the company – the Suzuki-derived Proton Ertiga MPV.

    The rationale behind it is simple. The Exora may have been Proton’s first MPV, but it’s a larger vehicle targeted at a more discerning buyer, one who wants more sophistication in their vehicle, if not more space. Meanwhile, the lower end of the market is burgeoning, with competitors left and right rushing to meet the needs of families who simply want as many seats for as little outlay as possible.

    Now, Proton finally has the car to grab a slice of that pie. Available in Executive and Executive Plus variants, the Ertiga wants to be what buyers will think of when they think of a no-frills people mover, and with significantly lower development costs, will likely be priced as such. But is there any substance behind it? We put it to its paces on Proton’s test track, to find out.

    Read our first impressions review of the Proton Ertiga here.

     
     
 

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Last Updated 17 Aug 2017