FACELIFTED ERTIGA IN SA: Suzuki says its squeezed "even more specification" into its reinvigorated Ertiga MPV. We have details, gallery and prices. Image: MotorPress
Cape Town - Suzuki Auto has refreshed its Ertiga MPV, based on the Swift platform, with new design elements and enhanced features.
What's an Ertiga? Well, Suzuki calls its new model an LUV - or Lifestyle Utility Vehicle.
Suzuki has streamlined its Ertiga range - GA Manual, GL Manual and GL Auto models. Why has Suzuki dropped its GLX version? According to the automaker: "The range-topping GLX model will no longer be available, thanks largely to the GL’s increase in specifications."
New design elements
The upgraded Ertiga gains a new grille, tweaked front bumper and redesigned rear bumper with integrated reflectors. GL variants receive chromed highlights on the grille and bumper as well as embossed Ertiga badge above the number plate.
Inside, GL variants receive new wheel-cover design, colour-coded, folding side-mirrors as standard.
According to Suzuki SA: "Owners will find the greatest improvements inside the Ertiga’s cabin where Suzuki has markedly improved the quality and tactile feel of the upholstery and door panels."
Standard kit includes immobiliser, air-con, electric power steering, dual airbags and ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution.
Suzuki builds on this by upgrading the GL version's audio system with Bluetooth conectivy and MP3, USB and iPod integration.
Further additions to the GL include rear-facing Park Distance Control (PDC), an additional 12V socket in the middle console behind the front seats and a third row bench that can now split in a 50/50 configuration instead of folding down as one single unit.
Suzuki says it has also approved a tow-rating of 550kg in answer to many requests from Ertiga families to add a tow-hitch and towing capacity as option.
André Venter, divisional manager for sales and marketing at Suzuki Auto South Africa, said: "The Ertiga has attracted a loyal and passionate following, thanks to its MPV-sized cabin and its Swift-like driving dynamics.
"With the new model we have increased the Ertiga’s functionality and appeal even further and look forward to welcoming ever more families to the Suzuki brand."
All Ertiga units are powered by Suzuki’s 1.4 litre K14B engine capable of 70kW/130Nm. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.6 litres/100km.
The 1.4 four-cylinder engine drives power to the front wheels via a five speed manual, while a four-speed auto is available for GL specification level.
All Ertiga units is sold with a four-year/60 000km service plan and three-year/100 000km warranty.
Ertiga 1.4 GA Manual R176 900
Ertiga 1.4 GL Manual R202 900
Ertiga 1.4 GL Auto R218 900