The compact seven-seater scene continues to be a hotly-contested segment it seems. From tiny crossovers, to sleek MPVs, automakers are cashing in on this booming segment. Suzuki's answer to this conundrum? The all-new 2018 Suzuki Ertiga.
Officially making its world debut at the 2018 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS), the new Ertiga bears a new face, along with new and updated technologies. With it, Suzuki is determined to keep a foothold on this segment that is populated by such competitors like the Honda Mobilio, Toyota Avanza and Mitsubishi Xpander.
Much like the new-generation Swift (from which it is based on), the 2018 Ertiga ditches its rounded curves for a more angular, more upmarket appearance. No longer does the MPV resemble the hatchback as Suzuki gave this all-new model a unique face.
Sweeping projector headlights along with a bigger, more distinct chrome grill, dominate the front fascia of the new MPV. Also bearing noticeable revisions are the front bumper, foglights and foglight bezels. Newly-designed 15-inch alloy wheels, as well as eye-catching L-shaped taillights, are also seen on the all-new Ertiga.
In terms of exterior dimensions, the 2018 Ertiga measures 4395mm long, 1735mm wide, 1690mm tall and has a 2740mm wheelbase. Compared to the outgoing model, the all-new model is 130mm longer, 40mm wider, and 5mm taller. Wheelbase remains the same as before, however.
To further distinguish itself from the Swift, Suzuki gave the new Ertiga its own dashboard and cabin design. High-end models will come with a free-floating touchscreen infotainment system along with heaps of faux wood trim on the dashboard, center console, flat-bottomed steering wheel and door panels. Like the current offering, the 2018 Ertiga continues to come with a pre-dominantly beige interior which has become one of its well-known features.
Other features present inside the Ertiga include a four-speaker sound system, tilt-adjustable steering rack, seat height adjuster for the driver, refreshed instrument cluster design and three 12V power outlets. Like the current generation model, the second row seat can be split folded 60:40 while the third row can be folded 50:50.
Under the hood is a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine dubbed the K15B. It displaces 1462cc and benefits from variable valve timing (VVT) and multi-point injection (MPI). The result is 105 PS at 6000 rpm along with 138 Nm of torque at 4400 rpm. Despite being based off the new-generation Swift, the 2018 Ertiga is only available with either a four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual gearbox.
As it sits on the same platform as the Swift called 'Heartect', Suzuki claimed the 2018 Ertiga is more rigid and lighter than before. Plus, the MPV will deliver better cornering, stopping and overall driving performance.
Additional features and amenities available in the 2018 Ertiga include the following: power-folding side mirrors, rear parking sensors, keyless smart entry with engine start-stop button, electronic stability program (ESP), anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), ISOFIX child seat anchors and dual SRS airbags.
There is no word yet as to when Suzuki Philippines will bring in the all-new Ertiga.