The Honda BR-V, Mitsubishi Xpander, and Toyota Rush have been racking up rather healthy sales figures in the past couple of months. These small, seven-seat 'SUVs' are proving popular in certain markets and now, Suzuki wants in on the craze too.

Tentatively dubbed the Ertiga Cross it is, you've guessed it, a higher-riding version of the standard Ertiga. There aren't much details surrounding it for now, but it's more than likely to be aimed squarely at the tall MPVs of Honda, Mitsubishi, and Toyota. However, a leaked patent photo circulating around the internet gives us a glimpse of the raised MPV.

Suzuki wants to fight BR-V, Rush, Xpander with Ertiga Cross

So far, the only hint suggesting a more rugged look for the Ertiga is a faux skid plate on the rear bumper, along with some extra cladding. With that, one can expect the production model to have more cladding in front, plus a faux skid plate, and bolt on fender flares on its flanks. A pair of roof rails could also be added on to the raised Ertiga, as the patent photo suggests.

That said, it isn't likely that the Ertiga Cross will come with an all-wheel drive option given that its competition sticks to two wheel drive. What is possible is the inclusion of a diesel option, already available in the India-market Ertiga. At the moment, the Ertiga's engine range consists of a mild-hybrid gas and mild-hybrid turbodiesel, as well as a non-hybrid version of the gas-fed engine.

Still in patent drawing stages, the Ertiga Cross won't be making an appearance at least for the first half of the year. However, it is likely that it could make its world premiere towards the end of 2019 or the first half of 2020.

Source: Gaadiwaadi

Note: Main photo is the standard Suzuki Ertiga