- Second generation Suzuki Ertiga now in SA
- More passenger space, wider/longer body
- 200 000km promotional warranty included
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Wider, taller and longer than the updated model that was launched in South Africa in 2016 comes the brand’s new seven-seat Ertiga multi-purpose vehicle.
It was an original model way back in 2010; this the latest model is already in South African showrooms.
Modern famílies, Suzuki believes, are now extended so mobile phone integration is a given and good ground clearance is a requirement. South Africa does, remember, have long stretches of gravel roads…
André Venter, sales and marketing boss at Suzuki SA, told The Corner in a media release: ”Our engineers and designers have worked hard to create an MPV that really delivers on its paper promises.
”There’s more space – even adults can comfortably use the third row of seats – and the new 1.5-litre engine has more power the previous models and overall theres a higher specification level throughout the range.”
The extra-length Ertiga also has what its maker describes as ”an imposing new front design and stylish rear lights”. The radiator grille assembly is bolder, the ‘S’ Suzuki badge is proudly bigger, and the headlight assemblies are larger.
The lower air intake is also significantly larger than before, with a deep air intake to complete the bold front design. The tail-light assemblies are also larger.
WHEELBASE THE SAME
The new Ertiga has been stretched by 13cm to close to 4.40m long and the roof is minimally higher (5mm) to give an external height of 1.69m. An extra 40mm of width, in effect, ”translates almost directly into more shoulder room for all three rows of seats”.
The wheelbase is still 2.74m.
The two rear seat assemblies and the front passengerr seat can each fold separately or all together to create space to carry almost anything and a load volume almost three metres long (front seat folded).
The luggage compartment volume is about 200 litres and its floor can be set for two heights and all the folding seats have a metal plate behind the upholstery.
Venter again: “We believe a true seven-seater must comfortably accommodate two adults in the third row – provided they are no taller than 1.75.”
The middle row can tilt ‘n slide forward to allow entry to the third row; another plus (GL model) is a second aircon unit at the back. Pop in to your nearest Suzuki dealer for a full demo of the seating and luggage variations.
Child-seat anchors are provided, as is reversing radar.
And on to the driving stuff: a new instrument cluster with chromed bezels and a multi-information trip-data display. The GL’s steering-wheel also has chromed highlights and steering controls and all models will have a flat-bottomed, height-adjustable steering-wheel.
The audio system includes a radio and USB and Bluetooth connectivity; the facia also has what Suzuki believes is a a ”unique” money bin for coins AND notes and a cellphone tray that includes a charging point (a second one is fitted behind the front seats).
Less obvious are new double door-seals, moulded noise-absorbing roof lining and more floor and doors insulation. ”It’s one of the quietest cabins in its class,” Suzuki proudly adds.
Suzuki has also thought about pedestrians: there are impact-absorbing structures in the front bumper, the screen wipers and the bonnet to at least partly accept the weight of an airborne human – in line with the European NCAP programme.
Each of the three models will be powered by a new 1.5-litre petrol engine capable of 77kW / 138Nm at 4400rpm and a five-speed manual or four-speed auto.
Three versions of the Suzuki Ertiga will eventually be available – two of them from launch. Each will be delivered with Suzuki’s promotional 200 000km or five-year mechanical warranty and a four-year or 60 000km service plan.
The first two models are the Suzuki Ertiga 1.5 GA manual and 1.5 GL manual. The auto will arrive in due course…
2019 Suzuki Ertiga GA – R214 900
2019 Suzuki GL – R239 900
2019 Suzuki Ertiga GL a/t – R254 900