JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Suzuki, a brand that has soared in sales over the past few months, has now created a market for seven-seat luxury vehicles costing less than R300 000 – the Suzuki Ertiga GLX model. And the image above shows the kind of lifestyle the automaker envisages;
There’s a choice of a manual (R267 900) or auto (R282 900) gearbox but the Ertiga, its maker says, ”offers a range of luxuries not common in the sub-R300 000 MPV market.”
The GLX has all the features of the Ertiga GL but adds a number of styling and luxury features intended, Suzuki says, ”to make it stand out from the range and other seven-seat vehicles in its category”.
YAY, MUDFLAPS HAVE COMETH
The GLX shell carries high-quality chrome on the door releases and rear, the latter discreetly hiding a new reversing camera. ”The gloss,” Suzuki says, ”from these additional trim pieces is mirrored in the new 15” alloy wheel-rims to replace the steel and hubcap combination of the GA and GL models.”
Front and rear mudflaps and front foul-weather lights have also been added, the latter in the lower side-intakes, while the tail now has a curved diode light strip to complement the diode combination lamps – ”a unique rear visual signature,” Suzuki says, ”to this GLX model”.
Wood-grain cabin trim is another indication of the interior’s upgrade: other additions include a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a new centre console box that doubles as a central armrest for the driver and front passenger.
The Ertiga GLX comes with remote central-locking combined with keyless access and a start/stop button. It also, Suzuki says, replaces the standard aircon system that includes auto temperature control, and the central stack, which in other models houses the radio, USB and Bluetooth set-up, is replaced by a 19cm touch-screen infotainment system which lets the driver control all infotainment functions via the touch-sensitive screen or voice commands.
It will work with the latest version of Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto: smartphone owners will be able to mirror their phone screen and much of its functionality on the infotainment system.
It also allows the use of features such as Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri without the need to touch or unlock the phone.
Suzuki has also added a second, 10.6 cm, colour multi-info display in the instrument cluster to show driving information such as instantaneous and average fuel consumption, driving range, power and torque delivery, fuel consumption, and average speed for the current driving cycle.
Also standard are anti-lock brakes, two front crash impact mitigation bags, and Suzuki’s ultra-rigid TECT platform (read chassis) which was designed to disperse energy via ”dispersion channels” and crumple zones.
Side-impact bars are behind the lining of each of the four doors.
The GLX model will share its siblings’ new K15B engine, also used on the new Suzuki Jimny. This 1.5 litre, quad-valve, four-cylinder petrol engine has a maximum output of 77kW at 6000rpm and 138Nm at 4400rpm. Auto and manual models each 6.2 litres/100km in a combined cycle.
The Ertiga GLX will be available later this month (September 2019) from Suzuki dealers across South Africa and be delivered with an extended four-year or 60 000km service plan and will include Suzuki’s promotional five-year or 200 000km mechanical warranty. Prices when announced.
The Ertiga range now offers the following models:
Ertiga 1.5 GA
Ertiga 1.5 GL
Ertiga 1.5 GL a/t
Ertiga 1.5 GLX
Ertiga 1.5 GLX a/t