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Ergo! Here comes Suzuki’s simplified Ertiga range

HANDSOME LILTTLE GUY: The revised spacious Suzuki Ertiga has a whole new look. Image: Suzuki

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – It’s “More For Less” in typical Suzuki fashion as the Ertiga range receives additional safety specifications in a more simplified, but better specified, line-up.

Brendon Carpenter, Suzuki SA’s brand marketing manager, saidince launching the Ertiga in 2019, we have heard from Suzuki families and fleet customers that they value the same features: safety, comfort and entertainment.

PUTTING ON A BRAVE FACE: The Ertiga certainly makes the most of its grille. Image: Suzuki SA

“We have also realised that the current economic climate places a lot of pressure on the types of families and businesses that would buy an Ertiga. And so, we decided to simplify the range and upgrade the specifications of the remaining models,” says

THREE MODELS REMAIN

At the heart of the model changes is a decision to discontinue the luxury Ertiga GLX-range (in both automatic and manual models). This means that three models remain, the Ertiga GA five-speed manual, and the Ertiga GL with the choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

As before, all Ertiga models are fitted with Suzuki’s frugal 1.5 litre petrol engine that delivers 77kW/138Nm.

The long wheelbase – 2.74m of it – and seven seats remain, as does the extremely rigid, but light, body structure.

GA – THE BUDGET VERSION

THE ERTIGA GA continues as the entry seven-seater and but also has stability control and rear parking sensors as standard.

All units will also have two front crash mitigation bags, anti-lock brakes, and IsoFix anchor points for child seats.

INFORMATON CENTRE: The new version of the Ertiga tells the driver everything he/she needs to know. Image: Suzuki SA

Also standard on the GA model – and across the range – are power windows and power steering, air-con, central locking, halogen headlights with diode combination tail-lights and a 12V charging socket in the front centre console.

GL – THE NEW LUXURY MODEL

YOU’LL FIND rationalisation of the GLX and GL units in manual and auto versions with many of the styling features and interior luxuries of this range.

However, styling additions to the GL range include new 15” alloy wheel rims, chromed detailing on the grille while body-coloured exterior mirrors and door releases are retained. The mirrors are power-adjustable and foldable.

The Ertiga GL’s specification has improvd significantly – gone is the standard radio; in its stead is a new, full-colour, 19cm touchscreen infotainment system for Apple and Android which has let Suzuki add a reversing camera and a multi-functional steering-wheel with Bluetooth controls for hands-free dialling.

CENTRAL LOCKING, TOO

There’s also cruise control with control buttons on the steering wheel and the GL has a significant bump in luxury over the GA with a centre armrest a storage box between the front seats, and aircon vents for the rear seats.

Remote central locking and 50:50 split rearmost bench come too, along with an auto function for the driver’s electric window controls and a 12V charging socket for rear passengers.

Finally, Suzuki has added hill-hold on the four-speed auto to the GL model to make it to the flagship of the range.

All units will be delivered with Suzuki’s promotional 200 000km or five-year mechanical warranty and four-year or 60 000km (wcf) service plan.

GET OUT THERE: The Ertiga is primed by its facelift to be an excellent family car. Image: Suzuki SA

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