Suzuki launches second-generation Ertiga

2019-03-27 06:02
Suzuki has launched the second-generation Ertiga in South Africa. Photos:SUPPLIED

Suzuki has launched the second-generation Ertiga in South Africa. Photos:SUPPLIED

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WIDER, taller and longer – Suzuki’s new Ertiga is ready for everything that a busy family or active business can throw at it.

The second-generation Suzuki Ertiga arrived at dealers this month to a different world from its first-generation predecessor, which was launched globally in 2010.

Extended families are now more common, cellphone integration is a given and good ground clearance is a requirement.

“Our engineers and designers have worked hard to create an MPV that truly delivers on its paper promises.

“There is more space, and even adults can comfortably use the third row of seats. There is also more power from the new 1.5 litre engine and it sports a higher specification level throughout the range,” said André Venter, divisional manager for sales and marketing at Suzuki SA.

Exterior

The new Suzuki Ertiga is visibly longer and wider than its predecessor, with an imposing new front design and stylish rear lights.

The designers have added a darkened section to the C-pillar, similar to that of the Suzuki Swift, which creates the impression of a floating roof.

They have also added an integrated high-level brake light in the luggage door.

Interior

To create a truly practical seven-seat MPV, Suzuki has stretched the Ertiga by 130mm to 4 395mm, while lifting the roof by 5mm to give the vehicle a total height of 1 690mm.

The Ertiga is also 40mm wider, which translates almost directly into more shoulder room for passengers in all three rows of seats.

Despite the extra length and width, Suzuki has kept the wheelbase unchanged at 2 740mm, which means that the new Ertiga shares the turning circle of 5.2m with its predecessor. With the extra space available to them, Suzuki’s engineers set about creating a truly comfortable interior.

The dark cloth seats are both more supportive – thanks to a new seat spring design – and roomier and the second (60/40) and third row (50/50) of seats can fold flat to create flat storage of up to 2.8m with the front passenger seat also folded flat.

With the seats up, the luggage compartment offers 199 litres of storage space, with a load floor that can adjust to two different heights. With the seats down, the load space is more hard wearing and sturdier, thanks to metal plates in all the folding seatbacks.

Ultimately, the driver and passengers will benefit most from the extra space. “We believe that a true seven-seater has to comfortably accommodate adult passengers in the third row.

“With the deep floor, more hip space and larger shoulder room, an adult passenger of up to 1.75m will be seated comfortably, even on longer journeys,” said Venter.

The middle row has been redesigned to tilt and slide further forward and on the GL model there is a new roof-mounted second air conditioning unit for improved airflow.

Comfort features

In front, the driver has a new instrument cluster with chrome bezels and a multi-information trip display.

The steering wheel on GL models also features chrome highlights and steering controls, while all models benefit from the D-shaped steering wheel with height adjustment that allows for ease of getting in and out.

The instrument cluster is housed in an upright dashboard with integrated radio, with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. There is also a unique money bin and a special tray to store connected or charging phones.

In the lower section of the centre console, Suzuki has added two air-conditioned cup holders and a 12V charging socket, with a second charging socket behind the front seats.

Safety features

All Ertiga models are equipped with two airbags for front passengers and ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD). Suzuki has also added ISOFIX-approved seat anchors for child seats and a reverse parking sensor system for the GL model.

Lastly, all models feature an immobiliser and the GL specification level is also fitted with a security alarm.

New engine, more power

The all-new Suzuki Ertiga is equipped with Suzuki’s new K15B 1.5 litre petrol engine, which offers direct fuel injection and variable valve timing. The engine delivers more power and torque than the K14B engine it replaces, while still offering exceptional fuel economy.

In the Ertiga, the K15B engine delivers 77kW at 6 000rpm and 138Nm at 4 400rpm. The latter is available across a wider range of engine speed than before.

The new engine is mated to Suzuki’s well-known five-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic gearbox.

Both options feature a more refined shifting pattern with new knobs that are both easier to grip and to operate.

Model range

Three versions of the Suzuki Ertiga are available. All three models are sold with Suzuki’s promotional 200 000km/five-year mechanical warranty and a four- year/60 000km service plan.

The models available are:

Suzuki Ertiga 1.5 GA MT: R214 900

Suzuki Ertiga 1.5 GL MT: R239 900

Suzuki Ertiga 1.5 GL AT: R254 900

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