As we approach the end of the year, we welcome Proton Holdings Sdn Bhd’s fourth and final new model launch for 2016, the Proton Ertiga. The name of Proton’s B-segment SUV is derived from the Artiga Concept but here it stands for “three rows” and coincidentally, there are three variants to choose from.
Although it’s an all-new model from Proton, the Proton Ertiga is essentially a rebadged Suzuki Ertiga. As such, underpinning the Ertiga is a stretched Suzuki platform that measures 4,265mm in length, 1,695mm in width, 1,685mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,740mm.
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1,373cc; DOHC with VVT, timing chain, multi-point injection (MPI)
91 hp @ 6,000 rpm
130 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
In the MoU signed by Proton and Suzuki last year, Proton will not be making any major aesthetic or mechanical changes to the Ertiga. As such, what you see on the Suzuki model is what you get on the Proton. Fortunately, the rebadged Ertiga is the latest facelifted model from Suzuki therefore the Proton Ertiga would stay fresh and relevant in the market for years to come.
Starting from the top of the line Executive+, the Ertiga features halogen reflector headlamps with manual levelling, front and rear fog lamps, halogen combination tail lamps, chrome fog lamp garnish, and powered folding wing mirrors with integrated turn signal. The reflective plates that extend from the tail lamps are unique to the Proton model.
Moving down, both the lower spec Ertiga models get a black fog lamp garnish and manual folding wing mirrors. Regardless of variant, the Ertiga rides on 15-inch alloys wrapped in 185/65 R15 GT Radial Champiro Eco tyres.
At a glance, the interior of this six-seater MPV features a beige theme to portray a luxurious and spacious cabin ambience. As standard, all variants get fabric seats and door trims, urethane steering wheel, 2-DIN infotainment system with four speakers, two power sockets, and second row air conditioning. Executive+ variant adds steering wheel audio switches, driver’s seat height adjuster, and extra two speakers.
With three rows of seats being the highlight, the second row splits 60:40, and they feature a one-touch tumble and slide mechanism for easy access to the third row. Meanwhile, the third row seats split and fold 50:50. With the second and third row seats folded down, the Ertiga swallows up to 735 litres of cargo!
Tasked with moving the sub-1,200kg MPV is the familiar K14B 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated MPI four-cylinder found in the third-generation Suzuki Swift that is good for 91 hp and 130 Nm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.
Fuel consumption on the Ertiga is rated at 5.7L/100km for the manual and 6.0L/100km for the slush box, which qualifies the mini MPV for EEV status. A combination of ventilated disc (front) and drum brakes (rear) are employed to stop this family mover.
The Ertiga boasts a 4-Star ASEAN NCAP crash safety rating thanks to dual airbags, ABS with BA, EBD and ISOFIX mounting points.
The Proton Ertiga can be had in four colours – Solid White, Carnelian Brown, Fluorite Silver and Ruby Red Metallic. Interested parties can now head to the nearest Proton Edar outlet for viewing and test drive, and as with all Proton cars, the Ertiga also comes with a 5-Year warranty coverage.
What do you think of Proton’s rebadged people mover, dear readers? Reckon that it can take on the likes of Perodua Alza, Toyota Sienta and Honda BR-V? In the meantime, do check out our first impressions of the Proton Ertiga for more insights into your next possible purchase!