Suzuki is preparing a crossover based on the new Ertiga

Suzuki is preparing a crossover based on the new Ertiga

January 25, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

Off-road modification of the Suzuki compact van will hit the market by the end of this year. The brand plans to sell 30,000 such cars a year.

Rumors that the second-generation Ertiga will have a cross-version appeared before the standard compact van was introduced: the model debuted in the spring of 2018, and the crossover was started in 2017. The first market for the usual new compact van was Indonesia, where they sell local assembly cars. Residents of this country will be the first to receive the “off-road” modification: they posted a fragment from the report of the local Suzuki office, sent to the headquarters of the company, on the Web. The document states that by the end of 2019 a certain SUV based on Ertiga will be presented, and the planned sales volume of such a car will be 30,000 units per year.

It is unlikely that Suzuki will decide on a completely new model – it would be too expensive. Most likely, the brand is preparing for the premiere of a car with a standard set for such modifications: Ertiga will have an unpainted plastic body kit around the perimeter of the body, and can install roof rails on the roof. Also, it is possible that the new version will increase the ground clearance (in the base compact van, it is 180 mm). The interior will differ only in a decor.

The crossover engine will also get from the usual Ertiga – in Indonesia, the compact van is available with a new 1.5-liter K15B gasoline engine with 104 hp capacity. (138 Nm), which is paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is not and, apparently, will not.

Recall that the new Suzuki Ertiga is built on the Heartect platform, this platform also underlies the Baleno, Ignis and the last Swift (the former Ertiga is based on the old Swift chassis). With the change of generations, the length of the monobody grew by 99 mm and reached 4395 mm, the distance between the axes did not change – 2740 mm. The model is offered with a seven-seater salon.

The cross-version should help Ertiga reduce the distance to its main rival in the Indonesian market – the Mitsubishi Xpander compact van (length – 4475 mm, wheelbase – 2775 mm), which looks like a crossover, and the ground clearance of the Xpander is greater than many modern SUVs (205 mm). Sales of the usual new generation Suzuki van in Indonesia started in May, in the eight months of 2018, 20,879 customers chose the model. Over the same period, the brutal Xpander gained 46,006 owners there. The price of a standard new Ertiga starts at 196 million Indonesian rupees. Mitsubishi Xpander will cost at least 204.1 million rupees.

Meanwhile, it became known earlier that Suzuki Ertiga may also have a “luxurious” six-seater version with a “sport” design. This version will be designed mainly for India.