Suzuki Auto Philippines revealed in April the facelifted version of its Ertiga multi-purpose vehicle on its official website.
This model, which was launched at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in August 2015, has been given mostly cosmetic upgrades, starting with the more prominent chrome front grill and more pronounced lower front bumper that features chrome accents above the fog lights. Although the side profile remains unchanged, the facelift includes new 15-inch alloy wheels (available only on the midrange GL and top-specification GLX models). At the rear, the revised Ertiga gets a new chrome tailgate garnish and a more squared off bumper.
Android-based GPS navigation, push-starter in GLX
Inside, changes are more substantial with convenience features taken from the Ertiga’s sedan sibling, the Ciaz. Most notable is the new touchscreen infotainment system for the GL and GLX, with the latter’s unit getting an Android operating system with mirror-link capability for smartphones.
In terms of safety, all Ertigas now come standard with driver and passenger airbags. However, the new GL bizarrely loses the anti-lock braking system that was standard on the old GL, while the system continues to be unavailable in the GA.
Small power boost for 1.4 engine
All Ertigas are powered by the same 1.4-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve inline-four from the pre-facelift model, but this power plant gets an additional three horsepower for a power output of 98 horsepower, while torque remains at 130 Newton-meters. This can be paired to either a five-speed manual transmission (MT) in the GA and GL or a four-speed automatic transmission (AT) in the GL and GLX.
The update has led to a substantial price increase for the Ertiga, with the range starting at P665,000 for the GA MT, followed by the GL MT and GL AT at P759,000 and P799,000, respectively, and the GLX AT now worth P918,000. As of press time, Suzuki Philippines has not said when the updated Ertiga will be launched or when official sales begin.