Suzuki is a Japanese carmaker synonymous with reliability, practicality and fun. The marque is a giant in the small car category and is well-known in the MPV segment as well. Today, the Ertiga has carried itself as the flagship vehicle of the brand for many good reasons and sits in a very good spot in the domestic car market – within the hearts of many Filipino families.
The Ertiga has always delivered a diverse mix of desirable traits well-suited for the family’s needs and it is only appropriate for Suzuki to keep it evolving. The second-generation model was introduced in the country at the beginning of 2019 and has been well-received. In fact, Suzuki managed a 34% market share in terms of sales for 2019 and the seven-seater Ertiga was a major contributor to this success.
Despite its attainability (currently priced between P738,000 to P993,000 across 8 variants), the Ertiga holds tremendous value as it showcases sophisticated styling, safety, comfort and functionality. These character traits satisfy strong ownership pride, retention and happiness for the whole family.
On the exterior, the Ertiga stands beautiful with a distinguished front fascia, flanked by more pronounced shoulder lines and an aerodynamic body that exudes an attractive, confident stance. The interior marries tasteful design, functionality and ergonomic comfort, intelligently creating room with modular seating for seven occupants while optimizing almost every bit of cargo space.
On the road, the Ertiga smoothly propels itself with the trusty 1.5-liter K15B engine with 103hp and 138Nm of torque, mated to four-speed automatic (for the GL and GLX) or five-speed manual gearboxes (for the GA and GL). Now paired with the brand’s HEARTECT monocoque chassis platform, the Ertiga has transformed into a more agile and dynamic family vehicle.
Peace of mind and safety are also key factors in the Ertiga’s evolution. Among these features are dual SRS airbags, a pedestrian injury-mitigating body design, reverse parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat anchors and a protective, high-tensile strength body courtesy of Suzuki’s TECT (Total Effective Control Technology). Anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution are also standard equipment.
The interior immediately captivates those who prefer darker tones. Also noticeable is the 10-inch floating infotainment touchscreen nicely centered on the dashboard. The contrasting glossy faux woodgrain accents found all around the cabin and flat-bottom steering wheel of the GLX variant definitely give a sense of elegant luxury, truly elevating the overall feel of a vehicle that remains below a million pesos.
Suzuki understands what many Filipinos look for in a practical family vehicle, especially with all the dangers and challenges we face in the ongoing global health crisis. The Ertiga wishes to envelop those we deeply care about in a mobile environment of comfort, safety, and convenience, still enabling us to create treasured memories of life on the road through these uncertain times. That’s evolution in the right direction.
This branded article was produced in partnership with Suzuki Philippines.