Japan's small-vehicle specialist Suzuki has unveiled a new pint-sized seven-seater called the Ertiga that is being considered for Australia.
Suzuki Australia representatives are in India this week to investigate the Ertiga's potential for the local market.
The new Ertiga has been developed by Suzuki and its Indian partner Maruti, who together form Maruti Suzuki – India's biggest car maker.
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was presented at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo alongside the company’s new XA-Alpha concept that looks set to become a new SUV to sit between the Jimny and Grand Vitara models.
“It’s a bit of a different market in India but we are working closely with Maruti to see any potential [products] for Australia,” Andrew Moore, Suzuki Australia’s national marketing manager, told CarAdvice. “Ertiga is one we are looking at.
“It is a fact-finding mission to see the [Ertiga’s] specifications and so forth.”
The Ertiga is tiny by people-mover standards. It’s just 4265mm long, making it shorter even than its most obvious rival – the Kia Rondo 7 that is still relatively compact at 4545mm.
The Rondo 7, powered by a 106kW 2.0-litre petrol engine, starts at $25,990 to be the most affordable people-mover currently on sale in Australia.
It sits on an extended Suzuki Swift platform and its 2740mm wheelbase is actually 40mm longer than the Rondo’s, which should help interior space.
The three-row interior is set up in the traditional 2x3x2 configuration and Suzuki says flexible seating allows Ertiga owners to balance luggage and people space.
“Each row of the car has been designed keeping in mind the occupants seating requirements; whether for an individual's day-to-day business commitments or for a family's weekend shopping, dining or weekend drives," says Maruti Suzuki's press release.
On sale in India from late March, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will come with a choice of petrol or diesel engines.
The petrol is a debut: a new 1.4-litre variable valve timing four-cylinder with 70kW of power and 130Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.2L/100km according to the Indian fuel cycle.
Opt for the turbo diesel, and the 1.3-litre DDiS engine provides 66kW of power and 200Nm of torque, with official Indian fuel economy of 4.8L/100km.