It has been confirmed that the Indonesian market will get their crossover version of the Ertiga by the year-end. It has been codenamed YHB.
Even though not officially confirmed, it is known for sure that the new Ertiga-based crossover is going to make debut in Indonesia due to the leakage of the secret document. In this document which is likely to be the planning report sent from the Indonesian office to Suzuki’s headquarter, it is stated that, “Around the end of 2019, we are going to introduce New SUV derived from All-New Ertiga with sales plan of 30,000 units.”
It is not the first time the idea of Indonesia Ertiga cross bopped up. Later in 2018, a leaked image has been circulating around the internet, hinting the upcoming of an Ertiga-based crossover. If launched, this vehicle will be a fierce competitor against Mitsubishi Xpander and Honda BR-V in Indonesia market.
The leaked document has confirmed the coming of new Ertiga-based unit. Source: indianautosblog.com
As a crossover, the YHB will be added with plastic body cladding, faux skid plates and possibly larger alloy wheels. To create its own identity, Suzuki might give it a different interior colour and upholstery that might come in line with its strong exterior representation. It might feature a higher ground clearance.
Under the hood, it is likely that Ertiga-based cross will bring out the same powertrain setting. The petrol version might get the 1.5-litre K15B motor while the diesel variant will be powered by an in-house built 1.5-litre unit.
From India’s part, the new Ertiga will be distributed through two retail outlets, Arena and NEXA, in which the former will sell the standard version while the premium showrooms of NEXA will take care of the top-spec variant. The Ertiga sold under NEXA’s dealership will come with more advanced comfort features and especially, bigger seating capacity of six seats.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will be sold in both the standard Arena showrooms and premium NEXA outlets
The second-generation Ertiga is selling well in the Indian market. However, there is yet any clue on the Indian launch of the Ertiga cross. While the MPV segment is in high demand in Indonesia, it is not as popular in India.