If you drive on northbound EDSA, you may have seen a new billboard in the Guadalupe area that shows the Suzuki Ertiga, with just a simple word accompanying it: SOON. Obviously, this means Suzuki Philippines is soon launching the compact MPV, which is based on an extended Swift platform.
Sold and marketed in India and Indonesia by Maruti Suzuki as the LUV--or "Life Utilty Vehicle"--the Ertiga is a five-door MPV that has three rows accommodating seven passengers. Expect it to be positioned against the likes of the Toyota Avanza and, to some extent, the newly introduced Ford EcoSport.
In India, the Ertiga is available with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine and a 1.3-liter diesel powerplant. No word yet on which power unit Suzuki Philippines will be bringing in--or whether both engines will be offered. (See engine specs at the bottom.) Suzuki claims that the Ertiga yields 16.02km/L with the petrol engine and 20.77km/L with the diesel. The official specs sheet indicates both engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
If you were to purchase this vehicle, which of the two engines would you prefer?