Published on November 24th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair0
Proton Launches the Ertiga – A Compact MPV with EEV Status for RM58,800
True to its commitment to launch 4 cars in the year 2016, PROTON Holdings Bhd officially launched Proton Ertiga at the Setia City Convention Centre, Setia Alam, Selangor. Proton Ertiga is the fourth and final model launched by PROTON for the year and the model was launched by YBhg Brigadier General (K) Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr) Haji Mohd Khamil Jamil, Chairman of DRB-HICOM.
Proton Ertiga is the first model introduced through PROTON’s collaboration with Suzuki Motor Corporation Japan. It comes in 2 variants – the Executive (manual [MT] and automatic [AT]); and Executive Plus (AT) transmissions respectively with prices starting from RM58,800 up to RM64,800 for Peninsular Malaysia.
“Proton Ertiga is Malaysia’s first compact MPV with Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) status accorded by the Malaysia Automotive Institute (“MAI”). The 6 seater people mover family car is fitted with the 1.4 VVT (variable valve timing) engine made from lightweight aluminium for both the variants. The multipoint powered injection enables economical fuel consumption at 5.7L/100km for the (MT) and 6.0L/100km for the (AT) based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) which combines both urban and extra urban cycles. Meanwhile, the drive-by-wire technology enhances the car’s performance in terms responsiveness,” said Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad Kenali, Chief Executive Officer of PROTON.
“One can feel Ertiga’s refinement which at a speed of 110km/h and at 2900 rpm, the engine seem to be fairly muted, and the good suppression of road and wind noise gives the car commendable drivability and significantly quieter noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) level,” continued Dato’ Fuaad.
He further added, “In response to the dynamic and demanding modern family lifestyles, the Proton Ertiga is not only fuel efficient, it also provides more space and comfort. The large 2nd row air conditioning vent ensures that cool air reaches the 3rd row seats which coupled with spacious headroom and legroom provide comfortable seats for 2 adults.
The one touch smart access lever on the 2nd row seats allows for convenient and easy access to the 3rd row. The foldable rear seats not only provide versatile seating arrangements, it also creates ample cabin space to transport oversized items especially when the 2nd and 3rd row seats are folded to provide a storage space of 735 litres.”
“In addition, the light and warm interior exudes luxury and spacious cabin ambience. The seats are of high grade quality fabric designed to be water resistant to ensure that they can be easily maintained to keep them in pristine condition,” stated Dato’ Fuaad.
In terms of dimension, Proton Ertiga is 4265mm long, 1695mm wide and 1685mm in height with a wheelbase of 2740mm. At 185mm ground clearance, it not only provides adequate buffer for cars going through rough terrain or humps but also provides elevated visibility for the driver. Coupled with its EEV status, the more than adequate fuel tank size of 45 litres affords longer driving distance.
Both variants have added comfort and convenience features such as sliding seats which promote ample space for the 3rd row seats, a 60:40 fold 2nd row seats, a 50:50 fold 3rd row seats, a 45 degree 2nd row seat recliner, 2nd row arm rest, headlamp levelling and 4-speakers sound system. Proton Ertiga also comes with electric steering with tilt adjustment, radio/CD/MP3 and USB/ iPod Jack.
The Executive Plus variant is further fitted with auto fold side mirrors, audio switches at the steering wheel, 2 tweeters, in addition to the 4 speakers, and back pockets for driver and front passenger seats, turn signal at the outside-rear-view-mirror (OSRVM) and driver seat height adjuster. In addition, the chromed finished inner door handle and fog lamp garnish as well as tinted film give it a more luxurious feel.
In terms of safety, both variants are accorded 4-star ASEAN NCAP rating and are equipped with various passive and active safety features such as the ISOFIX and top tether, 2 front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), power window auto-up and anti-trap (for driver’s side), front fog lamp, rear fog lamp and reverse sensors.
Proton Ertiga is now available for test drive and booking at all Proton Edar outlets nationwide. Experience the first compact MPV EEV in Malaysia with Proton Ertiga – Spacious ▪ Comfortable ▪ Economical.