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If you’re an automotive enthusiast in Indonesia, you would definitely know of the market love for the Multipurpose Vehicle or MPV segment that dominates the sales figures in the country. While several automobile manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda, Daihatsu, Suzuki, Datsun etc. control a fair share of the Indonesian market, there are several other honorable mentions in the particular segment. One such vehicle is the Mazda VX-1, which is a sister model of the already popular Suzuki Ertiga. In the same vein as Toyota and Daihatsu, who have co-released several models that they happen to share, the Mazda VX-1 too is pretty much the same as the new Ertiga albeit with a Mazda emblem.
The Mazda VX1 is offered in a choice of five luxury trims that are all powered by a 1.4-litre K-Series 4-cylinder petrol engine and are supplied with a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The petrol powered engine provides a respectable 94 bhp @ 6000 rpm with an added torque of 130 nm @ 4000 rpm. The MPV segment’s popularity in Indonesia is not just attributed to its higher passenger capacity but also the brilliant fuel economy that they provide. In a similar vein, the VX1’s petrol mill has been equipped with an electronic multi-point fuel injection system that results in more miles per litre. Although the automatic transmission version will certainly provide a much higher fuel economy in heavy traffic as compared to the manual gearbox, which will be preferred by people who drive longer routes.
Although the VX1’s exterior while not new to the market, are certainly different from Ertiga. With the latest facelift, the vehicle has been presented with a brand new chrome front grille, that looks much suited to the slanting headlamps retained from the Ertiga. Coming to the vehicle’s dimensions it stands 1658 mm tall and 4265 mm long. The vehicle has a decent overall width of 1695 mm and a wheelbase of 1480 mm that ensures a stable and well balanced ride. The ground clearance is also a neat 185 mm that makes the VX1 perfect for bumpy roads. Other body modifications such as rear windshield wipers and turn-indicator ORVMs are also offered on higher trims.
Being an entry level MPV, do not expect the VX1 to be feature heavy. But, regardless of its segment, the manufacturers have certainly worked hard to present the buyers with highly sophisticated interiors. The dashboard is presented in a dual tone with grey and tan that makes the front cabin appear spacious and provides an upmarket feel. The computer controlled display looks pretty neat and is offered as standard across all variants. Other features such as keyless entry, air conditioning and auto-down power window for driver also come as standard. Higher trims also feature some advanced controls such as multifunction steering, height-adjustable seats and leather upholstery. The audio system too is pretty decent and has support for USB and AUX connections and has 6-speakers that provide a crisp and clear sound.
Coming to passenger safety, Mazda motors have equipped the VX1 with several state-of-the art safety features such as SRS airbags, Anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution, 3-Point ELR seatbelts, side impact beams and a height adjustable steering column. The vehicle is additionally built on a highly rigid frame that has intelligently placed crumple zones that do an excellent job at distributing the force of impact without harming the occupants. Its large body and wide wheelbase also ensures maximum stability and negates the possibility of a rollover.
All in all, the latest Mazda VX1 is definitely a strong contender in the Indonesian market. It is equipped with all the knick knacks that any good family vehicle should have and should certainly be able to please the Indonesian populace with its features and price.