Manufactured by Suzuki Motors, the Ertiga Dreza is the latest variant of their popular line of MPVs in the Indonesian automobile market. The anticipation for the Dreza had been high ever since it was spotted being tested on the road and later showed up at an authorised Suzuki dealership in Jakarta. With its official launch on the 7th of January by Suzuki Indonesia Sales, the Ertiga Dreza was warmly received by the Indonesian buyers, as the demand for minivans is currently high in the Indonesian Automotive Industry. Being a sportier version of the standard Suzuki Ertiga, the Dreza receives several new updates such as a brand new face and design changes that sets it apart from its precursor. It is offered in two variants the standard Ertiga Dreza and the Ertiga Dreza GS and features a totally new body that is much larger than the old Suzuki Ertiga. It gets a totally redesigned front end, with a black grille and radiator mesh with chrome highlights. The slanting headlamps are also powered by Daytime running lights and the specially designed fog lamp compartments that flow seamlessly with the vehicle’s exteriors. The rear end too has been revamped with a brand new bumper and a spoiler with stop light and the Dreza emblem.
On the inside, the Ertiga Dreza feels like a totally new car with its dual-tone interiors and a marvellous looking centre console with a 9-inch display. The seats too are covered with upholstery made of high grade fabric, and wooden finish on the instrument panel gives a definitive feel of luxury. As the body is larger than the older model, it also feels extremely spacious and can easily seat around 7-8 people with decent room for luggage. Talking about Dreza’s engine, it is the same 1.4-litre K-series engine that is available in a choice between a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Being a mid-priced multi-purpose vehicle, the Dreza is also equipped with several safety features such as Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution along with front Airbags that come as standard across all variants. The GS variants are supplied with dual SRS airbags, 7 seatbelts and a side impact beam that ensures maximum passenger and driver safety.
As the new Dreza is only offered with a choice of a 1.4-litre petrol engine, it claims to provide a marvellous fuel economy suited for a family vehicle that has to see a lot of city and highway traffic. Offered with a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission, the Dreza minivan claims 17.5 kmpl of mileage with the manual and 20 kmpl with the automatic transmission. Belonging to Suzuki’s signature ‘K-Series’ brand of internal combustion engines, Dreza provides a much better fuel economy as compared to other vehicles in its class while keeping the emissions to a bare minimum.
The Ertiga Dreza shares the same drivetrain as the standard Ertiga and is not offered with a diesel variant currently. The Dreza uses a 1.4-litre ‘K Series’ engine with a choice between an automatic and manual transmission. It churns out 95 bhp @6000 rpm and 130 Nm torque @4000 rpm. Although, the engine is not even close to the heavier engines offered by its competitors such as Honda and Toyota, it clearly outshines in terms of its excellent performance and fuel consumption.
Although the Dreza is essentially an offshoot of the Ertiga MPV, its larger body size and design changes makes it totally distinguishable from the older model. The designers at Suzuki Motors have certainly worked hard to provide a fresh feel to the MPV and have presented it with a new face. The black coloured front grille and the radiator cover is highlighted with Chrome. The 17-inch, 5-spoke alloys are totally unlike anything featured on a Suzuki vehicle before and look totally awesome with the chrome sidestep. The brooding yet fierce looking headlamps also provides a refreshing look and can work in daytime thanks to the integrated LED technology. Being a vehicle in the MPV segment, Suzuki Motors has kept things as simple as they could with the chrome highlights adding a dash of elegance to the Dreza’s exterior. It is also larger than the older Ertiga model that doesn’t appear bulky due to the smooth curves employed in the vehicle’s design. The standard version is offered with a choice of 3 colours namely White, Black and Grey whereas special Violet shade seen at its launch is offered only with the Dreza GS variants.
The overall length of Ertiga Dreza is 4265 mm, making it slightly longer than most MPVs in its class. It is 1695 mm wide and measures at 1685 mm in height providing it a decent headroom and legroom. The 2740 mm wheelbase also provides the Dreza with a decent amount of cabin space and efficient handling.
The interiors of the Dreza certainly look much posh than its competitors with brand new double-tone upholstery that is offered in a choice of 2 colours. The cars large exteriors provide an enormously spacious cabin that has a mind-blowing touchscreen-integrated infotainment system. A start/stop button for the engine eliminates the need for a key and also makes the minivan feel a little upmarket for its price. The third row seats can be folded in a 50/50 split to make more boot space. It also features power foldable and adjustable outside rear view mirrors and power window panel for the driver. The infotainment console also has a navigation system and is powered by Smartplay technology. The steering wheel too has integrated controls and Bluetooth connectivity making the Dreza much more feature-heavy than most other MPVS in its class. The rear windscreen is also fitted with a wiper and defogger making it the only minivan in the segment to provide such extensive list of features.
The new Ertiga is provided with tonnes of comfort features such as a start/stop button, power windows on the front and a luxurious looking dashboard and front console that appears to be borrowed from the Ciaz. The Dreza will also receive a 4-speed automatic transmission making it the only automatic MPV in its class. The interiors in the new Ertiga Dreza are also much more comfortable and spacious due to the increased dimensions of the vehicle. The larger headroom and leg space makes riding in the Dreza a breeze, even on the longest of family excursions.
The gasoline variant is powered by the smart K-series engines that are known for their efficient fuel consumption and a decent power output. The Dreza is supplied with a 1.4-litre petrol engine that produces 95 bhp at 6000 rpm and 130 Nm of torque. There is also news of a diesel variant showing up in the future that will be a 1.3-litre DDiS200 drivetrain that churns out 90 bhp along with 200 Nm of torque. The integrated SHVS fuel injection system also improves the vehicle’s fuel consumption while keeping emission levels in check. There are also some speculations about a diesel hybrid that will use a large battery and a ‘Regenerative Braking’ system that charges the electric motor every time you apply the brakes.
Despite being at a price under Rp 400 million, the Suzuki Ertiga Dreza gets its comfort and luxury straight from the lines of Suzuki Ciaz. The centre console also gets a SmartPlay infotainment console with a 9-inch touch screen panel with Aux, USB and Bluetooth connectivity along with a navigation system. The dashboard has in-built tweeters to ensure a crisp sound with all the minor frequencies audible to the listener. The multifunction steering wheel has integrated audio controls, which allows the drivers to change the playlist and control the volume without taking their hands off the wheel. The speaker units are also placed neatly in the front and rear that allow all the passengers to enjoy the music without losing out on the audio quality.
The Ertiga Drezza is also supplied with some neat looking 17-inch alloys that have a totally new 5-spoke design. The alloy wheels also provide a refreshing look to the vehicle’s side profile, which is the same as the older variant. The Dreza is also supplied with the same 185/65 R17 as the older Ertiga and the GS variants will be available with 205/55 R17 wheels.
Both the regular and GS variants will be supplied with rear drum brakes and ventilated disc brakes for the front. Anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution comes as standard for all the variants except the entry level ‘L’ trim.
Despite being priced lower than most MPVs in its competition, the Ertiga Dreza is supplied with tons of safety features making it one of the safest minivans in the Indonesian market. All the variants except the entry level ‘L’ trim get dual SRS airbags for driver and front passenger seats. All the seats including the ones on the rear are provided with seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters. Seat-belt warning signal, night vision inside rear-view mirror and fog lamps are also offered on all the trims other than ‘L’.