Hopefully, ASMC would bring this "bigger" (mini-mpv in US dimensions) model over to supplement the Suzuki USDM line...If I was Suzuki, I'd market this as the Swift Wagon R (with a refined/existing 2.0L J20B) in the US.
In the article, it mentions the R3 platform was based on the stretched Splash/Swift/SX4 platform. They could also reference it as a derivative of the Kizashi platform (in turn, also derived from a stretched Swift platform, as claimed in some Kizashi web articles).
----Most revealing shot of Suzuki R3 or Ertiga MPV and info on Indonesia’s spec
The latest news suzukifan got this week is Suzuki MPV codename R III will be called the Ertiga.Tiga is mean 3 in Indeonesia and add E in front of R for easy to pronounce.It’s is front wheel drive passenger car based designedto appeal to families that looking for an ideal blend of everyday usability and space for 7-8 people.It’s base from Splash/Swift/SX4 platform and stretched the wheelbase to 2740mm total length is report at 4265mm.
Engine is allnew K14 petrol 1372cc VVT 95bhp and around 140 newton meter. a diesel engine, the same Fiat-designed, 1.3-litre Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT)-equipped 89bhp DDiS motor from the SX4 will be aviable for India market.
According to the vendor source,Maruti is plans to order a lot of volume for the car.not only for domastic market but also import to Europe.The car will start sell around Q2 of 2012.
Suzuki Ertiga in Indonesia
Source from Kompas of Indonesia report that Ertiga in Indonesian market has design rear lights and front a little different from that in India and dimension will larger than Avanza but slightly smaller than the Nissan Livina.The carwill not replace slow selling APV because Suzuki plans to run together in this segment.
Interesting that The Indonesia version will not import most of part from India but it will import most part from Japan.The car should launch in themiddle of 2012 and will compete with most selling car in Indonesia,Daihatsu-Toyota Avanza-Xenia that will launch second generation at late 2011.http://suzukifan.com/
Other pics from a past Suzukifan R3 article:The most revealed and undisguided spyshot of Suzuki R3 MPV
Autobild India have given us the most reveal leaked images of Suzuki R3 MPV that shot without a camouflage that give us more glimes than other images that have been post before.What Suzuki fan see is the oversize headlight/tailight than what we see in earlier shot.The front mask that said to be lift from Splash but when we see the undisguided shot we see a combination of Swift and Splash.Inside,The console is lift from Swift which give Suzuki a lower cost to produce it.
In mechanical term.Platform is share with Splash and MK4 Swift but extent wheelbase from 2360mm/2390 mm to around 27xx mm. for accommodate 7 seat. engine will start with 1.4 liter 92 hp 130 Nm of torque and 90 hp 1.3 liter DDIS diesel for indian version.While Indonesia version will get bigger petrol.
Arrival date in India is at end of 2011 or January 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.