Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the new Suzuki Ignis for Europe at the 2016 Paris Motor Show as its new global compact crossover and it clearly demonstrates convenience and comfort in a stylish new exterior. It exudes Suzuki DNA from every pore, while at the same time introducing an entirely new design with unique character.
In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,700mm long, the Suzuki Ignis features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. The development goal was to create compact crossover styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki.
Following on from the Baleno, the Ignis is the second model to feature under the ‘SUZUKI NEXT 100’ plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015. This involved Suzuki developing a new platform strategy for its future models which targets the reduction of weight and as a result, the Ignis has a kerb weight of just 810kg.
Design wise, there’s no mistaking the Ignis as anything other than a Suzuki. With short overhangs, unique rear quarter and distinctive front that integrates LED headlamps, the Ignis cuts a unique profile. Those with a keen eye for detail will note the Swift-like distinctive blacked out ‘A’ and ‘B’ pillar design.
Complementing the simple yet unique exterior design is an equally funky interior, which is not short on standard specification. A central dashboard arrangement houses an upper-level touchscreen infotainment system, while below that retro looking rocker-type switchgear are used for air-conditioning and auxiliary functions. The two-tone dashboard options as well as the splashes of colour, which depending on the choice of exterior colour, lifts the interior ambience and lends it a futuristic look. Interior accent colours will be available in orange or metallic titanium.
Suzuki’s decision to adopt a new platform strategy has paid off handsomely with regards to interior space. Courtesy of shrunken engine compartment, designers have maximised interior space available for passengers and luggage, and while the Ignis only measures a diminutive 3.7 in length, occupants might well presume they’re in something a lot larger with the ample head and legroom on offer for available for all five seats.
Considering its ambitions as a compact crossover, the Ignis is sure to appeal to small families who will rejoice at the 267-litres of boot space available (204-litres for ALLGRIP models featuring a rear differential). A sliding and folding rear seat is also fitted, giving the option of increased rear legroom or increased boot space, depending on the situation at hand.
Impressive Standard Spec
Standard equipment for all Ignis models in the range is comprehensive and includes six airbags, air conditioning, DAB radio with Bluetooth, 15-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors, front electric windows and five-seat capacity.
Middle specification models receive additional satellite navigation, rearview camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, wheel arch extensions and four seat capacity with individually sliding rear seats. While the top of the range specification further adds auto air conditioning, Dual Camera Brake Support, keyless entry and start, rear electric windows, and LED Headlights with daytime running lights and front fog lamps.
Colour options for the Ignis will include one solid colour, five optional metallic colours and five two-tone colours which feature a Super Pearl Black Metallic roof.
1.2-litre DualJet Engine
Powering the Ignis is a 1.2-litre DualJet (K12C) four-cylinder petrol engine which generates 67 kW and 120 Nm of torque at 4 400 rpm. In two-wheel drive models, power is sent to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.
4WD (ALLGRIP Auto)
Unconfirmed for South Africa, yet available in other markets is an Ignis ALLGRIP four-wheel drive model featuring a simple and fully automatic permanent four-wheel drive layout which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling.
Additional complementary systems to the ALLGRIP system includes Hill Descent Control and Grip Control. Grip Control activates on slippery surfaces at speeds of less than 30kph. Once switched on by the driver, it focuses torque on the driven wheels that have grip and will quickly apply braking to the wheel that is spinning.