Suzuki’s new Ignis compact crossover on the way

The new Suzuki Ignis compact crossover model goes on sale here in January.

It will be available in SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5 grades; and priced from £9,999 for SZ3, £11,499 for SZ-T and £12,999 for SZ5 with two wheel drive.

It will be powered by a 90hp 1.2-litre four cylinder Dualjet engine that offers CO2 emissions of 104g/km and combined fuel consumption of 61.4mpg.

Available with Suzuki’s own SHVS mild hybrid system (smart hybrid ), it offers the latest technology with CO2 emissions of 97g/km and combined fuel consumption of 65.7mpg.

It will be available in 11 colours with full personalisation options available for both exterior and interior trim. It is available in one solid colour, five optional metallic colours and five two tone colours whereby the roof colour on all is Super Pearl Black Metallic.

Six airbags, air conditioning, DAB radio and Bluetooth are fitted as standard on all Ignis models. The SZ-T adds sliding rear seats, satellite navigation, rear view camera, wheel arch extensions, side mouldings and roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The SZ5 adds auto air conditioning, LED headlights with LED DRL, dual camera brake Ssupport and cruise control. The SZ5 is also available with all grip ‘auto’ 4WD system. Suzuki expects to sell 35,000 for Europe.

Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the new Ignis for Europe at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October as its new global compact crossover. 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.

Suzuki says in addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size, the Ignis features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. It adds that the development goal was to create compact crossover styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki.

Under the Suzuki Next 100 plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Suzuki developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the Ignis is the second model (following the Baleno ) with this new generation platform to be introduced in Europe.

This new platform targets the reduction of weight as well as further increased rigidity and the lightest Ignis model has a kerb weight of just 810kg.

The Ignis has an impressive body shape and it is further enhanced by its interior ambience. The round shape of its air-conditioning system’s panel and the advanced feel of its distinctive instrument cluster design combine to give the cabin environment a futuristic look.

Depending on the choice of exterior colour, orange and metallic titanium accent colours add an extra touch of quality to the cabin and help establish an active image that befits a crossover.

Suzuki first introduced its 1.2-litre Dualjet technology (K12C ) in 2014, initially in the Swift, and then utilised in the Baleno SHVS (smart hybrid vehicle by suzuki ) in June 2016. In summary, Dualjet incorporates Suzuki’s engine technology and uses twin fuel injectors for improved fuel economy. Dualjet design positions the fuel injectors very close to the engine inlet valves which allows for a finer fuel atomisation (or mixture ).

Available on the SZ5 manual model, the SHVS mild hybrid is a compact and lightweight unit that incorporates an integrated starter generator (known as ISG ) which acts as both a generator and starter motor, the ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking. The SHVS system only uses its conventional engine starter motor when first started from cold, under all other conditions it uses the ISG unit to allow smooth and quiet engine restarts.

The energy assistance provided during acceleration enables the SHVS to be known as a mild hybrid system which is ideally suited to a compact car and adds just 6.2kg to the overall weight. In the new IGNIS the SHVS system helps Suzuki reach a top class CO2 emissions figure of 97g/km plus achieve a fuel consumption figure of 65.7mpg on the EC combined cycle for the 2WD model.

The Ignis adopts Suzuki‘s total effective control technology (TECT ) concept that provides a high level of collision safety. Some of the features include collapsible structures that absorb impact energy in the event of a collision, a frame structure that effectively disperses impact energy, and rigid cabin structure.

The Ignis SZ3 model has a fixed rear seat and the luggage area has a capacity of 267 litres (VDA ) with the rear seat in its upright position. On SZ-T and SZ5 models the two individual rear seats can slide 165mm to provide either greater luggage capacity or more rear passenger leg room; additionally, the seat backrests have a two position recline function. The luggage capacity increases to 514 litres with both rear seats folded and can be as high as 1,100 litres if fully loaded to the roof line.

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