The European-spec Suzuki Ignis will go on sale in Britain this January priced from £9999, marking the first time the mini crossover has been offered here for nine years.
Prices and specs
The entry price buys an SZ3 model, which comes as standard with six airbags, air-conditioning, a DAB radio with Bluetooth, 15in wheels and front electric windows, and room for five people. Above this sits SZ-T trim, which is priced from £11,499 and adds satellite navigation, a rear-view camera, 16in alloy wheels, roof rails, wheel arch extensions and swaps five fixed seats for four with rear sliding rear ones.
Top spec Ignis SZ5s gain climate control, Dual Camera Brake Support, keyless entry and start, rear electric windows, LED headlights with DRL and front foglights. Prices for the SZ5 start at £12,999.
Engines and gearboxes
The engine line-up is based the 89bhp 1.2-litre Dualjet engine, as used in the Baleno and Swift. An SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) version will also be available exclusively with SZ5 trim models. It uses an ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) with an integrated power generator and electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. The hybrid Ignis emits 97g/km of CO2 in its most efficient spec.
The Ignis will be offered with front-wheel drive as standard, with Allgrip four-wheel drive available as an option. For fuel efficiency, the Allgrip system sends 90% of power to the front axle through a viscous coupling in normal driving conditions.
Suzuki’s use of lightweight structures across its model range means that weight has been kept to a minimum; the Baleno weighs 905kg, and Suzuki confirmed that the Ignis weighs about the same. This should lead to ultra-low running costs, as is expected in the city car class.
We first saw the new Ignis at the 2015 Tokyo motor show, but the European-spec car that followed in 2016 is 10-15cm longer than its Japanese counterpart, which adheres to Japan’s strict 3.6m guidelines, although the floorplan remains the same. Revised bumper designs swallow up the added length, according to a source at Suzuki.