Suzuki has taken the wraps off of its new Ignis, a compact crossover that promises both style and functionality.
The model is based on the Japanese manufacturer’s lightweight and highly rigid new-generation platform, which is made up of lightweight and strong high-tensile steel and incorporates a newly designed suspension system. This reduces the car’s weight and makes for dynamic driving performance and excellent fuel efficiency.
Powered by a 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol powertrain, the Ignis features the Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SVHS) system.
The mild hybrid system uses an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) with an integrated power generator and electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack to leverage the electric motor’s torque assist and the system’s efficient power regeneration. This contributes to the model’s excellent fuel economy.
Wheels positioned in the extreme corners of the model accentuate its compactness, while Suzuki’s recognisable grille sits proudly between a pair of piercing LED headlamps. The model’s body can be stipulated in any of 14 colour options.
Thanks to clever engineering, the Ignis boasts a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. Being a crossover, it features a raised driving position that makes for good all-around visibility.
Also found in the cockpit is a host of equipment – a smartphone link system, radio, rear-view camera, and navigation function – which are all standard.
Finally, safety is accounted for by the most up-to-date technologies available on the market. Suzuki's Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) promises to provide a high level of collision safety, while Dual Camera Brake Support (DCBS) works to prevent collisions with both vehicles and pedestrians ahead.
Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show yesterday, the model is destined for the global market, with sales scheduled to begin first in Europe from January 2017.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.