Suzuki unveiled the Ignis for Europe at the 2016 Paris Motor Show as its new global compact crossover. Being a global product, it is destined for several key markets including India. Speaking of the local market, Maruti Suzuki will position the Ignis below the Vitara Brezza as their new compact crossover.
Coming back to the European-spec Ignis, the vehicle is just 3.7m long and weighs 810kg, thanks to a new platform that targets lightness and rigidity. In terms of design, the Ignis gets a distinctive front face that integrates the LED headlamps and the strong lines of the front grille. It also inherits the first-generation Cervo’s (SC100 Whizzkid ) slit-like ‘C’ pillar design cues and also the Swift’s blacked out ‘A’ and ‘B’ pillar design.
Inside, standard equipment for all Ignis variants include six airbags, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, 15-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors and front electric windows. The top-spec variants, meanwhile, add navigation, rear view camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, wheel arch extensions, keyless entry and individually sliding rear seats.
The Ignis is powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol motor that was first introduced in the Swift in 2014. The 90bhp engine features Suzuki’s SHVS mild hybrid system for select variants. Rather interestingly, the Ignis also gets an all-wheel drive system which will be given a miss for the Indian market.
Prices for the Suzuki Ignis in the UK range between £9,999 (Rs 8.66 lakh) and £13,999 (Rs 12.13 lakh). The crossover is available in up to six variants with manual, AMT and AWD configurations.