Suzuki has unveiled the Ignis at the Paris Motor Show as its new global compact crossover.
The design team set out to create 'purely iconic crossover styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki' and the new Ignis borrows elements from Suzukis of the past, including the first-generation Cervo (SC100) and first-generation Vitara, as well as the previous generation Swift.
The Ignis adopts a larger percentage of lightweight, high-tensile steel, reducing vehicle weight while maintaining rigidity. A new-generation platform maximises passenger and luggage space (up to 267 litres) whilst incorporating a newly designed suspension system that delivers ‘excellent handling’, says Suzuki.
Minimum ground clearance of 180mm ensures the Ignis can cope with rough surfaces, while also enabling a raised seat position for improved visibility at the wheel. The elevated seat position also contributes to the ease of entering and exiting the cabin.
Two stereo cameras monitor the distance between the vehicle and other objects, as well as the shape of those objects. This becomes the basis for three advanced safety functions: Dual Camera Brake Support (DCBS), lane departure warning, and weaving alert.
Support for smartphone connectivity (Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink) allows the driver to access compatible apps on the touch screen display, while inserting SD cards that contain map data also enables the use of the navigation function.
Power comes from a 1.2-litre petrol engine that combines with the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild hybrid system for even greater fuel efficiency.
SHVS is a lightweight, compact mild hybrid system that uses an ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) with an integrated power generator and electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. It is optimised for use in a compact car leveraging the electric motor’s torque assist and the system’s power regeneration for improved fuel economy.
A choice of Five-speed manual or Five-speed AGS (Auto Gear Shift) transmissions are available, as is Suzuki’s ALLGRIP AUTO viscous coupling four-wheel drive system.
Sales of the new Suzuki Ignis are set to begin in Europe in January 2017.