Or rather Suzuki showed the 2017 Ignis. Or rather they presented same car the Japanese public saw at the Tokyo motor show in 2015.
The new Suzuki Ignis has two marketing points. One is the possibility of 4wd and the other is the robust and chunky styling. The 4wd option sets it apart from the Renault Captur. The sensible and tough look sets its apart from the Nissan Juke. The Ignis won’t replace the Jimny which has quietly become one of those reliable, steady sellers that won’t die. We wondered here about a Renault 4 for our times. Is the Jimny really that car? It’s cheap, efficient, useful and simple. Maybe the Ignis also meets the brief.
The Ignis isn’t really news. It left the UK market nine years ago but carried on elsewhere. It’ll be on sale again there in 2017. If we’d were reading our Indian automotive websites we’d be ready for this news. This site noted that the Ignis is due for launch in Italy in 2017.
While I am on the subject of modern-day equivalents of icons, the Ignis in its previous guise is a basic, small 4wd car. Is that not the Panda formula? Admittedly, I did not notice any in Italy in June. I assume the existing Pandas are providing a huge amount of the work needed by this class of car. However, let’s not ignore what’s under our noses: a utilitarian, economic small car that is probably more utilitarian than anything made by the people who used to make the R4 and 2CV.
This is what we could have read in 2015: ” The Ignis made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show with a 1.25-liter DualJet petrol engine with the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology. Paired to a CVT, the Ignis was shown with a 4WD system, though a standard front-wheel drive layout will be seen on the ‘compact crossover’.
Kumataki said that the Ignis is based on Suzuki’s new platform which increases stiffness by 30 percent and reduces weight by 15 percent. It is to be noted that the recently-launched Baleno rides on Suzuki’s all-new platform as well, and is 100 kg lighter than the Swift which is both smaller, and less equipped in comparison.”
Car Buyer says this: “Design-wise, the Ignis stands apart from the rest of the Suzuki range. First previewed by the Suzuki iM-4 concept at the 2015 Geneva motor show, it looks bold, with some elements referring to cars of Suzuki’s past, such as the SC100 ‘Whizzkid’ Coupe of the ‘70s. It looks tough, too, with bulging wheelarches and an angular window line, with black window and windscreen pillars creating a ‘floating roof’ look.
The black mesh grille is surrounded by a piece of chrome trim, while the slender headlight clusters are framed by large U-shaped LED running lights. There are also chrome-surrounded foglights set deep in the front bumper.
The extra styling features of the Suzuki Ignis Trail concept car also point toward additional features being possible, including black plastic cladding around the wheelarches, red stripes and a roof rack to highlight the car’s rugged nature”.
I salute Suzuki for ploughing this furrow.