Not Now, Mr Loos

We’ve already had a little look at the Suzuki Ignis now let us look at a little bit of it. 

2017 Suzuki Ignis 4wd. All photos by the author

Overall, the Ignis is a neat little car with a robust appearance that belies its size. I am a little unsure if I am as enamoured of its reference to earlier Suzukis as I was originally; the previous Ignis was delightfully, eccentrically its own.

What I would like to draw your attention to is the way the reflections are handled on the surface below the sideglass of the new Ignis. You can see the effect in the slide show below. Notice the small, dark elongated area which appears left of the mirror and the small strip of lighter colour under it.

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How is this achieved and why is it there? As on the Audi Coupe we showed recently, Suzuki evidently wanted to ensure that one surface reflected the light as much as possible and to have a sharp junction between them. The straightforward way to do this is to have a distinct angle between the surfaces and to have a small radius between them.

However, Suzuki have forced the reflection by making the upper surface (the pale one) slightly hollow or negative. Normally such surfaces are slightly positive as in they curve outwards. This one curves inwards just before the feature line.

If you look very closely at the edge of the right edge of the card, it touches the door at two places: the crease and a few centimetres above it. There is a gap between the card and the door in between. So the surface has an inflection on it, just above the crease with the main door panel. This little trick allows the overall angle of the surface to be closer to vertical, which matters on a narrow car where there is not the same latitude to have deep draw pressings.

This might seem a little technical. However, such small manipulations can have strong effects and this case shows Suzuki’s designers have a keen eye for subtle form.


In Denmark the Ignis range has six versions. There is a FWD 1.2 Dualjet 16V Club and Active (which is trimmed like the 4wd model), the Active with an automatic gearbox, the Allgrip with 4WD, the Allgrip Adventure (which has climate control, push-button start and mirror-mounted indicators). Suzuki also offer a mild-hybrid which emits under 100 g of carbon dioxide per km.

2017 Ignis paint options: source

The colour chart from Suzuki is less inspiring than the coatings as they appear on the car (note: no green and no yellow). The interior cloths are, for me, the biggest disappointment. Although it’s a niche manufacturer, Suzuki are missing a bunch of sales by not offering some warm shades and nicer fabrics than the two grey variants available. I can see this car as a competitor for the Fiat 500 which is, these days, a means for Fiat to sell different colour paints.

Suzuki Ignis Mk2: it’s so gawky it could be French

I notice Suzuki Denmark does not sell the Jimny.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

2 thoughts on “Not Now, Mr Loos”

  1. Richard, this is a terrific piece of detail observation.

    I am a big fan of the Ignis. Yes it’s an SUV but it counters any negatives by being small and light. The interior fabrics may be a bit gloomy but I think they are available with white trim details to lighten the mood a little.

    1. Thanks. Seeing the little inflection revealed how the crisp look was achieved. The Audi Coupe has it on the surface under the crease, to ensure it stays looking dark as much as possible.

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