By Wayne Gorrett
Code-named iM-4 as a concept when unveiled at the 2015 Geneva motor show, the all-new Suzuki Ignis compact crossover made its European premiere at last month’s 2016 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile.
The UK hasn’t seen a Suzuki Ignis since the first-generation model sold here from 2003 to 2008.
The new one will sit alongside the A-segment Celerio in Suzuki UK’s ever evolving product line-up, bringing to two the number of city cars in the local range. The new A-segment Suzuki is likely to be made available with both two- and four-wheel-drive. However, rather than replacing the ageing but enigmatically fun Suzuki Jimny (which will happen in 2018), the Ignis will be an all-new model in its own right, further expanding the brand’s UK range.
Under the bonnet should be Suzuki’s fuel-sipping 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine. Unfortunately, the impressive 3-cylinder 1.0-litre turbocharged ‘Boosterjet’ petrol engine that so suits the new Suzuki Baleno hatchback launched recently, is not to be in the UK mix.
Also available – as an option paired to the 1.2 DualJet will be Suzuki’s Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) hybrid technology. It’s not a full hybrid in the conventional sense as it uses an integrated starter/generator that gathers energy when the vehicle slows and redeploys it to assist the engine under acceleration.
Apparently, the canoe is optional.
I will be at the EU media launch of the new Ignis in Rome next month, after which it will go on EU/UK sale in January 2017. No prices or trim levels yet, but I’ll bring them to you as soon as they are known.