Ignis name revived for new small crossover
Suzuki is set to unveil their newest car at this year's Paris Monial de l'Automobile. The automaker, known for building small cars, will be adding a new crossover to their lineup with the second generation Ignis.
The name Ignis first appeared between 2000 to 2008. After an eight year break, Suzuki has the name for its latest crossover. The production model was first previewed back in 2015 at the Tokyo Motor Show with the Suzuki iM4 concept.
The new Ignis features round headlights, a high roofline, upright design and non-functional C-pillar vents, a homage Suzuki SC100 of the 1970s. The rear section of the new Ignis gets a unique tail light treatment along with a black panel that serves as bumper garnish. Suzuki describes the crossover's styling as minimalist and “undoubtedly Suzuki.”
A new platform underpins the third-generation Ignis which Suzuki says claims is rigid and lightweight. It is expected that the new Ignis will be available with 1.2 liter, four-cylinder Dualjet and 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbo Boosterjet motors. Suzuki will also add a mild hybrid version for the new Ignis. Called the Smart Hybrid Vehicle it will utilize a brake energy recovery system as well as a stop-start system. Suzuki says the mild-hybrid Ignis will deliver excellent fuel efficiency without sacrificing a performance.
The new Ignis will be on sale in Europe starting January 2017.