Suzuki Motor Corporation is currently on a spree to introduce new models in its line-up in order to offer a tough competition to other rivals in its segment. In-line with these plans to enhance its market share, Suzuki Motors released their all-new hatchback crossover, the Suzuki Ignis, as a concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. This concept showcased a production-ready iteration of the im4 concept that was earlier revealed at Geneva Motor Show earlier last year. The model is expected to debut in India in October 2016, and will subsequently step on the Indonesian soil later this year.
Measuring a length of 3700 mm, a width of 1660 mm, and a height of 1595 mm, the Suzuki Ignis is a size larger than the Toyota Wigo, but smaller than the Toyota Yaris. As a result, while it manages to provide a respectable road presence on the road, the compact exterior dimensions of the Ignis make it easy to drive around in city traffic and pull in and out of tight parking spaces.
On the exteriors, the Suzuki Ignis crossover looks like no other Suzuki car currently on offer. The front fascia gets an upright look, and features contemporary styled headlamps with U-shaped DRLs and projectors. The boxy design, higher bonnet shut line, flared front fenders, and integrated set of roof rails manage to impart a rugged appeal to the Ignis' character. Moving to the side, the high profile all-black 16-inch tyres do manage to look menacing, but the production spec model is expected to feature a lower profile and size of tyres to aid ergonomics and enhance efficiency. Another unique design element of the Suzuki Ignis is a prominent kink in its shoulder line at the rear window's end, which manages to give the Suzuki crossover a uniquely distinctive persona. The rear though has a quirky styling. With a sharp wedge-shaped boot lid, the Ignis will remind many of the Suzuki Splash. A massive black insert on the rear bumper manages to neutralize the bulkiness of the car's tail.
A significantly refurbished exterior must be matched with an all-new interior. And this is exactly what Suzuki designers have achieved in the Ignis crossover. The cabin layout is unlike any other Suzuki car and features an angular design theme. The dashboard gets dual tone treatment, with the upper panel finished in black and the lower half getting a beige tone. Circular AC vents on the side get chrome surrounds while the rectangular centre vents are integrated with the line of the dash. Infotainment system comprises of a large screen that juts out of the dash. Below it are placed the automatic climate controls that are nicely integrated in the overall cabin layout. What comes as a welcome change is the fact that the Ignis gets an all-new steering wheel, which provides a refreshing appeal to the cabin as compared to the earlier used wheels that are used on the Swift and Ertiga.
Details about the Suzuki Ignis specs are still discrete, but sources close to the developments suggest that the Ignis will likely be powered by a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine or the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. These power mills will either me mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while a CVT option will also be on offer.
Other details about the Suzuki Ignis crossover will only surface after the launch.