WHET THE TURBO AP­PETITE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - FIRST DRIVE -

A turbo Ig­nis is a pri­or­ity for Suzuki Aus­tralia. The can­di­date is the 1.0-litre three-cylin­der in the Baleno. In that tune it cranks out 82kW/160Nm and would give the Ig­nis a sportier ap­peal. Suzuki Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager An­drew Moore says head of­fice in Ja­pan knows of our na­tional predilec­tion for warmer vari­ants. “We’re push­ing hard for a turbo Ig­nis,” Moore says. “From our per­spec­tive it just makes sense but there has to be enough global in­ter­est to make a busi­ness case. I’d prob­a­bly keep the 1.2-litre in the GL and put the turbo in the GLX.” Moore cites the Vi­tara SUV as the most re­cent ex­am­ple of buy­ers back­ing per­for­mance ver­sions. “I thought the turbo might do 40 per cent of Vi­tara sales and it’s do­ing half,” he says. “We’ve got a new Swift later this year and we know how strong de­mand is for the Sports ver­sion of that car, so the ap­petite for a more pow­er­ful Ig­nis should be at sim­i­lar lev­els.”

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