Suzuki’s new Ig­nis adds per­sonal touch

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Derek Og­den

Suzuki is get­ting se­ri­ous about the new car mar­ket in Aus­tralia.

Hard on the heels of the Suzuki Baleno bounce-back, the Ja­panese com­pany that spe­cialises in small cars and SUVs has breathed new life into the Ig­nis and has launched the com­pact sports util­ity ve­hi­cle on to our mar­ket.

Com­ing to mar­ket in two spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els — GL and GLX — the Suzuki Ig­nis is un­usual in be­ing of­fered in four and five-seat ver­sions.

The en­try level GL man­ual comes to mar­ket at $16,990 drive­away, the CVT $17,990, while the GLX, CVT only, tops the range at $19,990 drive away.

As well as CVT, the GLX has 16inch al­loy wheels, up from the GL’s 15s, auto LED head­lamps with in­te­grated LED day­time run­ning lights, key­less en­try and push start, au­to­matic air-con­di­tion­ing and pri­vacy rear glass.

Stowage space ranges from 264 litres with all seat­backs raised to 1104 litres with the rear seats folded. Head and legroom in all seats are im­pres­sive and the hip point height of the rear seat makes ac­cess and exit easy.

Funky ex­te­rior and edgy in­te­rior styling with colour, in­clud­ing two-tone com­bi­na­tions, give plenty of chances to per­son­alise.

You can also per­son­alise grille trim, grille cen­tre gar­nish, wheel de­cals, side stripes and C-pil­lar gill slits.

The Ig­nis’ cabin can be per­son­alised with the colour choices on the seat trim, cen­tre con­sole, trans­mis­sion sur­rounds, grab han­dles on the doors, air vent, rear-view mir­ror and fog­light.

Stan­dard across the range are seven-inch in­fo­tain­ment touch screen for satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and rear-view cam­era, as well as ac­cess to au­dio, aux in­puts, USB and SD card, Blue­tooth and smart­phone con­nec­tion to Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Auto and Mir­rorLink.

There is cruise con­trol, speed lim­iter, tinted win­dows, leather­trimmed three-spoke steer­ing wheel with au­dio and cruise but­tons, plus hands-free phone switch­ing.

The Aussie Ig­nis is pow­ered by a new four-cylin­der 1.2-litre Dual­jet (two in­jec­tors per cylin­der) mated to ei­ther a five-speed man­ual or con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion. It puts out 60kW of power at 6000 rpm and 120Nm of torque at 4400 revs, not big out­puts, but the Ig­nis weighs in at just 820kg, so it per­forms pretty well.

Safety is five-star with dual front, side and cur­tain airbags, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity pro­gram, an­ti­skid brakes with elec­tronic brake force dis­tri­bu­tion and brake as­sist, while the CVT adds hill holder.

At this stage we have not been able to test drive a new Suzuki Ig­nis, as soon as we can ar­range it we will bring you a full re­view.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing The new Ig­nis car­ries the Suzuki com­pact car to a new level.

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