Cheeky F and cheapy - we at­tended the launch of Suzuki’s new mini-city-suv, the Ignis!

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#Likenoother was the main topic at the re­cent launch of the brand-new Suzuki Ignis.

First shown at the 2015 Paris Mo­tor show and launched in South Africa at the end of May 2017, this car should at­tract an abun­dance of at­ten­tion.

Even be­fore its re­lease, the Ignis has been voted a run­nerup in the World Ur­ban Car award. The rea­son for this is that the Ignis can’t be seen as ei­ther a Jimny or Swift, but rather a com­bi­na­tion of the two iconic Suzuki mod­els.

Ignis is Latin for “fire”, by the way. With a length of 3,700 mm, 1,690mm width and 180mm of ground clear­ance, it’s slightly smaller than a Swift, yet just a bit closer to the road than the Jimny.

Al­though it’s only front-wheel drive, the Ignis 1.2 litre engine (61kw/113nm) is well suited to the ur­ban jun­gle and a bit of ru­ral ter­rain.

The four- cylin­der def­i­nitely de­liv­ered, even on the longer stretches of its launch route.

At an in­di­cated 120km/h it’s do­ing around 3,000rpm. With five gears run­ning rel­a­tively low revs, the Ignis claims fuel con­sump­tion of 5.1L/100km; and 0.2 less for the au­to­matic. 0-100 takes 11,6 se­conds.

The Ignis car­ries the same HEARTECT chas­sis as Baleno, re­sult­ing in a lower over­all mass. The com­bi­na­tion of its Mcpher­son struts, coil springs with gas filled dampers, an­tiroll bar ( front sus­pen­sion) and coil springs with an an­tiroll bar (rear) makes the drive very com­fort­able.

Cling­ing to the bends, the lit­tle Suzuki’s rather light weight (850kg kerb mass) also helps it to com­fort­ably sweep over any bumps.

In­side, the Ignis seems a lot big­ger than from the out­side. The front and back of the cabin is large enough to house 1.80m adults. The lug­gage room of 260L can ex­pand to a size­able 469 litres with the rear seats folded.

Both the GL and GLX mod­els feel roomy and com­fort­able in­side with the two-tone black and cream scheme cre­at­ing a joy­ful and ‘hip’ at­mos­phere.

The GL and GLX mod­els also come with sev­eral add- ons such as elec­tric win­dows, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing, power steer­ing, RA­DIO/MP3/CD/USB (Blue­tooth in the GLX model) sys­tem, air-con­di­tion­ing, 12V power socket, Dual SRS front airbags, ABS, EBD, elec­tronic brake as­sis­tance, side im­pact pro­tec­tion, Isofix an­chors and of course child- proof rear door locks.

The GLX also fea­tures a start / stop but­ton, cli­mate con­trol, rear speak­ers, front tweet­ers and an in­for­ma­tion sys­tem which dis­plays av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion, driv­ing range and av­er­age speed.

An­other op­tion is the cen­tral touch-screen that can con­nect with IOS and An­droid de­vices.

Ignis ex­te­rior de­sign fol­lows Suzuki DNA with fea­tures like sharp day­time run­ning lights, a large front bumper and large air in­take. The GLX fea­tures front fog lights and cool LED day­time run­ning lights, the GL has halo­gen lights.

Be­sides its higher ground clear­ance, Ignis also looks a bit more “buff” with bolder wheel arches. Com­bined with 15” black al­loys and a chrome ac­cent around its front grille, the GLX model is es­pe­cially ap­peal­ing and ag­gres­sive.

Al­ready re­spected for i ts suc­cess with Jimny and Swift, Suzuki keeps im­prov­ing their line-up. We re­cently drove the new Baleno, one of the best han­dling and prac­ti­cal cars in the mar­ket seg­ment. With the re­lease of the Ignis, it is clear that Suzuki wants to con­tinue in­no­vat­ing.

Al­low me to make a Harry Pot­ter ref­er­ence - Ignis is like Her­moine Granger’s hand­bag. It looks small from the out­side yet is a comfy and spa­cious “home” on the in­side.

Yes, lug­gage space may be small with four peo­ple in­side, but the Ignis is big­ger than its small hatch­back com­peti­tors. The added ground clear­ance is an ab­so­lute ben­e­fit and the car has lit­tle body roll around cor­ners.

The 1.2 GLX will also be sold with a five-speed au­to­mated man­ual gear­box. This means that no clutch will be needed for gearshifts.

The driv­ing qual­ity is very good with lit­tle road noise, comfy seats and an easy-touse info sys­tem.

The Ignis GLX model fea­tures a lot more prac­ti­cal­ity in­side, al­though both the GL and GLX mod­els will have the same space and com­fort in­side.

Suzuki, as it al­ways does, has man­aged to think in­no­va­tively about this new model. Be­ing a small hatch­back, it will be very ef­fec­tive in the ev­er­ex­pand­ing city, yet prac­ti­cal enough to take the dirt roads on a family week­end.

The Ignis, like the Swift and Jimny be­fore it, is sure to stand out on the roads. This then is ex­actly what Suzuki is look­ing for, to cre­ate new cars in in­no­va­tive forms.

All of the Ignis mod­els will come with a pro­mo­tional FIVE year / 200,000km war­ranty and a two-year / 30,000km ser­vice plan. Mod­els and Prices: 1.2 GL (M) N$179,900 1.2 GLX (M) N$199,900 1.2 GLX (A) N$214,900

“...very ef­fec­tive in the ever- ex­pand­ing city, yet prac­ti­cal enough to take the dirt roads on a family week­end.”

Text Franco Theron Im­ages Suzuki Auto South Africa & Gal­imoto Me­dia

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