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European version of Suzuki Ignis unveiled

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Suzuki Ignis

Sales of Suzuki's European compact crossover will start in January next year in the UK.

The European-spec Suzuki Ignis was unveiled at this year’s Paris motor show and will mark a return to the British marketplace after almost a decade away. After its nine-year hiatus, the city car with its mini SUV aspirations will be available to buy from next January, priced from around £10,500.

To match its SUV-type styling, the Suzuki Ignis will be available as a four-wheel- or two-wheel-drive and will sit just above the Suzuki Celerio in the manufacturer's range. It had already been seen on show in Tokyo, but the new European Suzuki Ignis is10-15cm longer than the Japanese version, due to Japan’s very strict 3.6m guidelines. The floor pan stays the same, however, with a change in bumper designs accounting for the extra length.

Engine choices for the Suzuki Ignis

The Suzuki Ignis boasts three D-pillar indents as part of its styling, which are said to make reference to the Whizz Kid, a rear-engined SC100 made in the 1970s. The engine line-up, meanwhile, is based around a 1.2 Dualjet engine which produces 89bhp and is already used in both the Suzuki Swift and the Baleno.

A Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki, otherwise known as an SHVS, will also be on offer. This uses an Integrated Starter Generator, or ISG, with an electric motor and integrated power generator, as well as its battery pack. Suzuki has said that this hybrid’s emissions will be significantly below 100g/km.

The Suzuki is expected to have niche appeal with just the Fiat Panda Trekking and Cross seen as a direct competitor. The two-wheel version of the Panda Trekking starts at £13,210, whilst the Panda Cross begins at £16,360 when bought with the 0.9-litre engine, making the Ignis a competitive choice.

The Suzuki Ignis is expected to weigh the same as the Baleno, which comes in at 905kg and demonstrates the company’s commitment to lightweight structures. This should help to ensure the sort of super-low running costs which are expected from vehicles. within the city car class.

There will be various personalisation options on offer to motorists who choose the Ignis. These will include a change in roof colour. The previous Ignis had a Sport model choice, but Suzuki has denied that one of these will be available this time around.

The company has also said that there are no plans for any off-road styling for the four-wheel-drive version, despite the company’s Ignis Trail concept design. Instead the four-wheel-drive will be almost exactly the same as the two-wheel version.

Suzuki shows off more in Paris

Also at the Paris motor show was a facelifted Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, which had undergone styling revisions and is also being offered with a change in engine-line-up, extra features and improved specs. The price has increased from £14,000 to £14,999 for the new entry model and sales will start on Britain on October 17.

The 1.6 petrol has been abandoned in favour of a turbocharged, three-cylinder 1.0 and a four-cylinder, 1.4 Boosterjet unit. These promise to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The 1.4 was first used in the Suzuki Vitara earlier in 2016, whilst the 1.0 can be found in the Baleno.

The 1.0-litre 109bhp unit offers a torque increase of nine per cent compared with the old 1.6, whilst dropping emissions to 113g.km, a reduction of 11 per cent, when accompanied by a manual gearbox. Fuel consumption, meanwhile, is said to be improved by ten per cent. The 1.4 138bhp unit offers 162lb ft, an increase of 41 per cent on the outgoing 1.6 and a 1.6 diesel is also on offer.

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