It’s back as a baby urban SUV, offering a raised ride height so you get a better view over the road – while also making access simple too. While the venerated Suzuki Jimny will soldier on and continue to offer genuine off-road ability, the new Ignis is designed for the road. That said, you’ll still be able to get four-wheel drive if you crave the reassurance of extra traction on muddy and ungritted country roads.
Under the bonnet will be Suzuki’s latest petrol engines, including the frugal 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol. We’re still awaiting confirmation of the full engine line-up, but it’s very possible that the 1.0-litre turbo charged Boosterjet from the new Baleno will also feature. It’s an engine that revs freely and pulls strongly from 2,000rpm, making it an ideal partner for the city when nipping in and out of tight gaps is important. There’s also an SHVS mild hybrid in the offing.
The new Ignis looks like nothing else on the road. Its bold styling utilises square lines to create a chunky, retro look, with three slashes in the C-pillar echoing the original 1978 Suzuki SC100 ‘Whizzkid’ Coupe. The blacked-out A- and B-pillars create a ‘floating’ roof, also echoing the handsome Swift hatchback.
The abrupt overhangs promise engaging handling, too, with the wheel-at-each-corner design creating a low centre of gravity in spite of its height. With Suzuki increasingly having a reputation for producing fun-to-drive cars, you know it’s going to turn corners sharply.
The interior has a subtly retro feel too. That’s not to say it’s basic – far from it – but the styling is simple and pared back to maximise the sense of space. It’s colourful and full of funky design detail, with the three slashes used as a design feature on the centre console.
The new Ignis will soon be appearing at SMC Suzuki in Kent and London. Get in touch to register your interest and we’ll be in touch when we have the first demonstrator models available.