| 6.3°C Belfast

New bib and tucker as Suzuki revamps the Ignis – the tiniest SUV on the market

The Suzuki Ignis is the dinkiest SUV on the market – a tiny “ultra-compact” crossover.

Now it’s been given a mid-life facelift to give it more muscular styling and better engine choices.

Key features of the revamp include a sturdy front-end redesign and improved hybrid power.

The Ignis isn’t on many people’s radars, but perhaps it should be. It was a top three finalist in the 2017 World Urban Car awards and has much to recommend it, if this is the market you’re fishing in.

It actually dates back to the year 2000 and amazingly is officially still only in its second generation, which came along in 2016, although the original car changed much during the years, effectively morphing from a citycar (known as the first generation, first series) into a very small crossover (second series).

The second-generation car that emerged in 2016 was very firmly SUV/crossover-inspired despite its diminutive size.

So, what’s new about the face-lifted 2020 model that Suzuki boasts its “the only ultra-compact SUV” around?

In summary, the latest model has a bold new front grille and bumpers, refined interior colours, and an efficiency-enhanced engine with expanded mild hybrid system capacity.

You’ll notice the external changes compared to the outgoing model. Exterior design features include Suzuki’s latest 5-spoke front grille and front and rear bumpers with silver under garnishes further accentuate the car’s SUV character and uniqueness.

Front and rear bumpers featuring trapezoid shape silver under-garnishes add to the crossover feel.

The cabin has had a makeover, too. A newly-designed instrument panel and new interior colours help bring the inside into 2020.

New Lazuli Medium Blue Pearl and Medium Grey Metallic accents are matched to grey or blue seat upholsteries.

The instrument panel, featuring a newly designed meter cluster, has been updated with a contrast of black and white.

The new Ignis is available in eleven single-tone and seven two-tone colours, including three new shades – Caravan Ivory Pearl Metallic, Rush Yellow Metallic, Tough Khaki Pearl Metallic. Trim levels remain familiar Suzuki ones: SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5

Under the bonnet, there’s a new K12D 1.2 DUALJET engine and mild hybrid system with significantly enlarged 10Ah lithium-ion battery capacity. Suzuki says this offers enhanced fuel efficiency.

The manufacturer says the mild hybrid system converts kinetic energy generated during deceleration into electric energy which is charged to the lithium-ion battery and used by an electric motor function to assist the engine when accelerating for higher fuel efficiency.

CVT transmission is available as an option, with Suzuki claiming “powerful” acceleration performance at low speeds and “outstanding” fuel efficiency when cruising at high speeds.

The revamped Ignis will go on sale in the UK in April. There’s no word yet on prices but we wouldn’t expect much change to the current £12,249 starting price.

Belfast Telegraph