MODEL: ALLGRIP MODEL RANGE

Press kit: ALLGRIP Model Range

GENERAL

SUZUKI ALLGRIP TECHNOLOGY - 2017

FIVE 4X4 EQUIPPED MODELS FROM IGNIS TO S-CROSS.

Suzuki has five out of seven different models in its range that have ALLGRIP four wheel drive capability either as standard or as an optional drivetrain choice.  In order to more clearly explain the different levels of technology these have been designated into three categories. These are Allgrip ‘Auto’ for Ignis and Swift; Allgrip ‘Select’ for Vitara and S-Cross models and Allgrip ‘Pro’ for Jimny incorporating high and low gear ratios. ALLGRIP models account for more than 25 per cent of Suzuki sales in the UK and Suzuki offers seven of the top 10 most fuel efficient lower cost 4-wheel drive cars on sale in the UK.

Section 1 – IGNIS with Allgrip ‘Auto’

  • Ignis compact crossover model – on sale in the UK since January 2017.
  • 90PS 1.2-litre four cylinder Dualjet engine.
  • SZ5 ALLGRIP model includes Suzuki’s SHVS mild hybrid system (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) offering CO2 emissions of 106g/km and combined fuel consumption of 60.1mpg.
  • Latest development in High Tensile steel construction results in a very low kerb weight of just 920kg for SZ5 ALLGRIP model.
  • Six airbags fitted as standard on all Ignis models.
  • Air conditioning, DAB Radio and Bluetooth fitted as standard on all Ignis models.

Suzuki is well established globally for its expertise in small cars and the new Ignis compact crossover was launched to high acclaim in early 2017. Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the new Ignis for Europe at the 2016 Paris Motor Show as its new global compact crossover and it clearly demonstrates convenience and comfort in a stylish new exterior. Ignis features excellent visibility, an easy to drive size, spacious cabin and ample luggage space.

Latest Platform Strategy

Under the ‘SUZUKI NEXT 100’ plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Suzuki developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the Ignis was the second model (following Baleno) with this new generation platform to be introduced in Europe, this was followed by the new Swift in June 2017.

This new platform targets the reduction of weight as well as further increased rigidity. For the Ignis, body rigidity was enhanced by approximately 10 per cent and with the use of a new structure and very high tensile steel the total vehicle weight has been reduced by around 15 per cent. Even the heaviest Ignis model with ALLGRIP has a kerb weight of just 920kg.

Capacity

Adopting Suzuki’s new generation light weight platform strategy minimised the size of the engine compartment which has enabled maximising the space available for cabin occupants and luggage. Within its compact body size, Ignis features a roomy and comfortable cabin with ample space between occupants, ample headroom and legroom contributing to its relaxing environment.

Another feature is large-capacity luggage space of 267L (SZ3)*, (204L* for ALLGRIP model utilising a rear differential). On SZ-T and SZ5 models it also adopts sliding rear seat functionality that combined with the ability to fold down the rear seatbacks, makes it possible to accommodate a wide variety of luggage. *VDA method.

Visibility

With 180mm of minimum ground clearance, the Ignis enhances driving performance on rough roads, while also enabling a higher seating position for clearer visibility. The slightly higher seat position also contributes to the ease of entering and exiting the car.

Specification Highlights

A full equipment table for the new Ignis is listed on the final pages of this press pack. 

Standard equipment for all Ignis models in the range is comprehensive and the SZ3 model includes six airbags, air conditioning, DAB radio with Bluetooth, 15-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors, front electric windows and five seat capacity. 

SZ-T adds smatrtphone link display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear view camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, wheel arch extensions and four seat capacity with individually sliding rear seats.

SZ5 2WD and ALLGRIP models add auto air conditioning, satellite navigation, Dual Camera Brake Support, keyless entry and start, rear electric windows, LED Headlghts with DRL and front foglamps.

Engine

1.2-litre Dualjet

Suzuki first introduced its 90PS 1.2-litre Dualjet technlogy (K12C) in 2014, initially in the Swift, and then utilised in the Baleno model in June 2016. In summary, Dualjet incorporates Suzuki’s latest engine technology and uses twin fuel injectors for improved fuel economy. Utilising Dualjet design that positions the fuel injectors very close to the engine inlet valves allows for a finer fuel atomisation (or mixture) which in turn provides a more effective transfer into the cylinder. 

SHVS

Available for the SZ5 manual models, the SHVS mild hybrid is a compact and lightweight unit that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor, the ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking.

The energy assistance provided during acceleration enables the SHVS to be known as a mild hybrid system which is ideally suited to a compact car and adds just 6.2kg to the overall weight.

The ISG generates electricity more efficiently than a conventional alternator through regenerative braking which is the term given to the transfer of kinetic heat energy into electrical energy. The ISG unit detects this as soon as the brake pedal is depressed and recharges both the 12 volt lithium-ion battery and conventional 12 volt battery.

4WD (ALLGRIP Auto)

The Ignis adopts Suzuki’s ALLGRIP ‘Auto’ four-wheel drive system. First introduced in Swift in 2014, this is a well proven and simple fully automatic and permanent four-wheel drive layout which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling, further enhancing the already highly acclaimed cornering ability of the Ignis.  It is also an ideal choice for customers living in rural areas who may need additional mobility across rougher terrain or for crossing slippery surfaces during winter months without owning a more conventional SUV sized vehicle.

The viscous coupling essentially takes on the role of a centre differential to connect the front and rear axles and is made up of two sets of annular metal plates which rotate in a casing containing a high viscosity silicon type fluid. In normal operating conditions the plates will turn at the same rate but when wheel slippage occurs the silicon fluid will quickly become highly viscous when heated by increased friction and shear caused by differences between the movements of the plates.

In summary, one part of the viscous coupling is connected to the driving axle and one part to the driven axle. When the front wheels spin the centre viscous coupling locks due to friction and shear caused by the differences in motion of the plates which will then rapidly transfer more torque to the rear axle.

Enhancements to the Ignis ALLGRIP ‘Auto’ system include Hill Descent Control and Grip Control. Grip Control activates on slippery surfaces at speeds of less than 18mph. Once switched on by the driver, it focuses torque on the driven wheels that have grip and will quickly apply braking to the wheel that is spinning.

Hill Descent Control activates once switched on by the driver and when the vehicle is travelling on an incline at under approximately 15mph in first or second gear.

Thanks to the use of small and lightweight components Ignis ALLGRIP is just 50kg heavier than its equivalent 2WD model and emissions are only 9g/km higher at 106g/km. Due to the location of the rear differential for the 4WD system, the luggage capacity is 204 litres versus 260 litres for the 2WD model. 

Safety equipment

The Ignis adopts Suzuki‘s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) concept that provides a high level of collision safety. Some of the features include collapsible structures that absorb impact energy in the event of a collision, a frame structure that effectively disperses impact energy, and rigid cabin structure.

Other safety features include ESP® (Electronic Stability Program), which helps ensure stability while driving, along with front, side and curtain airbags to protect occupants in the event of a collision from the front or side.

As an additional safety feature, stereo cameras mounted on each side of the drivers interior rear view mirror, function in a similar way to the human eye, detecting lane markings as well as objects ahead (including pedestrians) and also their distance away. Based on the size and shape of the object, the cameras can determine whether it is a pedestrian or another vehicle. These capabilities enable the inclusion of the following three advanced safety functions:

  • Dual Camera Brake Support (DCBS) on SZ5 models: When travelling above approximately 3mph and the system detects a risk of collision with the vehicle in front, it warns the driver to apply the brakes. At higher speeds if it senses the possibility of a collision, it warns the driver with a buzzer and also via a notification on the multi information display. The system warning can also be set for either Far or Near distance via a button on the dashboard.
  • Lane departure warning function: When the vehicle is travelling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph or above and is departing the lane without the driver using a turn signal, the system vibrates the steering wheel and lights a warning indicator in the instrument cluster to draw attention to lane departures caused by factors such as inattention to the road.
  • Weaving alert function: When the vehicle is traveling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph or above and is weaving from side to side within a lane, the system sounds a warning buzzer and lights an indicator on the instrument panel. This quickly draws the driver’s attention to weaving caused by drowsiness or other factors.

Convenience

The Ignis SZT and SZ5 models have two individual rear seats that can slide 165mm to provide either greater luggage capacity or more rear passenger leg room; additionally, the seat backrests have a two position recline function. The luggage capacity increases to 514 litres with both rear seats folded and can be as high as 1,100 litres if fully loaded to the roof line.

Hill Hold Control

Available on all SZ5 models, Hill Hold Control makes hill starts much easier by preventing the vehicle from rolling backwards for two seconds as soon as the driver removes his or her foot from the brake to the accelerator pedal.

SWIFT with ALLGRIP ‘Auto’

  • All-new Swift – on sale in the UK and Republic of Ireland since June 2017.
  • Up to 10 per cent lighter, 19 per cent more powerful and 8 per cent more fuel efficient than outgoing model.
  • ALLGRIP ‘Auto’ system available on SZ5 model with 1.2-litre 90PS 1.2-litre four-cylinder Dualjet engine offering CO2 emissions of 101g/km and combined fuel consumption of 62.8mpg.
  • Third model utilising Suzuki’s ‘HEARTECT’ lightweight platform strategy – kerb weight of just 980kg for SZ5 ALLGRIP model.
  • Six airbags, Air conditioning, DAB Radio, privacy glass, LED daytime running lights and Bluetooth fitted as standard on all new Swift models.
  • SZ-T adds smartphone link display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear view camera, front fog lamps and 16-inch alloy wheels.
  • SZ5 adds auto air conditioning, satellite navigation, LED headlamps, polished 16-inch alloy wheels, rear electric windows, Dual Sensor Brake Support and Adaptive Cruise Control.
  • Global Swift sales of 5.4 million units since 2005
  • Manufactured for Europe at the Sagara plant in Japan.

Following on from its launch in the Japanese domestic market late last year, Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the new Swift for Europe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as its all new global compact supermini. The new Swift represents an automotive advancement aimed at uplifting the driver through succession, evolution and innovation.

It carries forward the Swift DNA while adopting completely new styling and a performance-enhancing extremely light body with advanced safety technologies. The result is exterior European flair complemented by a sporty and functional interior, nimble and agile driving, and enhanced peace of mind.

In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,840mm long, the new Swift  features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. The development goal was to create an all new hatchback styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki.

New-generation platform ‘HEARTECT’

Under the ‘SUZUKI NEXT 100’ plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Suzuki  developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the Swift is now the third model (following Baleno and IGNIS) to adopt this new generation platform and be introduced in Europe.

This new platform or underbody of Swift is now 30kg lighter which has contributed to the car registering a 120kg lighter overall kerb weight.

The new Swift is 10mm shorter than the outgoing model, while its wheelbase is 20mm longer, creating more interior room including 20 per cent more luggage capacity at 265L, or 54 litres more than the previous Swift. It is 15mm lower and 40mm wider, further accentuating its low and wide stance. The European Swift is 40mm wider and has a wider track than the Japanese Domestic model.

Capacity

Adopting Suzuki’s new generation platform strategy minimised the size of the engine compartment which has enabled maximising the space available for cabin occupants and luggage. Within its compact body size, Swift features a roomy and comfortable cabin with ample space between occupants, ample headroom and legroom contributing to its relaxing environment. The luggage capacity with rear seats raised is 265L which is 25 per cent larger than the outgoing model.

Development of New Swift - Put Through Its Paces in Europe

Testing of the chassis, which is the centrepiece of the new Swift’s evolution, began in January 2016 in the United Kingdom and Germany. Covering a total of more than 6,000 miles, the teams tested as many as 90 different suspension prototypes in an effort to meet the need for optimum steering feel together with providing supple and agile suspension for British roads.

This was combined with the demand for high-speed steering stability and riding comfort on winding German roads as well as the Autobahn. Damping force has been seperately tuned for both 2WD and ALLGRIP Auto equipped models.

Specification Highlights

Standard equipment for all models in the range is comprehensive and all models include six airbags, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, privacy glass, DAB radio with Bluetooth and four speakers, LED daytime running lights, 15-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors and front electric windows.  SZ3 and SZ-T models are available with 2WD only.

Specification for the SZ5 2WD and ALLGRIP adds auto air conditioning, 16-inch polished alloy wheels, satellite navigation, Advanced forward detection system, keyless entry and start, rear electric windows, LED Headlamps, LED Combination rear lamps, adaptive cruise control and six speakers. A full equipment table is listed at the end of this press pack.

1.2-litre Dualjet with SHVS

Suzuki first introduced its 1.2-litre (K12C) Dualjet technlogy in 2014, initially in the Swift and then in Baleno in June 2016. This technology is utilised for the new Swift and includes the addition of SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) when specified on the SZ5 model.

In summary, Dualjet incorporates Suzuki’s latest engine technology and uses twin fuel injectors for improved fuel economy. Utilising Dualjet design that positions the fuel injectors very close to the engine inlet valves allows for a finer fuel atomisation (or mixture) which in turn provides a more effective transfer into the cylinder. 

The maximum power output is 90PS with a torque figure of 120Nm at 4,400rpm. Acceleration time to 62mph is 12.6 seconds for the SHVS ALLGRIP equipped model.

SHVS

Fitted as standard on the SZ5 ALLGRIP model, the SHVS mild hybrid system is a compact and lightweight system that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor, the ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking.

As detailed for the IGNIS model, the system also uses a compact high performance 12V lithium-ion battery placed under the front passenger seat to store energy and incorporates an idle stop function operated via the Integrated Start Generator. The SHVS system only uses its conventional engine starter motor when first started from cold, under all other conditions it uses the ISG unit to allow smooth and quiet engine restarts.

4WD

As already detailed for the Ignis model, the new Swift also adopts Suzuki’s ALLGRIP Auto four-wheel drive system and is available as an option on the SZ5 model with 1.2-litre engine. First introduced in the previous generation Swift in 2014 this is a well proven and simple fully automatic and permanent four-wheel drive layout which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling.  The only differences for Swift is that it excludes the Grip control and Hill Descent Control functions fitted as standard equipment on IGNIS ALLGRIP.

Advanced Forward Detection System

The Swift SZ5 features Suzuki’s first use of an advanced forward detection system that combines a monocular camera and a laser sensor for advanced safety functions, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and high beam assist. It also uses millimetre-wave radar to enable adaptive cruise control.

The advanced forward detection system monocular camera excels at mid to long distance detection and also recognition of traffic elements including pedestrians and lane markers. The laser sensor excels at monitoring shorter distance hazards and also night vision detection.

Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) – SZ5 Grade.

The advanced forward detection system supports numerous safety technologies, chief among which is collision-mitigating Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS). With DSBS, at vehicle speeds from approximately 3mph to 62mph, if the system determines a risk of collision with a forward obstacle, it issues both an audio and visual warning. If there is a high risk of collision with a forward obstacle and the driver panic brakes, the system deploys brake assist, increasing braking force. If the risk of a collision increases even more, the system applies full automatic braking in an effort to avoid the collision or reduce damage.

High beam assist

At speeds of 25mph or higher, high beam assist is designed to automatically switch the headlights between “High” and “Low”, depending on the presence of other vehicles and also the lighting environment.

Adaptive cruise control

When there is a vehicle in front, the adaptive cruise control system uses millimetre-wave radar to gauge the distance to it and automatically maintains vehicle-to-vehicle distance in line with the setting selected out of three possible settings. When there is no vehicle in front, the system maintains the speed (from 25mph to 100mph where permitted) as input by the driver. 

Lane departure warning function

When the vehicle is travelling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph or above and is departing the lane without the driver using a turn signal, the system vibrates the steering wheel and lights a warning indicator in the instrument cluster to draw attention to lane departures caused by factors such as inattention to the road.

Weaving alert function

When the vehicle is traveling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph or above and is weaving from side to side within a lane, the system sounds a warning buzzer and lights an indicator on the instrument panel. This quickly draws the driver’s attention to weaving caused by drowsiness or other factors.

Advanced Multi-information display – SZ5 grade

The SZ5 model is equipped with a 4.2 inch high-definition colour LCD display that shows a range of information including engine output and torque data, fuel consumption, average speed, acceleration and brake operation as well as driving G-force tracking. For the SHVS model an energy flow diagram is also included.

Display audio system with navigation and smartphone connectivity

The audio system for both SZ-T and SZ5 models has a Smartphone Linkage Display Audio  (SLDA) with a large seven inch touch panel display that enables intuitive operation. On the SZ5 grade a three dimensional navigation map makes landmarks easy to distinguish and the system also allows the driver to use certain smartphone applications with MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connection.

The all new Swift went on sale in the UK on June 1st 2017 with all three grades and both 2WD and ALLGRIP models available from launch.

Section 2 – ALLGRIP Select. (Vitara and S-Cross models)

  • Vitara – on sale in the UK since May 2015 with ‘S’ ALLGRIP model launched in January 2016.
  • ALLGRIP Select intelligent four wheel drive fitted as standard equipment on S grade, optional on SZ-T and SZ5 models.
  • ‘S’ model with 140PS Boosterjet Direct Injection Turbocharged petrol engine (DITC) offers a wide spread of torque available from just 1,500rpm – 41 per cent more than the 1.6-litre engine.
  • Seven airbags including Drivers Knee Airbag fitted as standard on all Vitara models.
  • Bluetooth, DAB Radio and alloy wheels fitted as standard on all models.
  • Radar Brake Support and Adaptive Cruise Control fitted as standard to SZ5 and S grades.

Ever since its market launch in 1988, the Suzuki Vitara series has earned high acclaim for stylish, city oriented designs, compact and easy to manage dimensions, good on-road performance and genuine off-road capability. The series has evolved through changes in body size and powertrain.

Seven months after the UK launch of Vitara in May 2015, Suzuki introduced the S model which provides a  more sporting and dynamic character to the line up. Vitara is a very popular model in the range with over 24,000 units sold since launch. 

Specification Highlights

Standard equipment for all Vitara models is comprehensive and the SZ4 model includes seven airbags, alloy wheels, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with speed limiter, auto air conditioning and front and rear electric windows. 

SZ-T adds 17-inch silver painted alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, Smartphone link audio and navigation system.

Moving up to SZ5 adds LED Projector headlights, 17-inch polished alloy wheels, suede seat fabric, keyless entry with start button, Adaptive Cruise Control, Radar Brake Support and Panoramic sunroof.

The S model is equipped with 17-inch Gloss black alloy wheels, unique grille design, satin silver door mirrors, rear upper spoiler and black side body mouldings. For the interior the sporting theme continues with red interior stitching, red air conditioning vent and instrument accents and aluminium alloy pedals.

Boosterjet Engine

The S model with 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine and standard ALLGRIP 4-wheel drive was the first Suzuki to be launched that utilised Boosterjet technology petrol engine which in Vitara is a 140PS 1.4-litre Direct Injection turbocharged unit (DITC). This engine has compact dimensions and offers 220Nm of torque available from just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm.

The Boosterjet engine is a Suzuki unit that is characterised by improved fuel efficiency and driving pleasure made possible by using a small displacement, high torque turbocharger.

During development, Suzuki’s engineers virtually eliminated the typical delay in turbo power delivery or ‘lag’ by installing the specially developed compact turbo charger attached directly to the cylinder head as well as incorporating the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head casting.

The 1.4-litre engine offers strong benefits in performance too with a 0-62mph acceleration time of 10.2 seconds for both manual and automatic transmissions and a maximum speed, where permitted, of 124mph.

With the normally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine, friction reductions combined with weight savings in the engine and related components help to achieve good fuel economy together with a power output of 120PS and 156Nm of torque available at 4,400rpm. For the DDiS engine, an EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system and an electronically controlled VGT (Variable Geometry Turbocharger) help achieve powerful performance and torque together with very low emissions, with 320Nm of torque is available from just 1,750rpm.

Manual transmissions

A six-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard for the 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine and a five-speed for the 1.6-litre petrol engine. The 1.6-litre DDiS model also has six-speed manual transmission as standard. Each manual transmission’s gear ratios are optimised to help provide a good combination of performance and fuel economy. Additional measures include a shift lever counterweight to help provide a smooth, positive shift action.

Automatic transmission

A six-speed automatic transmission is available optionally for the 1.4-litre Boosterjet and 1.6-litre petrol engines. It has a wide gear ratio range to permit precise driver control and which also helps provide quick response at low vehicle speeds (for instance, when pulling away from standstill or driving slowly uphill) The wide ratios also help the engine to run at lower rpm when cruising too. 

CO2 emissions

The Vitara’s CO2 emissions are low thanks to the use of high tensile steel and other weight saving measures in the body. This has resulted in the Vitara being one of the lightest SUV’s in it class at just 1,075 kg for the 1.6-litre two wheel drive models with manual transmission.

An Engine Auto Stop Start system is also used which shuts down the engine when stationary.

Four-wheel drive is typically seen as detrimental to fuel economy and emissions performance. By contrast, Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system enables CO2 emissions that are remarkably low for a four-wheel drive SUV. CO2 emissions for the 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine with its standard ALLGRIP system and manual transmission is 127g/km and just one gram higher for the optional automatic transmission.

ALLGRIP Select system

Suzuki evolved its renowned four wheel drive technologies into a new generation that delivers driving pleasure and peace of mind in diverse conditions while promoting economy and limiting the burden four wheel drive cars place on the environment.

Suzuki’s ALLGRIP Select system is fitted as standard on the S and available as an option on SZT and SZ5 models. It has four driver-selectable modes for safe, enjoyable driving on diverse surfaces. It debuted in the S-Cross model in 2013 and has since proved very successful. In development, the Vitara ALLGRIP system was enhanced by the addition of a feed forward function that allocates torque to the rear wheels before any slippage can occur. The system’s four driver-selectable modes are as follows:

Auto

The auto mode prioritises fuel economy in typical driving conditions and uses two-wheel drive by default. It switches to four wheel drive if it detects wheel spin.

Sport

The sport mode is optimal for twisty roads. The system makes maximal use of four-wheel drive in accordance with accelerator inputs. At low and mid-range engine speeds, the system alters the accelerator/torque characteristics to optimise engine response and cornering performance.

Snow

The snow mode is optimal for snowy, unpaved, and other slippery surfaces. The system uses four-wheel drive by default. It optimises four-wheel drive control in accordance with steering and accelerator inputs to promote traction and stability on low friction surfaces.

Lock

The Lock mode is for extricating the car from snow, mud or sand. The system incorporates a control device which engages permanent four wheel drive. This mode also helps brake any slipping wheel and transfers torque to the gripping wheels.

4WD Control

On conventional full time 4WD vehicles, feedback control allocates torque to the rear wheels after detecting front wheel drive slippage

On Vitara, as well as offering feedback control it also offers feed forward control that anticipates slippage based on road surface, throttle opening position, steering angle and other factors. In summary, rather than reacting after grip is lost, it controls the vehicle to prevent grip from being lost which results in greater stability.

Hill Hold Control

Available as standard equipment on all Vitara models, Hill Hold Control makes hill starts much easier by preventing the vehicle from rolling backwards for two seconds as soon as the driver removes his or her foot from the brake to the accelerator pedal.

Hill Descent Control

This system is fitted as standard on all ALLGRIP Select models. When the vehicle is travelling down a steep downward slope and engine braking is not sufficient to slow the vehicle, Hill Descent Control will automatically apply the brakes to restrict vehicle speed, thus allowing the driver to maintain full control and concentrate on steering the car safely.

Safety – Vitara Range

The Suzuki Vitara is rated one of Europe‘s safest cars according to independent crash testing results from Euro NCAP, and received the maximum 5-star rating. At launch in 2015, Vitara was also the first compact SUV to earn five stars in the more rigorous Euro NCAP testing programme which reinforced the exemplary level of safety of the model.

Safety equipment

The Vitara’s active safety equipment includes a Radar Brake Support (RBS) system on SZ5 and S models.  When travelling above approximately 3mph and the system detects a risk of collision with the vehicle in front, it warns the driver to apply the brakes. At higher speeds and if it senses the possibility of a collision, it warns the driver with a buzzer and also via a notification on the multi information display. The system warning can also be set for either Far or Near distance via a button on the dashboard.

If the probability of a collision has increased, the system activates brake assist which increases the braking force during emergency braking. If the system determines that a collision is unavoidable, it applies the brakes automatically.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system

The Vitara’s ACC system fitted as standard on S and SZ5 models combines cruise control technology with the RBS system’s milliwave radar to make driving easier and more relaxing. The system uses radar to measure the distance to the vehicle in front and automatically adjusts road speed to maintain any of three driver selected headway distances.

If there is a sufficient distance from the vehicle ahead, the Vitara travels at the set input speed. If the vehicle in front is travelling slower the set speed will automatically reduce to allow sufficient distance to be be maintained. Once the millimetre wave sensor detects that the vehicle in front has departed from the lane in front the vehicle will automatically reaccelerate to the input set speed.

Body dimensions

The Vitara’s SUV packaging combines generous minimum ground clearance of 185mm with large, 215/55R17 tyres on SZ-T, SZ5 and S grades. Plus, an 18.2° approach angle and a 28.2° departure angle help assist the driver in various off road conditions.

The luggage area has a capacity of 375 litres (VDA) with the rear seat in its upright position and the rear seat and luggage board can also be repositioned to suit luggage requirements.

S-Cross

  • ALLGRIP models available with all three engines – showcasing Suzuki’s 4WD technology.
  • Available with either 1.0-litre or 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engines or 1.6-litre DDiS engines offering class leading emissions and low fuel consumption.
  • 0-litre three cylinder Boosterjet engine offers nine per cent more torque than the outgoing 1.6-litre petrol with 11 per cent lower CO2 emissions and 10 per cent improved combined fuel consumption.

The S-Cross first went on sale in October 2013 and the major facelifted model was introduced three years later with more distinctive and upright front end styling offering a stronger and bolder road presence. Ground clearance is slightly higher at 180mm versus 165mm and new design headlamps help provide both higher efficiency and a sharper look. At the rear, newly designed LED rear combination lamps are used to provide a cleaner and more contemporary style.

The highly acclaimed Boosterjet engines first utilised in the Vitara S and Baleno models were also introduced to demonstrate Suzuki once again as a true expert in the field of fun to drive crossover and four wheel drive cars.

Equipment specification

All SZ4 models are equipped as standard with seven airbags, ESP, Bluetooth, air conditioning, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control with speed limiter, air conditioning, heated door mirrors, black protective skid plates and black wheel arch extensions.

SZ-T adds LED Projector Headlamps, satellite navigation with DAB digital radio, polished 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking camera, front and rear parking proximity sensors, Dual Zone automatic air conditioning, front fog lamps, rear privacy glass, silver roof rails and silver skid plates. Suzuki introduced the SZ-T model specifically with Fleet buyers in mind, although it is available to retail customers as well.

Equipment for the top of the range SZ5 model includes Radar Brake Support (RBS), leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, double sliding panoramic sunroof and aluminium roof rails.

Safety

Light but impact absorbing body and various safety features with 5-star Euro NCAP rating.

The S-Cross gives both drivers and passenger’s peace of mind in everyday motoring by means of its superior stability and comprehensive active and passive safety features. It also incorporates a range of standard safety features which protect pedestrians.

BOOSTERJET Engine

Suzuki’s Boosterjet petrol engine technology was first utilised in Vitara as a 1.4-litre unit earlier in 2016. After the debut of the three cylinder Boosterjet 1.0-litre unit in the Baleno this engine technology was included for the Facelift S-Cross. Offering the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (1.8-litre), it delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure.

This unit has an output of 111PS and is also Direct Injection turbocharged (DITC). The engine has very compact dimensions and offers 170Nm of torque available from 2,000rpm through to 3,500rpm. The 1.0-litre engine offers nine per cent more torque than the outgoing 1.6-litre petrol together with 11 per cent lower CO2 emissions and 10 per cent improved combined fuel consumption.

The 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine has a power output of 140PS and offers 220Nm of torque available from just 1,500rpm which is 41 per cent more than the 1.6-litre engine. This engine is also 17 per cent more powerful and four per cent more economical versus the 1.6-litre unit.

The 1.4-litre engine offers strong benefits in performance too with a 0-62mph acceleration time of 10.2 seconds for both manual and automatic transmissions and a maximum speed (where permitted) of 124mph. The 1.4 Boosterjet engine is available in SZ5 and as standard with ALLGRIP 4-wheel drive.

1.6-litre diesel engine

The 1.6-litre DDiS engine has a torque output of 320Nm from just 1,750rpm and uses a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT). The VGT gives optimal forced induction by controlling the flow of exhaust gases in accordance with the engine speed, thereby helping to achieve high torque, low fuel consumption and low particulate emissions.

Manual transmissions

A five speed manual transmission is fitted as standard for the 1.0 litre Boosterjet engine and a six-speed for the 1.4-litre engine. The 1.6-litre DDiS model also has six-speed manual transmission as standard. Each manual transmission’s gear ratios are optimised to help provide a good combination of performance and fuel economy. Additional measures include a shift lever counterweight to help provide a smooth, positive shift action.

Automatic transmission

A six-speed automatic transmission is available optionally for both Boosterjet engines. It has a wide gear ratio range to permit precise driver control and also helps provide quick response at low vehicle speeds (for instance, when pulling away from standstill or driving slowly uphill) The wide ratios also help the engine to run at lower rpm when cruising too. Additionally, a manual mode is fitted to enable the driver to change gear using shift paddles behind the steering wheel.

CO2 emissions

An Engine Auto Stop Start system is also used on all S-Cross models which shuts down the engine when stationary.

Four-wheel drive is typically seen as detrimental to fuel economy and emissions performance. By contrast, Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system enables CO2 emissions that are remarkably low for a four-wheel drive SUV. CO2 emissions for the 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol engine with manual transmission is just 119g/km for the 1.0-litre and 127g/km for the 1.4-litre. The optional automatic transmission equipped 1.4-litre model is only one gram higher.

The S-Cross with 1.6-litre DDiS engine and ALLGRIP has a figure of 114g/km.

ALLGRIP Select system

As already detailed in the Vitara section, the S-Cross also utilises the ALLGRIP Select four wheel drive system and is available as an option on 1.0-litre SZ-T and standard on 1.4-litre SZ5 and 1.6 DDiS SZ5 models. Suzuki evolved its renowned four wheel drive technologies into a new generation that delivers driving pleasure and peace of mind in diverse conditions while promoting economy and limiting the burden four wheel drive cars place on the environment.

Hill Hold Control

Available as standard equipment on all S-Cross models, Hill Hold Control makes hill starts much easier by preventing the vehicle from rolling backwards for two seconds as soon as the driver removes his or her foot from the brake to the accelerator pedal.

Safety

  • Comprehensive list of active and passive safety equipment
  • Five star Euro NCAP score
  • Seven airbags fitted as standard
  • Radar Brake Support system fitted as standard on SZ5 models.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control for more relaxed driving available on SZ5 models.

Safety equipment

The S-Cross’s active safety equipment includes a Radar Brake Support (RBS) system on the SZ5 model.  When travelling above approximately 3mph and the system detects a risk of collision with the vehicle in front, it warns the driver to apply the brakes. At higher speeds and if it senses the possibility of a collision, it warns the driver with a buzzer and also via a notification on the multi information display. The system warning can also be set for either Far or Near distance via a button on the dashboard.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system

The ACC system fitted as standard on the SZ5 model combines cruise control technology with the RBS system’s milliwave radar to make driving easier and more relaxing. The system uses radar to measure the distance to the vehicle in front and automatically adjusts road speed to maintain any of three driver selected headway distances.

If there is a sufficient distance from the vehicle ahead, the car travels at the set input speed. If the vehicle in front is travelling slower the set speed will automatically reduce to allow sufficient distance to be be maintained. Once the milliwave sensor detects that the vehicle in front has departed from the lane in front the vehicle will automatically reaccelerate to the input set speed.

Comfort and convenience

An overall length of 4,300mm and wheelbase of 2,600mm allow for plenty of cabin space and the distance between front and rear occupants is 814mm. The front seatbacks are shaped to give rear passengers plenty of knee clearance to help make long journeys relaxing and even with the rear seat in the fully upright position the S-Cross has a large luggage capacity of 430 litres.

Section 3 – ALLGRIP ‘PRO’

SUZUKI JIMNY: THE COMPACT 4x4 THAT’S BIG ON CHARACTER, SMALL ON PRICE

  • A genuine off-roader with push-button selectable four-wheel drive and high and low gear ratios
  • 47th Anniversary of Suzuki’s first compact SUV in 2017.
  • Global sales of 2.9million, sold across 188 global markets
  • Characterful and highly practical styling.
  • Fuel efficient 1.3 litre petrol engine with variable valve timing gives 39.8mpg combined fuel consumption and emissions of 162g/km (manual transmission)
  • Front fog lamps, roof rails, heated electric door mirrors, DAB radio and front electric windows standard on all versions
  • Higher specification SZ4 model available with either manual or optional automatic
  • SZ4 features synthetic leather/cloth front seats , air conditioning, alloy wheels, leather trim steering wheel and rear privacy glass as standard equipment.

Compact, practical and superb value for money, the Suzuki Jimny is a 4x4 for all. It is fun to drive and backs up its chunky looks with honest performance off the beaten track as well as in the cut and thrust of urban traffic.

Recent Model History in the UK

Jimny received some styling updates back in 2013 which included a new front bumper, grille and bonnet design incorporating a central air intake as well as repositioned front fog lamps. These updates resulted in the Jimny growing in length – but only by 30mm, ensuring Jimny remained the most compact SUV on sale in the UK.

Further refinements added the year after were a new design instrument cluster that includes a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) for added safety as well as a Gear Shift Indicator (GSI) to help the driver keep fuel consumption to a minimum. ESC (Electronic Stability Control) was added as standard equipment in 2015.

In March 2016, Jimny Adventure was introduced with a limited production run of just 200 units with all finding owners very quickly. It was based on the popular high specification SZ4 model which includes Dark Silver 15-inch alloy wheels, synthetic leather seats, air conditioning and rear privacy glass as standard and then adds unique features including full screen satellite navigation with Bluetooth connectivity, hard spare wheel cover with ‘Adventure’ logo as well as individual Pearl White Metallic / Quasar Grey 2-Tone paint finish.

Jimny has built up an established, tough and capable reputation amongst its 26,000 loyal owners in the UK with many now on their third or even fourth car in succession. Durability was certainly put to the test back in 2014 when long standing Suzuki owner and enthusiast Les Carvall and three friends drove two Jimnys around the world on their ‘Heaven can wait I’m busy’ charity expedition. Starting in Southampton, the four month long Global tour clocked up over 18,500 miles across some very challenging terrain and both cars returned unscathed with no reliability faults to report. 

Jimny has a neat and practical look and since sales began in 1998 owners enjoy a quirky alternative to a supermini or crossover SUV.  The Jimny exceeds expectations off road whilst still being more than capable in any urban area, ideal for customers who want the best of both worlds. 

The all-alloy 16 valve 1.3 litre engine benefits from variable valve timing, ensuring lively performance, and strong fuel economy. Maximum output is 85PS, with 81lbft of torque delivered at 4,100 rpm; a flat torque curve means near maximum torque is delivered from as low as 2,500 rpm, giving Jimny the kind of flexible driving character and pulling power that are integral to a successful SUV.

The manual transmission model returns an official 39.8mpg in combined cycle driving (38.7mpg for the automatic); respective CO2 outputs are 162 and 167g/km.

Bright, rational design inside and out

The youthful, ‘wheel in each corner’ styling has helped Jimny develop a loyal following, appreciative of its characterful appearance. It’s neat, practical look is enhanced by curving body panels, body-side protective mouldings and bumpers, all colour coded to match or contrast with the paint finish. Integral roof rails emphasise the roof contours, and can be teamed with a range of accessories for secure carrying of items such as skis, bikes and surfboards.

Practical specifications

Jimny offers a good level of standard equipment across two trim levels: SZ3 and SZ4.

The entry level SZ3 models include the following specification; front fog lamps, roof rails, remote central locking, ABS with EBD, push button selectable four-wheel drive with high and low ratios and automatic freewheeling hubs.

SZ4 models add air conditioning; Dark Silver 15-inch alloy wheels,  Black and Silver-finish roof rails, leather steering wheel trim, chrome plated interior door handles and rear privacy glass.

Smart in the city, tough in the rough

With its practical character, compact size and value price tag, Jimny stands as an ideal choice for those motorists looking to explore the adventure of 4x4 motoring for the first time. Its rugged and distinctive styling, separate body-on-chassis construction, all-round coil suspension and ALLGRIP PRO 4x4 system equip it to tackle much tougher driving conditions than many “soft-roader” SUVs.

All body panels are made of high-tensile galvanised steel and are mounted to the separate chassis, which provides a rigid basis for the whole vehicle.

Jimny’s firmly planted stance gives it a presence that belies its compact dimensions. An overall length of 3,675mm, width of 1,600mm, a high driving position and a tight 9.8m turning circle allow it to be manoeuvred about town and parked with ease in tight spaces. 

The driving position is high and commands an excellent all-round view. All on board enjoy plenty of headroom, increasing the sense of spaciousness created by the large glass area. Rearward visibility is aided by large, electrically operated door mirrors and a spare wheel mounted low on the rear door.

Access to the rear is made easier thanks to a front passenger seat that slides well forward, wide-opening doors and low sills. Rear seat passengers are provided with armrests, storage for small items and a cup holder. Additional cup holders are located in the centre console between the front seats.  The rear seat backs are split 50:50 and can be reclined and also fully folded forward to open up the luggage area when required.

Tried-and-tested chassis

Since its launch in the UK in 1998, Jimny’s separate, full box-section chassis has established a strong reputation for durability and toughness.

The rigid front and rear axles are attached to the chassis by a three-link arrangement, with an anti-roll bar fitted at the front. This well-proven design, controlled by long-travel coil springs and gas dampers, is configured to cope with the demands of rough surfaces, while ensuring a refined and compliant ride on conventional roads.

Suzuki's ALLGRIP Pro system features a transfer box with high or low ratio four-wheel drive. The freewheeling front hubs are engaged automatically and four-wheel drive can be selected on the move while travelling in a straight line at speeds of up to 62 mph. Jimny is fundamentally designed to cope with off-road conditions with 190mm ground clearance, approach and departure angles of 34° and 46° respectively, and a ramp angle of 31°.

Jimny’s chassis offers extreme rigidity in the event of a collision and is designed to absorb energy from all directions in a controlled manner. Progressive, reassuring braking performance is provided by large front discs and rear drums, supported by ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution).

Airbags for driver and front passenger, side impact protection beams and height adjustable front seat belt anchorages are all standard, and the powerful multi-reflector halogen headlamps are complemented by the front bumper-mounted fog lamps.

Accessories

A wide range of Suzuki Genuine Accessories are available including a chromed front grill trim which can be complemented with matching trims for the front headlamps and door handles to give a more pronounced presence on the road. More sports focused customers can select a rear upper spoiler and aluminium running board set as well as a polished stainless steel muffler extension and three different options of alloy wheels. 

With drivers looking for added practicality from their Jimny, Suzuki also offers a detachable tow bar, cycle carrier and a multi roof rack for increased load capacity.

Additional exterior accessory options include a front skid plate, rear upper spoiler, side and bumper protection sets and a choice of moulded or flexible mud flap sets.  For the interior, a four piece carpet mat or rubber mat set and centre armrest with an integrated storage compartment are also available.

Also featuring in the Suzuki Genuine Accessories range is a partition grille, which is suitable for use as a dog guard. This can be combined with a large size, robust load liner to enable owners to further enhance practicality and protect the interior.

ENDS.

GENERAL

SUZUKI ALLGRIP TECHNOLOGY - 2017

FIVE 4X4 EQUIPPED MODELS FROM IGNIS TO S-CROSS.

Suzuki has five out of seven different models in its range that have ALLGRIP four wheel drive capability either as standard or as an optional drivetrain choice.  In order to more clearly explain the different levels of technology these have been designated into three categories. These are Allgrip ‘Auto’ for Ignis and Swift; Allgrip ‘Select’ for Vitara and S-Cross models and Allgrip ‘Pro’ for Jimny incorporating high and low gear ratios. ALLGRIP models account for more than 25 per cent of Suzuki sales in the UK and Suzuki offers seven of the top 10 most fuel efficient lower cost 4-wheel drive cars on sale in the UK.

Section 1 – IGNIS with Allgrip ‘Auto’

  • Ignis compact crossover model – on sale in the UK since January 2017.
  • 90PS 1.2-litre four cylinder Dualjet engine.
  • SZ5 ALLGRIP model includes Suzuki’s SHVS mild hybrid system (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) offering CO2 emissions of 106g/km and combined fuel consumption of 60.1mpg.
  • Latest development in High Tensile steel construction results in a very low kerb weight of just 920kg for SZ5 ALLGRIP model.
  • Six airbags fitted as standard on all Ignis models.
  • Air conditioning, DAB Radio and Bluetooth fitted as standard on all Ignis models.

Suzuki is well established globally for its expertise in small cars and the new Ignis compact crossover was launched to high acclaim in early 2017. Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the new Ignis for Europe at the 2016 Paris Motor Show as its new global compact crossover and it clearly demonstrates convenience and comfort in a stylish new exterior. Ignis features excellent visibility, an easy to drive size, spacious cabin and ample luggage space.

Latest Platform Strategy

Under the ‘SUZUKI NEXT 100’ plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Suzuki developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the Ignis was the second model (following Baleno) with this new generation platform to be introduced in Europe, this was followed by the new Swift in June 2017.

This new platform targets the reduction of weight as well as further increased rigidity. For the Ignis, body rigidity was enhanced by approximately 10 per cent and with the use of a new structure and very high tensile steel the total vehicle weight has been reduced by around 15 per cent. Even the heaviest Ignis model with ALLGRIP has a kerb weight of just 920kg.

Capacity

Adopting Suzuki’s new generation light weight platform strategy minimised the size of the engine compartment which has enabled maximising the space available for cabin occupants and luggage. Within its compact body size, Ignis features a roomy and comfortable cabin with ample space between occupants, ample headroom and legroom contributing to its relaxing environment.

Another feature is large-capacity luggage space of 267L (SZ3)*, (204L* for ALLGRIP model utilising a rear differential). On SZ-T and SZ5 models it also adopts sliding rear seat functionality that combined with the ability to fold down the rear seatbacks, makes it possible to accommodate a wide variety of luggage. *VDA method.

Visibility

With 180mm of minimum ground clearance, the Ignis enhances driving performance on rough roads, while also enabling a higher seating position for clearer visibility. The slightly higher seat position also contributes to the ease of entering and exiting the car.

Specification Highlights

A full equipment table for the new Ignis is listed on the final pages of this press pack. 

Standard equipment for all Ignis models in the range is comprehensive and the SZ3 model includes six airbags, air conditioning, DAB radio with Bluetooth, 15-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors, front electric windows and five seat capacity. 

SZ-T adds smatrtphone link display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear view camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, wheel arch extensions and four seat capacity with individually sliding rear seats.

SZ5 2WD and ALLGRIP models add auto air conditioning, satellite navigation, Dual Camera Brake Support, keyless entry and start, rear electric windows, LED Headlghts with DRL and front foglamps.

Engine

1.2-litre Dualjet

Suzuki first introduced its 90PS 1.2-litre Dualjet technlogy (K12C) in 2014, initially in the Swift, and then utilised in the Baleno model in June 2016. In summary, Dualjet incorporates Suzuki’s latest engine technology and uses twin fuel injectors for improved fuel economy. Utilising Dualjet design that positions the fuel injectors very close to the engine inlet valves allows for a finer fuel atomisation (or mixture) which in turn provides a more effective transfer into the cylinder. 

SHVS

Available for the SZ5 manual models, the SHVS mild hybrid is a compact and lightweight unit that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor, the ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking.

The energy assistance provided during acceleration enables the SHVS to be known as a mild hybrid system which is ideally suited to a compact car and adds just 6.2kg to the overall weight.

The ISG generates electricity more efficiently than a conventional alternator through regenerative braking which is the term given to the transfer of kinetic heat energy into electrical energy. The ISG unit detects this as soon as the brake pedal is depressed and recharges both the 12 volt lithium-ion battery and conventional 12 volt battery.

4WD (ALLGRIP Auto)

The Ignis adopts Suzuki’s ALLGRIP ‘Auto’ four-wheel drive system. First introduced in Swift in 2014, this is a well proven and simple fully automatic and permanent four-wheel drive layout which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling, further enhancing the already highly acclaimed cornering ability of the Ignis.  It is also an ideal choice for customers living in rural areas who may need additional mobility across rougher terrain or for crossing slippery surfaces during winter months without owning a more conventional SUV sized vehicle.

The viscous coupling essentially takes on the role of a centre differential to connect the front and rear axles and is made up of two sets of annular metal plates which rotate in a casing containing a high viscosity silicon type fluid. In normal operating conditions the plates will turn at the same rate but when wheel slippage occurs the silicon fluid will quickly become highly viscous when heated by increased friction and shear caused by differences between the movements of the plates.

In summary, one part of the viscous coupling is connected to the driving axle and one part to the driven axle. When the front wheels spin the centre viscous coupling locks due to friction and shear caused by the differences in motion of the plates which will then rapidly transfer more torque to the rear axle.

Enhancements to the Ignis ALLGRIP ‘Auto’ system include Hill Descent Control and Grip Control. Grip Control activates on slippery surfaces at speeds of less than 18mph. Once switched on by the driver, it focuses torque on the driven wheels that have grip and will quickly apply braking to the wheel that is spinning.

Hill Descent Control activates once switched on by the driver and when the vehicle is travelling on an incline at under approximately 15mph in first or second gear.

Thanks to the use of small and lightweight components Ignis ALLGRIP is just 50kg heavier than its equivalent 2WD model and emissions are only 9g/km higher at 106g/km. Due to the location of the rear differential for the 4WD system, the luggage capacity is 204 litres versus 260 litres for the 2WD model. 

Safety equipment

The Ignis adopts Suzuki‘s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) concept that provides a high level of collision safety. Some of the features include collapsible structures that absorb impact energy in the event of a collision, a frame structure that effectively disperses impact energy, and rigid cabin structure.

Other safety features include ESP® (Electronic Stability Program), which helps ensure stability while driving, along with front, side and curtain airbags to protect occupants in the event of a collision from the front or side.

As an additional safety feature, stereo cameras mounted on each side of the drivers interior rear view mirror, function in a similar way to the human eye, detecting lane markings as well as objects ahead (including pedestrians) and also their distance away. Based on the size and shape of the object, the cameras can determine whether it is a pedestrian or another vehicle. These capabilities enable the inclusion of the following three advanced safety functions:

  • Dual Camera Brake Support (DCBS) on SZ5 models: When travelling above approximately 3mph and the system detects a risk of collision with the vehicle in front, it warns the driver to apply the brakes. At higher speeds if it senses the possibility of a collision, it warns the driver with a buzzer and also via a notification on the multi information display. The system warning can also be set for either Far or Near distance via a button on the dashboard.
  • Lane departure warning function: When the vehicle is travelling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph or above and is departing the lane without the driver using a turn signal, the system vibrates the steering wheel and lights a warning indicator in the instrument cluster to draw attention to lane departures caused by factors such as inattention to the road.
  • Weaving alert function: When the vehicle is traveling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph or above and is weaving from side to side within a lane, the system sounds a warning buzzer and lights an indicator on the instrument panel. This quickly draws the driver’s attention to weaving caused by drowsiness or other factors.

Convenience

The Ignis SZT and SZ5 models have two individual rear seats that can slide 165mm to provide either greater luggage capacity or more rear passenger leg room; additionally, the seat backrests have a two position recline function. The luggage capacity increases to 514 litres with both rear seats folded and can be as high as 1,100 litres if fully loaded to the roof line.

Hill Hold Control

Available on all SZ5 models, Hill Hold Control makes hill starts much easier by preventing the vehicle from rolling backwards for two seconds as soon as the driver removes his or her foot from the brake to the accelerator pedal.

SWIFT with ALLGRIP ‘Auto’

  • All-new Swift – on sale in the UK and Republic of Ireland since June 2017.
  • Up to 10 per cent lighter, 19 per cent more powerful and 8 per cent more fuel efficient than outgoing model.
  • ALLGRIP ‘Auto’ system available on SZ5 model with 1.2-litre 90PS 1.2-litre four-cylinder Dualjet engine offering CO2 emissions of 101g/km and combined fuel consumption of 62.8mpg.
  • Third model utilising Suzuki’s ‘HEARTECT’ lightweight platform strategy – kerb weight of just 980kg for SZ5 ALLGRIP model.
  • Six airbags, Air conditioning, DAB Radio, privacy glass, LED daytime running lights and Bluetooth fitted as standard on all new Swift models.
  • SZ-T adds smartphone link display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear view camera, front fog lamps and 16-inch alloy wheels.
  • SZ5 adds auto air conditioning, satellite navigation, LED headlamps, polished 16-inch alloy wheels, rear electric windows, Dual Sensor Brake Support and Adaptive Cruise Control.
  • Global Swift sales of 5.4 million units since 2005
  • Manufactured for Europe at the Sagara plant in Japan.

Following on from its launch in the Japanese domestic market late last year, Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the new Swift for Europe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as its all new global compact supermini. The new Swift represents an automotive advancement aimed at uplifting the driver through succession, evolution and innovation.

It carries forward the Swift DNA while adopting completely new styling and a performance-enhancing extremely light body with advanced safety technologies. The result is exterior European flair complemented by a sporty and functional interior, nimble and agile driving, and enhanced peace of mind.

In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,840mm long, the new Swift  features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. The development goal was to create an all new hatchback styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki.

New-generation platform ‘HEARTECT’

Under the ‘SUZUKI NEXT 100’ plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Suzuki  developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the Swift is now the third model (following Baleno and IGNIS) to adopt this new generation platform and be introduced in Europe.

This new platform or underbody of Swift is now 30kg lighter which has contributed to the car registering a 120kg lighter overall kerb weight.

The new Swift is 10mm shorter than the outgoing model, while its wheelbase is 20mm longer, creating more interior room including 20 per cent more luggage capacity at 265L, or 54 litres more than the previous Swift. It is 15mm lower and 40mm wider, further accentuating its low and wide stance. The European Swift is 40mm wider and has a wider track than the Japanese Domestic model.

Capacity

Adopting Suzuki’s new generation platform strategy minimised the size of the engine compartment which has enabled maximising the space available for cabin occupants and luggage. Within its compact body size, Swift features a roomy and comfortable cabin with ample space between occupants, ample headroom and legroom contributing to its relaxing environment. The luggage capacity with rear seats raised is 265L which is 25 per cent larger than the outgoing model.

Development of New Swift - Put Through Its Paces in Europe

Testing of the chassis, which is the centrepiece of the new Swift’s evolution, began in January 2016 in the United Kingdom and Germany. Covering a total of more than 6,000 miles, the teams tested as many as 90 different suspension prototypes in an effort to meet the need for optimum steering feel together with providing supple and agile suspension for British roads.

This was combined with the demand for high-speed steering stability and riding comfort on winding German roads as well as the Autobahn. Damping force has been seperately tuned for both 2WD and ALLGRIP Auto equipped models.

Specification Highlights

Standard equipment for all models in the range is comprehensive and all models include six airbags, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, privacy glass, DAB radio with Bluetooth and four speakers, LED daytime running lights, 15-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors and front electric windows.  SZ3 and SZ-T models are available with 2WD only.

Specification for the SZ5 2WD and ALLGRIP adds auto air conditioning, 16-inch polished alloy wheels, satellite navigation, Advanced forward detection system, keyless entry and start, rear electric windows, LED Headlamps, LED Combination rear lamps, adaptive cruise control and six speakers. A full equipment table is listed at the end of this press pack.

1.2-litre Dualjet with SHVS

Suzuki first introduced its 1.2-litre (K12C) Dualjet technlogy in 2014, initially in the Swift and then in Baleno in June 2016. This technology is utilised for the new Swift and includes the addition of SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) when specified on the SZ5 model.

In summary, Dualjet incorporates Suzuki’s latest engine technology and uses twin fuel injectors for improved fuel economy. Utilising Dualjet design that positions the fuel injectors very close to the engine inlet valves allows for a finer fuel atomisation (or mixture) which in turn provides a more effective transfer into the cylinder. 

The maximum power output is 90PS with a torque figure of 120Nm at 4,400rpm. Acceleration time to 62mph is 12.6 seconds for the SHVS ALLGRIP equipped model.

SHVS

Fitted as standard on the SZ5 ALLGRIP model, the SHVS mild hybrid system is a compact and lightweight system that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor, the ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking.

As detailed for the IGNIS model, the system also uses a compact high performance 12V lithium-ion battery placed under the front passenger seat to store energy and incorporates an idle stop function operated via the Integrated Start Generator. The SHVS system only uses its conventional engine starter motor when first started from cold, under all other conditions it uses the ISG unit to allow smooth and quiet engine restarts.

4WD

As already detailed for the Ignis model, the new Swift also adopts Suzuki’s ALLGRIP Auto four-wheel drive system and is available as an option on the SZ5 model with 1.2-litre engine. First introduced in the previous generation Swift in 2014 this is a well proven and simple fully automatic and permanent four-wheel drive layout which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling.  The only differences for Swift is that it excludes the Grip control and Hill Descent Control functions fitted as standard equipment on IGNIS ALLGRIP.

Advanced Forward Detection System

The Swift SZ5 features Suzuki’s first use of an advanced forward detection system that combines a monocular camera and a laser sensor for advanced safety functions, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and high beam assist. It also uses millimetre-wave radar to enable adaptive cruise control.

The advanced forward detection system monocular camera excels at mid to long distance detection and also recognition of traffic elements including pedestrians and lane markers. The laser sensor excels at monitoring shorter distance hazards and also night vision detection.

Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) – SZ5 Grade.

The advanced forward detection system supports numerous safety technologies, chief among which is collision-mitigating Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS). With DSBS, at vehicle speeds from approximately 3mph to 62mph, if the system determines a risk of collision with a forward obstacle, it issues both an audio and visual warning. If there is a high risk of collision with a forward obstacle and the driver panic brakes, the system deploys brake assist, increasing braking force. If the risk of a collision increases even more, the system applies full automatic braking in an effort to avoid the collision or reduce damage.

High beam assist

At speeds of 25mph or higher, high beam assist is designed to automatically switch the headlights between “High” and “Low”, depending on the presence of other vehicles and also the lighting environment.

Adaptive cruise control

When there is a vehicle in front, the adaptive cruise control system uses millimetre-wave radar to gauge the distance to it and automatically maintains vehicle-to-vehicle distance in line with the setting selected out of three possible settings. When there is no vehicle in front, the system maintains the speed (from 25mph to 100mph where permitted) as input by the driver. 

Lane departure warning function

When the vehicle is travelling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph or above and is departing the lane without the driver using a turn signal, the system vibrates the steering wheel and lights a warning indicator in the instrument cluster to draw attention to lane departures caused by factors such as inattention to the road.

Weaving alert function

When the vehicle is traveling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph or above and is weaving from side to side within a lane, the system sounds a warning buzzer and lights an indicator on the instrument panel. This quickly draws the driver’s attention to weaving caused by drowsiness or other factors.

Advanced Multi-information display – SZ5 grade

The SZ5 model is equipped with a 4.2 inch high-definition colour LCD display that shows a range of information including engine output and torque data, fuel consumption, average speed, acceleration and brake operation as well as driving G-force tracking. For the SHVS model an energy flow diagram is also included.

Display audio system with navigation and smartphone connectivity

The audio system for both SZ-T and SZ5 models has a Smartphone Linkage Display Audio  (SLDA) with a large seven inch touch panel display that enables intuitive operation. On the SZ5 grade a three dimensional navigation map makes landmarks easy to distinguish and the system also allows the driver to use certain smartphone applications with MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connection.

The all new Swift went on sale in the UK on June 1st 2017 with all three grades and both 2WD and ALLGRIP models available from launch.

Section 2 – ALLGRIP Select. (Vitara and S-Cross models)

  • Vitara – on sale in the UK since May 2015 with ‘S’ ALLGRIP model launched in January 2016.
  • ALLGRIP Select intelligent four wheel drive fitted as standard equipment on S grade, optional on SZ-T and SZ5 models.
  • ‘S’ model with 140PS Boosterjet Direct Injection Turbocharged petrol engine (DITC) offers a wide spread of torque available from just 1,500rpm – 41 per cent more than the 1.6-litre engine.
  • Seven airbags including Drivers Knee Airbag fitted as standard on all Vitara models.
  • Bluetooth, DAB Radio and alloy wheels fitted as standard on all models.
  • Radar Brake Support and Adaptive Cruise Control fitted as standard to SZ5 and S grades.

Ever since its market launch in 1988, the Suzuki Vitara series has earned high acclaim for stylish, city oriented designs, compact and easy to manage dimensions, good on-road performance and genuine off-road capability. The series has evolved through changes in body size and powertrain.

Seven months after the UK launch of Vitara in May 2015, Suzuki introduced the S model which provides a  more sporting and dynamic character to the line up. Vitara is a very popular model in the range with over 24,000 units sold since launch. 

Specification Highlights

Standard equipment for all Vitara models is comprehensive and the SZ4 model includes seven airbags, alloy wheels, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with speed limiter, auto air conditioning and front and rear electric windows. 

SZ-T adds 17-inch silver painted alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, Smartphone link audio and navigation system.

Moving up to SZ5 adds LED Projector headlights, 17-inch polished alloy wheels, suede seat fabric, keyless entry with start button, Adaptive Cruise Control, Radar Brake Support and Panoramic sunroof.

The S model is equipped with 17-inch Gloss black alloy wheels, unique grille design, satin silver door mirrors, rear upper spoiler and black side body mouldings. For the interior the sporting theme continues with red interior stitching, red air conditioning vent and instrument accents and aluminium alloy pedals.

Boosterjet Engine

The S model with 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine and standard ALLGRIP 4-wheel drive was the first Suzuki to be launched that utilised Boosterjet technology petrol engine which in Vitara is a 140PS 1.4-litre Direct Injection turbocharged unit (DITC). This engine has compact dimensions and offers 220Nm of torque available from just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm.

The Boosterjet engine is a Suzuki unit that is characterised by improved fuel efficiency and driving pleasure made possible by using a small displacement, high torque turbocharger.

During development, Suzuki’s engineers virtually eliminated the typical delay in turbo power delivery or ‘lag’ by installing the specially developed compact turbo charger attached directly to the cylinder head as well as incorporating the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head casting.

The 1.4-litre engine offers strong benefits in performance too with a 0-62mph acceleration time of 10.2 seconds for both manual and automatic transmissions and a maximum speed, where permitted, of 124mph.

With the normally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine, friction reductions combined with weight savings in the engine and related components help to achieve good fuel economy together with a power output of 120PS and 156Nm of torque available at 4,400rpm. For the DDiS engine, an EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system and an electronically controlled VGT (Variable Geometry Turbocharger) help achieve powerful performance and torque together with very low emissions, with 320Nm of torque is available from just 1,750rpm.

Manual transmissions

A six-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard for the 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine and a five-speed for the 1.6-litre petrol engine. The 1.6-litre DDiS model also has six-speed manual transmission as standard. Each manual transmission’s gear ratios are optimised to help provide a good combination of performance and fuel economy. Additional measures include a shift lever counterweight to help provide a smooth, positive shift action.

Automatic transmission

A six-speed automatic transmission is available optionally for the 1.4-litre Boosterjet and 1.6-litre petrol engines. It has a wide gear ratio range to permit precise driver control and which also helps provide quick response at low vehicle speeds (for instance, when pulling away from standstill or driving slowly uphill) The wide ratios also help the engine to run at lower rpm when cruising too. 

CO2 emissions

The Vitara’s CO2 emissions are low thanks to the use of high tensile steel and other weight saving measures in the body. This has resulted in the Vitara being one of the lightest SUV’s in it class at just 1,075 kg for the 1.6-litre two wheel drive models with manual transmission.

An Engine Auto Stop Start system is also used which shuts down the engine when stationary.

Four-wheel drive is typically seen as detrimental to fuel economy and emissions performance. By contrast, Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system enables CO2 emissions that are remarkably low for a four-wheel drive SUV. CO2 emissions for the 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine with its standard ALLGRIP system and manual transmission is 127g/km and just one gram higher for the optional automatic transmission.

ALLGRIP Select system

Suzuki evolved its renowned four wheel drive technologies into a new generation that delivers driving pleasure and peace of mind in diverse conditions while promoting economy and limiting the burden four wheel drive cars place on the environment.

Suzuki’s ALLGRIP Select system is fitted as standard on the S and available as an option on SZT and SZ5 models. It has four driver-selectable modes for safe, enjoyable driving on diverse surfaces. It debuted in the S-Cross model in 2013 and has since proved very successful. In development, the Vitara ALLGRIP system was enhanced by the addition of a feed forward function that allocates torque to the rear wheels before any slippage can occur. The system’s four driver-selectable modes are as follows:

Auto

The auto mode prioritises fuel economy in typical driving conditions and uses two-wheel drive by default. It switches to four wheel drive if it detects wheel spin.

Sport

The sport mode is optimal for twisty roads. The system makes maximal use of four-wheel drive in accordance with accelerator inputs. At low and mid-range engine speeds, the system alters the accelerator/torque characteristics to optimise engine response and cornering performance.

Snow

The snow mode is optimal for snowy, unpaved, and other slippery surfaces. The system uses four-wheel drive by default. It optimises four-wheel drive control in accordance with steering and accelerator inputs to promote traction and stability on low friction surfaces.

Lock

The Lock mode is for extricating the car from snow, mud or sand. The system incorporates a control device which engages permanent four wheel drive. This mode also helps brake any slipping wheel and transfers torque to the gripping wheels.

4WD Control

On conventional full time 4WD vehicles, feedback control allocates torque to the rear wheels after detecting front wheel drive slippage

On Vitara, as well as offering feedback control it also offers feed forward control that anticipates slippage based on road surface, throttle opening position, steering angle and other factors. In summary, rather than reacting after grip is lost, it controls the vehicle to prevent grip from being lost which results in greater stability.

Hill Hold Control

Available as standard equipment on all Vitara models, Hill Hold Control makes hill starts much easier by preventing the vehicle from rolling backwards for two seconds as soon as the driver removes his or her foot from the brake to the accelerator pedal.

Hill Descent Control

This system is fitted as standard on all ALLGRIP Select models. When the vehicle is travelling down a steep downward slope and engine braking is not sufficient to slow the vehicle, Hill Descent Control will automatically apply the brakes to restrict vehicle speed, thus allowing the driver to maintain full control and concentrate on steering the car safely.

Safety – Vitara Range

The Suzuki Vitara is rated one of Europe‘s safest cars according to independent crash testing results from Euro NCAP, and received the maximum 5-star rating. At launch in 2015, Vitara was also the first compact SUV to earn five stars in the more rigorous Euro NCAP testing programme which reinforced the exemplary level of safety of the model.

Safety equipment

The Vitara’s active safety equipment includes a Radar Brake Support (RBS) system on SZ5 and S models.  When travelling above approximately 3mph and the system detects a risk of collision with the vehicle in front, it warns the driver to apply the brakes. At higher speeds and if it senses the possibility of a collision, it warns the driver with a buzzer and also via a notification on the multi information display. The system warning can also be set for either Far or Near distance via a button on the dashboard.

If the probability of a collision has increased, the system activates brake assist which increases the braking force during emergency braking. If the system determines that a collision is unavoidable, it applies the brakes automatically.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system

The Vitara’s ACC system fitted as standard on S and SZ5 models combines cruise control technology with the RBS system’s milliwave radar to make driving easier and more relaxing. The system uses radar to measure the distance to the vehicle in front and automatically adjusts road speed to maintain any of three driver selected headway distances.

If there is a sufficient distance from the vehicle ahead, the Vitara travels at the set input speed. If the vehicle in front is travelling slower the set speed will automatically reduce to allow sufficient distance to be be maintained. Once the millimetre wave sensor detects that the vehicle in front has departed from the lane in front the vehicle will automatically reaccelerate to the input set speed.

Body dimensions

The Vitara’s SUV packaging combines generous minimum ground clearance of 185mm with large, 215/55R17 tyres on SZ-T, SZ5 and S grades. Plus, an 18.2° approach angle and a 28.2° departure angle help assist the driver in various off road conditions.

The luggage area has a capacity of 375 litres (VDA) with the rear seat in its upright position and the rear seat and luggage board can also be repositioned to suit luggage requirements.

S-Cross

  • ALLGRIP models available with all three engines – showcasing Suzuki’s 4WD technology.
  • Available with either 1.0-litre or 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engines or 1.6-litre DDiS engines offering class leading emissions and low fuel consumption.
  • 0-litre three cylinder Boosterjet engine offers nine per cent more torque than the outgoing 1.6-litre petrol with 11 per cent lower CO2 emissions and 10 per cent improved combined fuel consumption.

The S-Cross first went on sale in October 2013 and the major facelifted model was introduced three years later with more distinctive and upright front end styling offering a stronger and bolder road presence. Ground clearance is slightly higher at 180mm versus 165mm and new design headlamps help provide both higher efficiency and a sharper look. At the rear, newly designed LED rear combination lamps are used to provide a cleaner and more contemporary style.

The highly acclaimed Boosterjet engines first utilised in the Vitara S and Baleno models were also introduced to demonstrate Suzuki once again as a true expert in the field of fun to drive crossover and four wheel drive cars.

Equipment specification

All SZ4 models are equipped as standard with seven airbags, ESP, Bluetooth, air conditioning, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control with speed limiter, air conditioning, heated door mirrors, black protective skid plates and black wheel arch extensions.

SZ-T adds LED Projector Headlamps, satellite navigation with DAB digital radio, polished 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking camera, front and rear parking proximity sensors, Dual Zone automatic air conditioning, front fog lamps, rear privacy glass, silver roof rails and silver skid plates. Suzuki introduced the SZ-T model specifically with Fleet buyers in mind, although it is available to retail customers as well.

Equipment for the top of the range SZ5 model includes Radar Brake Support (RBS), leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, double sliding panoramic sunroof and aluminium roof rails.

Safety

Light but impact absorbing body and various safety features with 5-star Euro NCAP rating.

The S-Cross gives both drivers and passenger’s peace of mind in everyday motoring by means of its superior stability and comprehensive active and passive safety features. It also incorporates a range of standard safety features which protect pedestrians.

BOOSTERJET Engine

Suzuki’s Boosterjet petrol engine technology was first utilised in Vitara as a 1.4-litre unit earlier in 2016. After the debut of the three cylinder Boosterjet 1.0-litre unit in the Baleno this engine technology was included for the Facelift S-Cross. Offering the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (1.8-litre), it delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure.

This unit has an output of 111PS and is also Direct Injection turbocharged (DITC). The engine has very compact dimensions and offers 170Nm of torque available from 2,000rpm through to 3,500rpm. The 1.0-litre engine offers nine per cent more torque than the outgoing 1.6-litre petrol together with 11 per cent lower CO2 emissions and 10 per cent improved combined fuel consumption.

The 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine has a power output of 140PS and offers 220Nm of torque available from just 1,500rpm which is 41 per cent more than the 1.6-litre engine. This engine is also 17 per cent more powerful and four per cent more economical versus the 1.6-litre unit.

The 1.4-litre engine offers strong benefits in performance too with a 0-62mph acceleration time of 10.2 seconds for both manual and automatic transmissions and a maximum speed (where permitted) of 124mph. The 1.4 Boosterjet engine is available in SZ5 and as standard with ALLGRIP 4-wheel drive.

1.6-litre diesel engine

The 1.6-litre DDiS engine has a torque output of 320Nm from just 1,750rpm and uses a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT). The VGT gives optimal forced induction by controlling the flow of exhaust gases in accordance with the engine speed, thereby helping to achieve high torque, low fuel consumption and low particulate emissions.

Manual transmissions

A five speed manual transmission is fitted as standard for the 1.0 litre Boosterjet engine and a six-speed for the 1.4-litre engine. The 1.6-litre DDiS model also has six-speed manual transmission as standard. Each manual transmission’s gear ratios are optimised to help provide a good combination of performance and fuel economy. Additional measures include a shift lever counterweight to help provide a smooth, positive shift action.

Automatic transmission

A six-speed automatic transmission is available optionally for both Boosterjet engines. It has a wide gear ratio range to permit precise driver control and also helps provide quick response at low vehicle speeds (for instance, when pulling away from standstill or driving slowly uphill) The wide ratios also help the engine to run at lower rpm when cruising too. Additionally, a manual mode is fitted to enable the driver to change gear using shift paddles behind the steering wheel.

CO2 emissions

An Engine Auto Stop Start system is also used on all S-Cross models which shuts down the engine when stationary.

Four-wheel drive is typically seen as detrimental to fuel economy and emissions performance. By contrast, Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system enables CO2 emissions that are remarkably low for a four-wheel drive SUV. CO2 emissions for the 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol engine with manual transmission is just 119g/km for the 1.0-litre and 127g/km for the 1.4-litre. The optional automatic transmission equipped 1.4-litre model is only one gram higher.

The S-Cross with 1.6-litre DDiS engine and ALLGRIP has a figure of 114g/km.

ALLGRIP Select system

As already detailed in the Vitara section, the S-Cross also utilises the ALLGRIP Select four wheel drive system and is available as an option on 1.0-litre SZ-T and standard on 1.4-litre SZ5 and 1.6 DDiS SZ5 models. Suzuki evolved its renowned four wheel drive technologies into a new generation that delivers driving pleasure and peace of mind in diverse conditions while promoting economy and limiting the burden four wheel drive cars place on the environment.

Hill Hold Control

Available as standard equipment on all S-Cross models, Hill Hold Control makes hill starts much easier by preventing the vehicle from rolling backwards for two seconds as soon as the driver removes his or her foot from the brake to the accelerator pedal.

Safety

  • Comprehensive list of active and passive safety equipment
  • Five star Euro NCAP score
  • Seven airbags fitted as standard
  • Radar Brake Support system fitted as standard on SZ5 models.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control for more relaxed driving available on SZ5 models.

Safety equipment

The S-Cross’s active safety equipment includes a Radar Brake Support (RBS) system on the SZ5 model.  When travelling above approximately 3mph and the system detects a risk of collision with the vehicle in front, it warns the driver to apply the brakes. At higher speeds and if it senses the possibility of a collision, it warns the driver with a buzzer and also via a notification on the multi information display. The system warning can also be set for either Far or Near distance via a button on the dashboard.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system

The ACC system fitted as standard on the SZ5 model combines cruise control technology with the RBS system’s milliwave radar to make driving easier and more relaxing. The system uses radar to measure the distance to the vehicle in front and automatically adjusts road speed to maintain any of three driver selected headway distances.

If there is a sufficient distance from the vehicle ahead, the car travels at the set input speed. If the vehicle in front is travelling slower the set speed will automatically reduce to allow sufficient distance to be be maintained. Once the milliwave sensor detects that the vehicle in front has departed from the lane in front the vehicle will automatically reaccelerate to the input set speed.

Comfort and convenience

An overall length of 4,300mm and wheelbase of 2,600mm allow for plenty of cabin space and the distance between front and rear occupants is 814mm. The front seatbacks are shaped to give rear passengers plenty of knee clearance to help make long journeys relaxing and even with the rear seat in the fully upright position the S-Cross has a large luggage capacity of 430 litres.

Section 3 – ALLGRIP ‘PRO’

SUZUKI JIMNY: THE COMPACT 4x4 THAT’S BIG ON CHARACTER, SMALL ON PRICE

  • A genuine off-roader with push-button selectable four-wheel drive and high and low gear ratios
  • 47th Anniversary of Suzuki’s first compact SUV in 2017.
  • Global sales of 2.9million, sold across 188 global markets
  • Characterful and highly practical styling.
  • Fuel efficient 1.3 litre petrol engine with variable valve timing gives 39.8mpg combined fuel consumption and emissions of 162g/km (manual transmission)
  • Front fog lamps, roof rails, heated electric door mirrors, DAB radio and front electric windows standard on all versions
  • Higher specification SZ4 model available with either manual or optional automatic
  • SZ4 features synthetic leather/cloth front seats , air conditioning, alloy wheels, leather trim steering wheel and rear privacy glass as standard equipment.

Compact, practical and superb value for money, the Suzuki Jimny is a 4x4 for all. It is fun to drive and backs up its chunky looks with honest performance off the beaten track as well as in the cut and thrust of urban traffic.

Recent Model History in the UK

Jimny received some styling updates back in 2013 which included a new front bumper, grille and bonnet design incorporating a central air intake as well as repositioned front fog lamps. These updates resulted in the Jimny growing in length – but only by 30mm, ensuring Jimny remained the most compact SUV on sale in the UK.

Further refinements added the year after were a new design instrument cluster that includes a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) for added safety as well as a Gear Shift Indicator (GSI) to help the driver keep fuel consumption to a minimum. ESC (Electronic Stability Control) was added as standard equipment in 2015.

In March 2016, Jimny Adventure was introduced with a limited production run of just 200 units with all finding owners very quickly. It was based on the popular high specification SZ4 model which includes Dark Silver 15-inch alloy wheels, synthetic leather seats, air conditioning and rear privacy glass as standard and then adds unique features including full screen satellite navigation with Bluetooth connectivity, hard spare wheel cover with ‘Adventure’ logo as well as individual Pearl White Metallic / Quasar Grey 2-Tone paint finish.

Jimny has built up an established, tough and capable reputation amongst its 26,000 loyal owners in the UK with many now on their third or even fourth car in succession. Durability was certainly put to the test back in 2014 when long standing Suzuki owner and enthusiast Les Carvall and three friends drove two Jimnys around the world on their ‘Heaven can wait I’m busy’ charity expedition. Starting in Southampton, the four month long Global tour clocked up over 18,500 miles across some very challenging terrain and both cars returned unscathed with no reliability faults to report. 

Jimny has a neat and practical look and since sales began in 1998 owners enjoy a quirky alternative to a supermini or crossover SUV.  The Jimny exceeds expectations off road whilst still being more than capable in any urban area, ideal for customers who want the best of both worlds. 

The all-alloy 16 valve 1.3 litre engine benefits from variable valve timing, ensuring lively performance, and strong fuel economy. Maximum output is 85PS, with 81lbft of torque delivered at 4,100 rpm; a flat torque curve means near maximum torque is delivered from as low as 2,500 rpm, giving Jimny the kind of flexible driving character and pulling power that are integral to a successful SUV.

The manual transmission model returns an official 39.8mpg in combined cycle driving (38.7mpg for the automatic); respective CO2 outputs are 162 and 167g/km.

Bright, rational design inside and out

The youthful, ‘wheel in each corner’ styling has helped Jimny develop a loyal following, appreciative of its characterful appearance. It’s neat, practical look is enhanced by curving body panels, body-side protective mouldings and bumpers, all colour coded to match or contrast with the paint finish. Integral roof rails emphasise the roof contours, and can be teamed with a range of accessories for secure carrying of items such as skis, bikes and surfboards.

Practical specifications

Jimny offers a good level of standard equipment across two trim levels: SZ3 and SZ4.

The entry level SZ3 models include the following specification; front fog lamps, roof rails, remote central locking, ABS with EBD, push button selectable four-wheel drive with high and low ratios and automatic freewheeling hubs.

SZ4 models add air conditioning; Dark Silver 15-inch alloy wheels,  Black and Silver-finish roof rails, leather steering wheel trim, chrome plated interior door handles and rear privacy glass.

Smart in the city, tough in the rough

With its practical character, compact size and value price tag, Jimny stands as an ideal choice for those motorists looking to explore the adventure of 4x4 motoring for the first time. Its rugged and distinctive styling, separate body-on-chassis construction, all-round coil suspension and ALLGRIP PRO 4x4 system equip it to tackle much tougher driving conditions than many “soft-roader” SUVs.

All body panels are made of high-tensile galvanised steel and are mounted to the separate chassis, which provides a rigid basis for the whole vehicle.

Jimny’s firmly planted stance gives it a presence that belies its compact dimensions. An overall length of 3,675mm, width of 1,600mm, a high driving position and a tight 9.8m turning circle allow it to be manoeuvred about town and parked with ease in tight spaces. 

The driving position is high and commands an excellent all-round view. All on board enjoy plenty of headroom, increasing the sense of spaciousness created by the large glass area. Rearward visibility is aided by large, electrically operated door mirrors and a spare wheel mounted low on the rear door.

Access to the rear is made easier thanks to a front passenger seat that slides well forward, wide-opening doors and low sills. Rear seat passengers are provided with armrests, storage for small items and a cup holder. Additional cup holders are located in the centre console between the front seats.  The rear seat backs are split 50:50 and can be reclined and also fully folded forward to open up the luggage area when required.

Tried-and-tested chassis

Since its launch in the UK in 1998, Jimny’s separate, full box-section chassis has established a strong reputation for durability and toughness.

The rigid front and rear axles are attached to the chassis by a three-link arrangement, with an anti-roll bar fitted at the front. This well-proven design, controlled by long-travel coil springs and gas dampers, is configured to cope with the demands of rough surfaces, while ensuring a refined and compliant ride on conventional roads.

Suzuki's ALLGRIP Pro system features a transfer box with high or low ratio four-wheel drive. The freewheeling front hubs are engaged automatically and four-wheel drive can be selected on the move while travelling in a straight line at speeds of up to 62 mph. Jimny is fundamentally designed to cope with off-road conditions with 190mm ground clearance, approach and departure angles of 34° and 46° respectively, and a ramp angle of 31°.

Jimny’s chassis offers extreme rigidity in the event of a collision and is designed to absorb energy from all directions in a controlled manner. Progressive, reassuring braking performance is provided by large front discs and rear drums, supported by ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution).

Airbags for driver and front passenger, side impact protection beams and height adjustable front seat belt anchorages are all standard, and the powerful multi-reflector halogen headlamps are complemented by the front bumper-mounted fog lamps.

Accessories

A wide range of Suzuki Genuine Accessories are available including a chromed front grill trim which can be complemented with matching trims for the front headlamps and door handles to give a more pronounced presence on the road. More sports focused customers can select a rear upper spoiler and aluminium running board set as well as a polished stainless steel muffler extension and three different options of alloy wheels. 

With drivers looking for added practicality from their Jimny, Suzuki also offers a detachable tow bar, cycle carrier and a multi roof rack for increased load capacity.

Additional exterior accessory options include a front skid plate, rear upper spoiler, side and bumper protection sets and a choice of moulded or flexible mud flap sets.  For the interior, a four piece carpet mat or rubber mat set and centre armrest with an integrated storage compartment are also available.

Also featuring in the Suzuki Genuine Accessories range is a partition grille, which is suitable for use as a dog guard. This can be combined with a large size, robust load liner to enable owners to further enhance practicality and protect the interior.

ENDS.