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Ignis compact crossover model – on sale in the UK since January 2017.
Suzuki is well established globally for its expertise in small cars and the new Ignis compact crossover was launched in early 2017. Since launching its first car in 1955, the Suzulight, Suzuki has produced a vast range of significant models each tailored to the needs of its time.
Historically, Suzuki has earned high acclaim for its stylish, city oriented designs, compact and easy to manage dimensions while also offering good performance, favourable fuel economy and low emissions.
Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the new Ignis for Europe at the 2016 Paris Motor Show as its new global compact crossover and it clearly demonstrated convenience and comfort in a stylish new exterior. It follows strong Suzuki DNA from every pore, while at the same time introduced an entirely new design with unique character. In addition to its simple and iconic styling, this compact SUV offers the functionality and performance to provide confident driving in a wide variety of conditions.
In addition to its stylish exterior design, the Ignis features excellent visibility, an easy to drive size, spacious cabin and ample luggage space. The development goal was to create purely iconic crossover styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki.
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 Swift in June 2017.
This platform targets the reduction of weight as well as further increased rigidity. In development of the Ignis, body rigidity was enhanced by approximately 10 per cent and a new structure and very high tensile steel was incorporated to reduce the total vehicle weight by around 15 per cent. The lightest Ignis model has a kerb weight of just 855kg including options.
The impressive shape of the Ignis body begins with the distinctive front face that integrates the striking gaze of the LED headlamps and the strong lines of the front grille. It continues with the robust shoulders that suggest strength whilst utilising a simple design that at the same time presents a familiar, lovable expression. It also inherits the first-generation Cervo’s (SC100) slit-like ‘C’pillar design cues and also the Swift’s distinctive blacked out ‘A’ and ‘B’ pillar design. Other distinctive Suzuki SUV design elements include the bumper detail and clamshell bonnet which carries Suzuki’s heritage into a new era.
In addition to its simple yet unique design, the characteristic image of the Ignis is further enhanced by its interior ambience. The round shape of its air-conditioning system’s panel and the advanced feel of its distinctive instrument cluster design combine to give the cabin environment a futuristic look.
The sweeping horizontal line of the instrument panel uses materials with rich texture to create a design that conveys both breadth and a feeling of space. The orange and metallic titanium accent colours add an extra touch of quality to the cabin and help establish an active image that befits a crossover.
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, 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). 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.
* Measured using the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) method, with the rear seatback fixed in the raised position.
The cabin features extremely convenient storage space. In addition to the two-section glove box design, there are bottle holders in the centre and rear consoles as well as in the front and rear doors.
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.
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 rear view camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, wheel arch extensions and four seat capacity with individually sliding rear seats.
SZ5 adds auto air conditioning, satellite navigation, Dual Camera Brake Support, keyless entry and start, rear electric windows, LED Headlghts with DRL and front foglamps.
The audio on SZ-T and SZ5 models incorporates a large seven inch touch panel display that is as intuitive as a smartphone and also allows the driver to use certain applications with MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay connection with satellite navigation and three dimensional map standard equipment on SZ5 models. As an option, SZ-T models can be upgraded to satellite navigation via an SD card.
Suzuki first introduced its 1.2-litre Dualjet technlogy (K12C) in 2014, initially in the Swift, and then utilised in the Baleno SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) model in June 2016. In summary, Dualjet incorporates Suzuki’s 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. Internal modifications to the engine include the use of a new design inlet port and combustion chamber. Other mechanical parts are also modified to reduce frictional losses and facilitate smoother running.
The piston crowns are modified with a slight bowl shape to achieve higher air turbulence inside the cylinder and the pistons incorporate cooling oil jets to help reduce internal temperatures. Additionally, an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system is used which helps avoid abnormal combustion or ‘knocking’. The maximum power output is 90PS with a torque figure of 120Nm at 4,400rpm.
Available for the SZ5 manual model, 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 system also uses a compact high performance 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. The ISG unit has a power output of 2.3kW and a torque figure of 50Nm.
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 lithium-ion battery and conventional 12 volt battery.
In the Ignis SZ5 with 2WD the SHVS system helps Suzuki reach a CO2 emissions figure of 117g/km plus achieve a fuel consumption figure of 54.1mpg on the combined cycle. (WLTP Regulation)
Engine Auto Stop Start System – SHVS model.
This system helps to further reduce fuel consumption by cutting the supply of fuel in the interval between when the car begins to decelerate and when it starts moving again. The engine is stopped for longer periods than conventional stop start systems and operates at speeds of less than 10mph when the drivers foot is removed from the clutch pedal and the gearbox is in neutral. The engine then restarts as soon as the clutch pedal is depressed.
A five speed manual transmission is fitted as standard on all Ignis and the gear ratios are optimised to help provide a good combination of performance and fuel economy. The adoption of a convergent locating system increases the sense of suction when shifting for smoother gear changes.
Five-speed AGS (Auto Gear Shift) transmission: Based on the five-speed manual transmission, Suzuki’s own automated manual transmission automatically performs the clutch and shift operations for the driver.
Suzuki’s ‘Auto Gear Shift’ (AGS) is available as an option on the new Ignis model. With AGS, the driver can enjoy the effortless experience of a conventional automatic transmission but without the typical losses in fuel efficiency or increase in CO2 emissions. Slightly different 4th, 5th gear and final drive ratios are utilised for this transmission.
AGS was first available on the Celerio model and incorporates an electro-hydraulic unit that operates the gear shift automatically. The system, known as an ‘Intelligent Shift Control Actuator’ incorporates the gear actuator and shift controller together as one integrated unit. To help facilitate faster and smoother gear shifts the unit is attached directly to the top of the transmission without the need for any additional linkages.
For convenience Suzuki added a low speed ‘creep’ facility (approx 5mph) which is useful in slow traffic and when parking with no need to depress the accelerator pedal.
Should the driver prefer; the AGS system also has a manual mode facility for a more direct drive feel on country roads. This mode is selected simply by moving the gear shift to the left and then by moving the lever backwards to shift up and forward to shift down the gearbox.
The new Ignis adopts Suzuki’s ALLGRIP ‘AUTO’ four-wheel drive system. First introduced in Swift, 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. 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.
The suspension was newly designed to best match the new-generation platform. In addition to a lighter and stronger suspension, the suspension mounts, which are an important aspect of driving performance, have also been designed for increased rigidity.
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:
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. The system thus helps prevent collisions when the vehicle is driving at low speeds and helps reduce damage in the event of an unavoidable collision.
The body embodies Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) concept for occupant protecting impact absorption and low weight. Extensive use of ultra high tensile steel helps to make the new Ignis outstandingly crashworthy and also fuel efficient.
The body frame has smooth curving lines with fewer weld joints that enable reductions in required reinforcements. This structure is not only lighter but disperses collision force energy more efficiently and improves overall crash safety.
This high level of weight reduction has only been made possible by analysing the car as a whole, not by simply analysing individual parts. Technologies to reduce weight have been applied to the vehicle body as well as mechanical parts including the doors, seats, interior parts, suspension, engine and brakes.
Depending on variant and transmission, kerb weight ranges from 810kg to 920kg making it the lightest compact crossover amongst its competitors.
During development, comprehensive evaluation was carried out to further reduce interior cabin noise and vibration. Enhanced insulation materials have been used throughout the car including new design noise absorbing silencers for under bonnet, dash cowling and moulded headlining. Lightweight construction double glazed door seals are also utilised.
Additional body reinforcements are also included for the tailgate frame, roof panel, suspension mounts and floor section.
Overall length: 3,700mm
Overall width: 1,660mm (1,690 for SZ-T and SZ5 models)
Overall height: 1,595mm
Minimum turning circle: 9.4m
Ignis is available in one solid colour, five optional metallic colours and five two tone optional metallic colours whereby the roof colour on all is Super Pearl Black Metallic.
The Ignis SZ3 model has a fixed rear seat and the luggage area has a capacity of 267 litres (VDA) with the rear seat in its upright position. On SZ-T and SZ5 models the two individual rear seats 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.
Available with the optional AGS equipped SZ-T and 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.
The front suspension is of MacPherson strut design. During development of the Ignis, revised shapes for the lower arms and suspension frame were utilised and improved strut damping adopted for higher rigidity and also promote better driving stability.
Enhanced cornering stability has been achieved by incorporating the rear wheel suspension with a stabiliser inside the hollow of the intermediate Torsion beam. The rear suspension design utilises conventional coil springs and provides superior rigidity and ride comfort.
Fundamental design and development work for the Ignis was undertaken in Japan. This was supported by a full evaluation programme of suspension and steering tuning in Europe with Suzuki’s technical teams also carrying out their important testing in the UK.
The Ignis has ventilated disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. Weight savings and drag reductions in the calliper design help provide superior braking performance and also assist fuel economy.
*ESP is a registered trademark of Daimler AG.
The Ignis’s passive and active safety systems are designed to intelligently anticipate and react to potentially dangerous situations with an excellent level of protection. One of its major safety features is Total Effective Control Technology which is a concept for occupant protecting impact absorption and low weight developed by Suzuki. Extensive use of high tensile steel and computer aided engineering technologies make the body light, highly crashworthy as well as fuel efficient.
For convenience and safety after parking the car at night or when returning to it, all Ignis models are fitted as standard with a ‘guide me light’ function that enables the dipped beam headlamps to remain on for 10 seconds after the door is locked / unlocked. This facility can also be adjusted to up to 25 seconds duration via the settings mode of the instrument cluster.
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For more information on the Suzuki product range visit www.suzuki.co.uk/cars.
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