Suzuki has released pictures of the production version of the Ignis ahead of its global launch which is scheduled to take place at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
After compact SUVs, it is the compact crossover segment which is gaining popularity the world over. Essentially hatchbacks with higher ground clearance and beefier looks is what these vehicles are but this makes them more practical. Suzuki had displayed the iM-4 concept at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and it will release the production version of the same at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. The production version has been named the Ignis which is a name used for a Suzuki model earlier as well.
The production model of the Suzuki Ignis gets minor changes over the iM-4 concept which makes it look great. Seldom do we see that the production version is almost the same as the concept version but Suzuki has been able to do that. The only visual changes are to the rear-view mirrors, headlights and alloy wheels which were bound to be changed from the practicality and cost perspective. The boxy styling of the crossover may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it does look good in its own right.
The headlamps of the Suzuki Ignis gets a projector setup along with U-shaped DRLs adding more bling. Minimal chrome touches on the front-end is a welcome change from the chrome laden designs of many of the recent launches. Flared wheel arches add some muscle to the compact vehicle and give it a meaty stance coupled with the 10-spoke 18-inch alloys. The three slat vents that were seen on the concept version have been deleted and there’s no rear quarter glass potentially creating a huge blind spot.
Concrete details on the mechanical front are still awaited but speculations are that the Suzuki Ignis will get the company’s latest BoosterJet petrol engine along with a 1.2-litre DualJet engine with mild hybrid technology. Since it will marketed as a crossover, there is a possibility of it getting the All-Grip AWD system which will make it a capable soft-roader. An Indian launch of this beauty is certain since Suzuki has decided to bring all its global models to India, except the Japanese market specific Kei cars.