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Is it a crossover or a scaled-up hatchback? This question might be attributed to a new Suzuki Ignis, scheduled for the 2016 production year. At the first sight philistines would define it as a small SUV, while the manufacturer positions it as a full-sized hatch. But, what is it in sober fact? Suzuki Ignis review knows the answer for sure.
The first thing that arrests attention is a huge clearance index which makes up 18 cm. That is why people mistaken it for an off-road vehicle. In actuality, a 5-door Ignis features 3.7x1.7x1.6 m dimensions (2.4 m wheelbase); that is considered to be not enough for a true crossover. In order to dispose potential customers of an error, Suzuki invented a new class of cars – New Multi-Compact.
Upon the whole, the model is developed on Baleno platform with the implementation of an independent front MacPherson suspension and a semi-independent rear torsion beam. The styling can be called minimalistic. The chassis is void of various bags on the side; instead it boasts sleek lines, relief bumpers, a conspicuous sports grille, daylight running lights, and refined 18-inch wheels (light alloy on higher trims).
Most probably it will be supplied with electric power steering, ABS as well as an advanced braking system (ventilated front disks & drum rear brakes). The headlights in some trims might boast LED technology. The rear bumper comes with vertical lights and a big license plate.
New Suzuki Ignis features a quite mundane cabin. The layout accommodates a conventional instrument cluster, a modified dashboard (if compared with the prototype IM-4) and a basic center stack. The door panels along with the central console boast orange inserts which add elegance to the interior. Higher trims might also house an entry-level infotainment system with a touchscreen, supporting Apple CarPlay & SmartPlay applications. Optionally, the cabin is bundled with climate control, electric power package, etc.
Despite being a hatch, Ignis can be called roomy. It provides sufficient space for the passengers, irrespective of their localization. The front seats offer side support, whereas the back bench (estimated for 3 occupants) is void of additional facilities.
It goes without saying that Suzuki Ignis review can’t make it without powertrain specifications. Hence, the model is available in two versions: with an updated 1.2-liter Dualijet and a totally new 1.0-liter 3-cylinder Boosterjet (both gasoline). The 1.2-liter engine produces 89 hp & 89 p-f of torque, while the 1.0-liter item gives 110 hp & 125 p-f of torque.
Both are bundled with a 5-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front-wheels. As an option, Suzuki includes a CVT gearbox for the first version and a 6-speed automatic gearbox for the second version. It is presumed that there will be modifications equipped with a full-wheel drive.
Pricing & Competitors
The 2016 Suzuki Ignis will probably become the most affordable hatch-crossover in the European market. Its retail price will fluctuate within $16.000 range. This outstanding Japanese creation is supposed to rival with Ford Ecosport, Mahindra Crossover S101 and Mahindra TUV300.
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