The new Suzuki Ignis has been previewed before it débuts at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in November. Previewed by the iM-4 Concept, which was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this March, the Ignis will be a compact crossover that should be fit to take on the likes of the Ford Ecosport.
Based on an all-new platform, the iM-4 Concept had an overall length of 3,693 mm, meaning that its production version can effortlessly slip inside the Indian sub-4 meter arena. Overall width and height stood at 1,709 mm and 1,566 mm respectively, while the wheelbase measured 2,438 mm, although the numbers are bound to be altered a little for the Ignis, but not by much.
The chunky styling, jewelled headlamps, flared wheel arches and the deftly chrome trimmed front fascia has been retained from the concept, with mild alterations to the glasshouse and overhangs. The rear bumper gets a large black insert running across it, while the rear spoiler from the concept doesn’t make it to production.
The interiors looks boxy, spacious, yet funky in places, with the main highlight being the massive touch-screen that dominates the dual-tone dashboard. Orange highlights here and there try to perk things up.
The iM-4 Concept was powered by a 1.2 litre DualJet petrol engine that is mated to an integrated starter generator (ISG) with a lithium-ion battery that sends power through an all-wheel drive system; expect the Ignis to continue with a similar set-up. An automatic transmission is also expected. Whether or not, the Ignis will come to India is still debatable; we have to wait and watch.