New Suzuki Ignis makes its long-awaited Singapore debut

Ben Chia

Suzuki’s latest compact SUV revives the Ignis name with mild hybrid tech; priced at S$108,900 with COE


Local Suzuki distributor Champion Motors have introduced the latest Ignis, with the compact SUV making its belated Singapore debut with a launch event held on Facebook tonight. The newest addition to the Suzuki lineup is priced at S$108,900 with COE, and features a 1.2-litre engine with a mild hybrid powertrain

The Ignis was fondly remembered as a compact SUV/hatch from the early 2000s that also spawned an entertaining Ignis Sport semi-performance variant, but this current iteration of the Ignis was actually launched in Japan in 2016, and was even in town for a preview at the Singapore Motor Show in 2017. It has taken until now for the car to be officially go on sale here however, and this version is actually the facelifted model that was introduced last year in its domestic market.

The key highlight on this Ignis is its 1.2-litre engine that produces 82hp and 107Nm of torque, mated to a CVT, and the engine is combined with a mild hybrid powertrain. Top speed is rated at 155km/h, while the car goes from 0-100km/h in 12.7 seconds.

With the mild hybrid setup though, along with the car’s light kerb weight of just 890kg, Suzuki claims that the Ignis is capable of returning an average fuel consumption figure of just 5.4L/100km. It sits in the VES B neutral band however, which means it doesn’t get any emissions-related rebates.

Local specs may vary from picture shown. Ignore the manual gear shifter…

Despite its entry-level status, the Ignis is reasonably well-equipped for a compact SUV, with standard equipment including LED headlamps with self-levelling function, high beam assist, keyless entry, paddle shifters, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. 

It doesn’t skimp on the safety features, too, with the Ignis offering lane departure warning, and its own version of autonomous emergency braking, which Suzuki dubs dual camera brake support. It uses two cameras situated just in front of the rear view mirror to detect upcoming obstacles ahead, and apply the brakes as appropriate if it senses an impending collision.

The Ignis features various design elements that references various other Suzuki models, such as the clamshell-style bonnet from the larger Vitara SUV and the blacked-out A-pillars from the Swift, while the three diagonal strokes on the C-pillar is also a nod to the original Suzuki Cervo from the 1970s. Suzuki is also offering no less than 11 colour options for the Ignis, including shades of blue, green, red, yellow and orange, while two-tone paint jobs are also available on an indent basis.

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Ben Chia

CarBuyer's senior staff writer went out to explore the Great Big World, including a stint working in China (despite his limited Mandarin). Now he's back, ready to foist upon you his takes on everything good and wonderful about the automotive world. Follow Ben on Instagram @carbuyer.ben

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