CAPE TOWN, South Africa – One of this South Africa’s favourite compact city SUV’s has a new look and more features for 2020. It’s the Suzuki Ignis and, boy, is it cute. The range has yet to be launched in South Africa.
André Venter, divisional manager for sales and marketing at Suzuki Auto SA, reminded The Corner in a media release: “The Ignis is one of our best-sellers because it’s in the sweet spot where our compact car and compact off-road SUV experiences meet.
”It’s a nimble, easy-driving, city car that has the space, driving experience and ground clearance of an SUV – perfect for South Africa’s roads.”
The cars are yet to be launched in South Africa.
A new grille fills the space between the headlights, with extra emphasis on GLX units thanks to chromed accents.
As before, the GLX has wraparound daytime running lights and projector-style diode headlights. It also adds roof rails and flared wheel-arches over the cars’ 180mm ground clearance – supported by a rough-ride scuff-plate.
As before, all models have self-closing external mirrors that contain turn indicators.
All units have 60:40 split rear seats, 260 litres of boot space, and ample space for five adults. The audio system includes USB and Bluetooth connectivity; also standard are power window lifts, central locking, and a multi-information display.
They also have dual crash-mitigation bags, anti-lock brakes, electronic braking control, child-seat anchor points.
Venter again: “The new Ignis avoids making security features optional or model-dependent: all units have passive and active safety and security features.”.
GLX units do, however, add a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and the ability to doubles as a reversing camera. The model also includes keyless entry, push-button start, aircon, and chromed or silver highlights on the parking brake, door releases and gear-shifter.
As before, all units have a 1.2-litre petrol engine with variable valve timing and multi-point fuel-injection and capable of 61kW at 6000rpm/113Nm at 4200rpm – given that Ignis units have kerb weights as low as 860kg that’s plenty for spirited performance – or off-roading.
There’s a choice of five-speed manual or, on the GLX, an automated manual shift, and a wide choice of body colours – even two-tone versions.
The 2020 Ignis is available immediately with a two-year/30 000km* service plan and a (promotional) five-year/200 000km* mechanical warranty, including roadside assist assistance.
*Whichever comes first.