Paris Motor Show: Suzuki Ignis image

The French venue has been the host for the worldwide premiere of the 2017 Suzuki Ignis in European specification, a niche city SUV that is a bit different from its Japanese counterpart.

The automaker is reintroducing the Ignis on the European market after a prolonged absence and we’re actually glad the city car with SUV DNA is making a return – after all the older Ignis was one of the promoters of the crossover idea in the B segment. Upon reaching the dealerships, the Ignis will be offered in both 2WD and AWD configurations, going on sale early next year with affordable pricing. The Ignis was first presented at the Tokyo Motor Show but for the European market it has grown in size by 10 to 15 cm as it doesn’t need to stick to the Japanese rules of 3.6 meters for a key car. The wheelbase remains the same, while the added dimensions appear to have been engulfed by the fresh bumper styling.

The powertrain options include a 89bhp 1.2-litre Dualjet engine, snatched from the Swift and Baleno. There’s also a SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) version – packing an ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) with an integrated power generator and electric motor, and a lithium ion battery pack – which should enable the model to put out emissions “way below” 100g/km of CO2. The Ignis has very few competitors – we can mention the Fiat Panda Trekking and Cross – and a very lightweight structure, with a weight of about 905 kg.