Suzuki has just launched its brand new compact MPV, the Suzuki Solio. It comes in two variants – the standard Solio (left) and the higher-specced Solio Bandit (right). A new addition to the range is Suzuki’s Mild Hybrid technology, which allows the new model to achieve an average fuel consumption of 27.8 km per litre on the JC08 cycle.

Under the bonnet is a 1.2 litre K12C Dual Jet engine that makes a humble 90 hp and 118 Nm of torque, mated to a CVT gearbox. Attached to it is the Mild Hybrid pack, which consists of an Integrated Starter Generator, a lithium-ion battery, stop-start system and brake-energy recuperation.

It weighs a full 100 kg less than its predecessor with the use of a new lightweight chassis. The Solio is 3,710 mm long, 1,625 mm wide and 1,745 tall. Its wheelbase measures in at 2,515 mm, which is 30 mm longer than before. As is the norm for JDM cars, the Solio can be had with a front- or an all-wheel drive layout.

The base Solio gets larger one-piece headlights, a full-chrome grille and standard 15-inch alloy wheels. Inside, it receives a four-spoke steering wheel, a seven-inch infotainment system, Charcoal Grey seat upholstery and grey trim panels. Keyless entry and dual cameras underneath the side mirrors are also offered.

Meanwhile, the Solio Bandit is the sportier version of the two. The front fascia gets a different look, with split LED headlights and a black centre grille. Inside, the Solio Bandit gets a more premium Piano Black gloss finish.

Advanced safety features such as Lane Departure Warning and a Dual Camera brake support system that detects obstacles and automatically applies the brakes have also been introduced in the new compact MPV.The base Suzuki Solio is sold in Japan for 1.45 million yen (RM51,900), while the Solio Bandit is priced at 1.82 million yen (RM65,100).

Suzuki Solio

Suzuki Solio Bandit