Suzuki Ignis Concept-01

There will be quite a lot to look forward to at next month’s 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and here’s one, the new Suzuki Ignis. The small car expert calls it a compact crossover, and it should sit below the new Vitara in Suzuki’s range.

Suzuki says that the Ignis, accurately previewed by the iM-4 concept from Geneva 2015, straddles the boundary between daily life and leisure, with a high eye point and generous ground clearance that allows for “confident driving on snowy roads and rough tracks.” Unique and very cute to these eyes, like the latest Alto.

Accompanying the raised hatch is a bolder Ignis Trail Concept, which boasts “even greater rough-road ruggedness.” It sports bigger wheels and wheel-arch mouldings, along with roof rails, a black roof and plenty of red highlights.

Sounds familiar? Last seen in 2008, the Ignis had always been a raised hatchback, and was also known as the Suzuki Swift in Japan, as well as the Chevrolet Cruze and Holden Cruze in Australia. Rally fans would probably remember a three-door Ignis Sport in the JWRC.

Suzuki Ignis Trail Concept