Suzuki Ignis TMS-2

The new Suzuki Ignis has been unveiled in its home market, Japan. The compact crossover will go on sale by mid-February and is available in three different variants, the Hybrid MG, Hybrid MX and top-range Hybrid MZ. As it goes in Japan, all models can be had in either two- or all-wheel drive form.

A 1.2 litre K12C Dualjet four cylinder engine with Mild Hybrid technology (similar to the new Suzuki Solio and Bandit) is the primary mill that powers all the Ignis variants, which are also paired solely to a CVT gearbox. In total, the engine produces 91 PS and 118 Nm of torque, while the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) gives the engine an extra 3.1 PS and 50 Nm of torque.

Suzuki Ignis TMS-5

Under the JC08 cycle, fuel consumption for the Ignis is rated at 28 km per litre for the two-wheel drive model and 25.4 km per litre for the all-wheel drive variant – partly because the top-of-the-range MZ in two-wheel drive form (880 kg) weighs less than the four-wheel drive variant (920 kg).

Features that the Ignis receives include regenerative braking, automatic LED headlights with auto levelling function, LED fog lamps and 16-inch aluminium wheels. On the inside, features include keyless entry and push start button, heated front seats, a Bluetooth-enabled headunit with Apple CarPlay connectivity and UV and IR cut glass.

Suzuki Ignis TMS-20

Safety equipment that comes with the Ignis includes dual front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, lane departure warning, ESP, as well as hill-hold assist and hill descent control. Also, the Ignis gets an optional surround view system that uses a set of four cameras fitted all round – two at the side mirrors, one in front and one more in the rear.

Prices for the Ignis in Japan starts from 1,382,400 yen (RM49,360) for the Ignis Hybrid MG two-wheel drive variant,1,501,200 yen (RM53,570) for the mid-range Hybrid MX variant in two-wheel drive form, all the way up to 1,778,760 yen (RM63,475) for the top-of-the-range Hybrid MZ variant with four-wheel drive model.

GALLERY: Suzuki Ignis at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show