The Suzuki Ignis is one of the few new cars that this writer wishes he could buy – it’s a small car that’s big on originality and spunk.

The 3.7m city car with SUV-inspired styling is imported here from India, but the Ignis’ journey from Japan to emerging markets has not dulled its funky design – the little Suzy looks similar to the JDM car that surfaced at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, which in turn was a faithful reproduction of the iM-4 concept from Geneva 2015.

Design highlights include a cartoonish face with big LED eyes, a clamshell bonnet with (fake) side vents, three stripes on the rearmost pillars and contrasting roof paint. The Ignis’ ground clearance is high at 180 mm and the 15-inch wheels look just nice on a small car. Not rugged enough?

These three styling concepts wheeled out for GIIAS 2017 shows the customisation possibilities for the Ignis. The yellow one with racing livery and TE37s is called the “Motocrosser Style”, but the S-Urban beats it for cool with “baby Jimny” looks. The seriously raised suspension goes well with the bolt-on overfenders and “sump guards”. There’s no bumper to cover the wheels and suspension from the front, which adds to the wow factor.

The G-Urban concept is easier to replicate. Instead of the off-road look of the other two, it the blue-coloured city slicker with big wheels, low-profile tyres, a bodykit and rear spoiler. It’s based on the entry GL (top spec is GX) and does not come with U-shape LED DRLs, but LED bars flank the S badge on the grille.

The Ignis is powered by a 1.2 litre VVT engine with 83 PS/113 Nm, paired to either a five-speed manual or a five-speed AGS automated manual gearbox with manual mode. It’s priced from Rp 139,500,000 (RM44,849) to Rp 169,500,000 (RM54,494).

GALLERY: Suzuki Ignis S-Urban concept


GALLERY: Suzuki Ignis Motocrosser Style concept

GALLERY: Suzuki Ignis G-Urban concept