Bold New Suzuki Ignis Crossover Debuts At Tokyo Motor Show
An innovative new Suzuki Ignis five door hatchback and clever open low deck mini-car are among the 22 cars being displayed by Suzuki at the Tokyo international motor show at the end of October.
The large stand at the show is labeled Suzuki Next 100 as a precursor to the company’s 100 year birthday which will be celebrated in 2020.
Based on the iM-4 concept car shown at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, the Ignis has bold styling for a small car, with prominently flared wheel arch moldings, a full width grille with encapsulated headlights, a clam-shell shaped bonnet and projector headlights.
The quirky, yet practical, Ignis has generous ground clearance and distinctive looks that give it unique character. A futuristic interior includes a bold dashboard and a central tablet-style display for the infotainment system.
Like the all new Vitara which recently launched in New Zealand, the Ignis has insertable colour panels for the dashboard.
The latest Ignis revives a name Suzuki used for the small five-door hatchback which ended production in 2008 but the latest creation bears no resemblance to the original. Recent testing has been completed in the Swiss Alps and manufacture of the new generation baby is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2016.
Meanwhile the Mighty Deck concept mini-car has a canvas top and open read deck that can be repositioned to suit different loading requirements. It features an automatic raise and lowering function for the deck.
Suzuki’s unique looking Air Triser compact mini-van boasts what designers describe as a private lounge. Seats can face each other or can be altered to form a sofa, while a prominent media control comprises a Smartphone on a large-formal display extending from one of the van’s B-pillars to the ceiling.
A clever Hustler Scoot unveiled in Tokyo is a 50 cc scooter with extra carrying capacity. In addition to a conventional underseat luggage bay, the Scoot has a removable, carryable luggage case mounted between the rider’s feet. There is also more storage space on the rear carrier and at the side of the bodywork.
The large Suzuki stand at the Tokyo show also features cutaway displays of the company’s newly developed engines, including the fuel efficient and technically advanced power units that will power the upcoming Baleno hatchback.