Facelifted Suzuki Ignis reveals improved hybrid tech

The pint-sized Suzuki Ignis has been given a subtle facelift with a handful of styling changes.

Suzuki has shown a facelifted its Ignis crossover in Europe, adding a handful of cosmetic tweaks and some extra technology. It has also improved Europe’s 1.2-litre hybrid powertrain option not currently available here.

Exterior revisions over the outgoing Suzuki Ignis include a new five-bar radiator grille, tweaked front and rear bumpers and new skid plates. Buyers also have their choice of three new paint finishes – Caravan Ivory Pearl Metallic, Rush Yellow Metallic and Tough Khaki Pearl Metallic.

Inside, buyers get a new digital instrument cluster with a black and white surround and an extra two interior trim colours – Lazuli Medium Blue Pearl and Medium Grey Metallic. Like the outgoing model, there’s also a seven-inch infotainment system in the centre of the dash.

Suzuki has also tweaked the car’s 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, adding a new fuel injection system, a new variable valve timing system, a variable displacement oil pump and electric piston cooling jets – all of which Suzuki says has benefitted the engine’s efficiency. Power and torque figures stand at 61kW and 107Nm respectively.

The updates have also spread to the Ignis’s Hybrid system. The technology is standard across the crossover’s range, with revisions including a larger-capacity battery pack and an improved belt-driven starter-generator, which Suzuki says will provide a fuel economy figure of 55.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km.

As standard, the 1.2-litre hybrid powertrain sends its power to the front wheels via five-speed manual gearbox, although buyers can still have the Ignis with four-wheel drive.

Other updates include the driver assistance technology such as lane departure warning, weaving alert and dual camera brake support, which can preemptively apply the brakes in the event of an accident.

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