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Suzuki Introduces Ignis

25 October, 2000

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Suzuki today announced the Australian launch of its all-new international small car, the Lgnis.

Spiritual successor to the famed Suzuki Swift, the new Ignis comes to Australia fresh from its European launch just two weeks ago, and brings with it stylish good looks, clever interior packaging, a long features list, and a highly competitive price tag.

Purpose designed in Japan by the Suzuki Motor Corporation to compete head- to-head with the best small cars on the world market, the new Ignis is also its most international model ever, with Australia the 10th country in which the car has gone on sale.

Another 11 countries are to follow shortly.

In Australia, the Ignis is set to take on all-corners in the small car sector with its long list of standard features and Suzuki's now-traditional value-for-money pricing.

On sale here in both three-door and five-door versions, the all-new Suzuki Ignis will be priced from a very competitive $13,990 when it goes on sale officially on 27 October.

Suzuki's Ignis will replace the long-departed Alto and Swift small cars, plus the now repositioned but previously price-leading Baleno hatch, in its Australian local model line-up.


Entirely new from the wheels up, the Ignis features a stylishly compact and highly space-efficient 'tall' body in the modern small car idiom, powered by its latest high-tech 1.3 litre all-alloy multi-valve four cylinder engine.

Designed with an emphasis on reduced noise and exhaust emissions, the twin-cam fuel-injected engine nonetheless develops a very healthy 60kW of power at 6000rpm and lO6Nm of torque at 4500rpm for responsive all-round performance.

A significant design feature of the engine is its PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) system, which introduces fresh air into the crankcase to expel wasteful blowby gasses. These gasses then flow out of the cylinder head into the intake manifold and are burned off during normal combustion, reducing the amount of oil consumed by the engine.

This has the environmental benefit of both cleaning up the combustion process and reducing the consumption (and therefore frequency) of oil changes.

Compliant with both EURO 3 and D4 emission standards, Suzuki's new Ignis also boasts A52877 highway cycle fuel consumption figures of 4.88 litres/lOOkm, among the very best in its class.

Buyers have the choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, driving through the front wheels, while the well-weighted and responsive steering is via a variable ratio power-assisted rack and pinion system which gives it a tight 4.9m turning radius.

Delivering a smooth, quiet ride, the Ignis utilises McPherson strut front suspension and Suzuki's patented Isolated Trailing Link (three link) design at the rear. Combined with the 'tall' styling, these give the Ignis a versatile 165mm of ground clearance.


Safety was always a primary consideration in the design and development of the new Ignis.

Driver's and passenger side airbags are both standard equipment on the three-door and five-door, as are front seatbelt pre-tensioners, and a bodyshell with crushable zones to absorb impact energy in a controlled manner.

Occupants are protected by a cabin safety cell that resists deformation, with side shock absorbed laterally.

Standard Equipment

Suzuki's Ignis three-door might be a 'price leader' but it still comes standard with such features as a CD player/radio stereo sound system, cloth-trimmed seats, a split/folding rear seat for maximum carrying versatility, rear window washer/wiper, luggage area cover, adjustable front seatbelt anchors, a trio of cup holders, and an engine immobiliser for security.

To that, the higher-spec five-door Ignis adds standard air-conditioning, central locking with remote keyless entry, electric front windows, electric exterior mirrors, dashboard information display, rear head restraints, a driver's seat with both height and lumbar adjustment, cloth trim that extends to the doors and, for that stylish touch, roof rails.

As well as offering more luggage capacity than most of its rivals, the new Suzuki Ignis five-door also has no less than eight separate storage compartments (five on the three-door) which includes an under-dashboard tray, a sliding tray under the front passenger's seat (five-door only), and even a removable box under the luggage area floor.

What's more, the luggage area floor converts to a picnic table with the additional of some optional legs

Buyers are offered seven colours to choose from.

As an introductory offer, Suzuki's new Ignis three-door is priced from $13,990 plus on-road costs, while the Ignis five-door starts at $15,990 plus on-road costs.

Suzuki Ignis Standard Equipment
Three-Door Five-Door
Driver's airbag Driver's airbag
Passenger side airbag Passenger side airbag
1.3 litre fuel-injected engine 1.3 litre fuel-injected engine
5-speed manual transmission 5-speed manual transmission
Engine immobiliser Engine immobiliser
Power steering Power steering
CD player/radio stereo sound system CD player/radio stereo sound system
Rear window washer/wiper Rear window washer/wiper
Split/folding rear seat Split/folding rear seat
Luggage area cover Luggage area cover
3 cup-holders 3 cup-holders
Front seatbelt pretensioners Front seatbelt pretensioners
Adjustable front seatbelt anchors Adjustable front seatbelt anchors
Dashboard information display Dashboard information display
  Central locking with remote keyless entry
  Electric front windows
  Electric exterior mirrors
  Driver's seat height & lumbar adjustment
  Roof rails
Cloth-trimmed seats Cloth-trimmed seats & door trims
5 interior storage compartments 8 interior storage compartments
Bodycolour bumpers Bodycolour bumpers
Multi-reflector headlamps Multi-reflector headlamps
Choice of 7 exterior colours Choice of 7 exterior colours
Options Options
Four-speed automatic Four-speed automatic


BODY: Three-door hatch or Five-door hatch
ENGINE: All-alloy 1.3 litre (1328cc) four-cylinder with dohc 16-valve configuration, multi-point fuel-injection
  60kW at 6000rpm, lO6Nm at 4500rpm
TRANSMISSION: Five-speed manual or Four-speed automatic
STEERING: Variable power-assisted rack & pinion
SUSPENSION: front - McPherson struts
rear - Suzuki Isolated Trailing Link (three-link)
BRAKES: front - ventilated disc
rear - drum
WHEELS/TYRES: l4in steel/165-70 radials
TURNING RADIUS: 4.9 metres
KERB WEIGHT: 880 kg (3dr manual)
915 kg (5dr manual)
ECONOMY (AS2877): 3dr & 5dr manual - 4.88 litres/l00km (highway cycle)

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