New Suzuki Ignis facelift revealed with improved hybrid powertrain

The dinky Suzuki Ignis crossover has been given a subtle facelift, with a handful of cosmetic tweaks and a revamped hybrid powertrain

Suzuki has facelifted its Ignis crossover for 2020, adding a handful of cosmetic tweaks, some extra technology and an improved version of the car’s 1.2-litre hybrid powertrain. The revised model is on sale in the UK now, with prices starting from £13,999.

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 82bhp 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. Finally, the revised Ignis is now optionally available with a CVT gearbox on the SZ-T and SZ5 model.

Facelifted Suzuki Ignis: specs and equipment

Standard equipment for updated, entry-level Ignis SZ3 includes 15-inch steel wheels, LED headlamps, six airbags, body coloured door mirrors, electric front windows, rear privacy glass, air conditioning and a DAB radio with bluetooth connectivity.

SZ-T models get 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, wheel arches extensions, a rear view camera and a touchscreen infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Unlike the entry-level model, buyers get four instead of five seats, with the standard rear bench being replaced with a pair of individually sliding rear seats.

Suzuki’s range-topping SZ5 model gets a pair of front fog lamps, automatic air conditioning, satellite navigation, keyless entry and rear electric windows – along with a range of 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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