No matter what Suzuki vehicle it is, if Maruti decides to launch it in India, think of a total annihilation of the competition even before it is launched. Yes, we might be exaggerating a lot, but you can't ignore the kind of buzz a Maruti vehicle creates in India before, during and after its launch. And the upcoming Suzuki Ignis is no different.
Expected to be launched during the festive season, the launch of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis has been pushed to the 1st quarter of 2017. In a press release to announce the launch of the compact crossover in Europe, Suzuki divulged the details on how the Ignis crossover was designed and from where the design inspiration has been taken.
Now this is a first for any Suzuki vehicle as not much heed is paid to the design of the Japanese auto makers car. But since Suzuki itself, is pushing the design aspect of the Ignis, why would we lag behind in discussing it. Surprisingly, Suzuki has revealed that the Ignis is inspired from older Suzuki vehicles as old as 1971.
Suzuki defines the exterior styling of the new Ignis as "Simple and Iconic". The aim is to make a crossover with minimal styling, yet maximum expressiveness and strength. To achieve this goal, Suzuki invoked the traditional design elements, while modernizing them at the same time. Here's a list of the cars from which various design elements were borrowed -
1971 Suzuki Fronte Coupe
1977 Suzuki Cervo
2005 Suzuki Swift
1998 Suzuki Vitara
A detailed description of each part borrowed from above mentioned cars is explained below-
Considered to be one of the most iconic designers in the automotive space, Giorgetto Giugiaro designed the 1971 Suzuki Fronte Coupe. And it was obvious that the Fronte Coupe was one of the best looking cars in its time. Suzuki borrowed the slits in the Suzuki Ignis’s C-Pillars from the Giugiaro-designed Suzuki Fronte Coupe. The Fronte Coupe was the first Japanese mini sports car to be sold in Japan and was launched in September 1971.
Suzuki knew the capabilities of Giugiaro and hence gave him the project of yet another mini sports car, the Suzuki Cervo, which was launched in Japan in October 1977. Like the old days, the current Suzuki designer knows the capabilities of the Italian designer and hence borrowed the headlights from the Cervo. The headlights of the Ignis is a projector unit and has a unique placement within the grille.
3. Black-out Pillar
One of the most sold hatchbacks in India, the Swift has been a popular car in the country ever since it was first launched in May 2005. Suzuki designers loved the black-out pillar design from the 1st generation Swift and used them in the new Suzuki Ignis' pillar. The black-out pillar design is increasingly making its way to most of the cars across the globe, which gives the car a sporty look.
4. Clamshell bonnet
Last but not the least is again a design element, which is being seen on modern cars these days. The clamshell-shaped bonnet will also make its way to the new Ignis and according to the Suzuki, the design has been inherited from the first-generation Suzuki Vitara, which was first launched in Japan in 1988. Interestingly, the fourth and also the current generation Ignis uses the same design cue from the old Vitara. The fender garnish has also been borrowed along with the clamshell-bonnet.
Just so you know, Maruti Ignis is expected will be offered in a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel engine options, paired to manual and AMT gearboxes. We did a first look video at the Tokyo Motor Show last year and you can know more about the crossover here!