Suzuki Ignis: It’s The Perfect Time For A Change

Suzuki Ignis appeared in the market as a replacement of Suzuki Cultus during the years 2000-2008. The car has been termed as subcompact by the users and experts alike.

Multiple Retail Substitutions

Suzuki Cultus has been marketed with various alternate names. The names varied with differences in locations.

- In some locations it was known as Suzuki Swift.

- In Europe as well as in Australia the Cultus Swift was substituted by Cultus Ignis.

- The name of Suzuki Swift was allotted to Japanese models.

Joint Venture

Basically the subcompact Suzuki is a joint venture project of General Motors of Western World and the Japanese giant Suzuki.

Interesting Name Transformations

Followings are some interesting facts about the Suzuki Ignis.

- It forms the basis of Chevrolet Cruze since 2001.

- In Japan the vehicle was known as Chevrolet.

- Holden Cruze was the name assigned to the vehicle in Australia.

Changes in 2003

It was since the year 2003 that in Europe Suzuki took over to an extended version of Cruze that was named as Zuzuki Ignis. In truth it was a complete facelift of the original version of Ignis.

A version that was exclusively adopted in Europe that year was named as the Subaru G3X Justy.

European Modifications

In the same year a modification to the vehicle was made for its European versions. This modification was affected by expanding the length of the Cruze by 145mm. The changes were introduced to provide extra space for cargo as well as for making the vehicle more comfortable. Designing and manufacturing of the changed version of the vehicle was completed at Esztergon in Hungary. However in case of Japan, the changes were not used and Japanese buyers remained contended with the Chevrolet version.

Transmission Variation

Suzuki Ignis has transmission variations according to fuel consumption rates associated with the vehicle. While in the 1.3 liter form only manual FWD is available for the 1.5 liter version both manual and automatic FWD are there. The manufacturing company brought up a diesel version with Multijet engine of Fiat in the year 2005.

Collaboration between Japanese Subaru and Hungarian ignis witnessed the appearance of the Subaru G3X Justy that was widely marketed in entire Europe during 2003-2007. The version had AWD only.

Photo Gallery of Suzuki Ignis

Technical Characteristics of Suzuki Ignis

Technical Characteristics of 2003 Suzuki Ignis DDiS produced by Suzuki (JP).

Body Type Hatchback 5 doors / 4 seats
Weight 1020 Kg
Length 3770 mm
Height 1565 mm
Wheelbase 2360 mm
Front Track 1420 mm
Rear Track 1410 mm
Ground Clearance 170 mm
Fuel Capacity 39 liters
Engine location front
Engine alignment transverse
Drive Wheels Front wheel drive
Steering rack & pinion
Fuel Supply System direct diesel injection
Max Power 70HP (51 kW) @ 4000 rpm
Max Torque 170Nm @ 1750 rpm
CO2 Emissions 133 g/Km
Engine Coolant water
Displacement 1248 cc
Bore 69 mm
Stroke 82 mm
Cam Design DOHC - Double Overhead Camshaft (per bank)
Cylinders 4 INLINE
Valves per cylinder 4
Total Valves 16
Compression Ratio 18:1
Aspiration Turbo D.
Front Brakes VeDi
Rear Brakes Dr-S-ABS
Standard Wheels 4.5J x 14 / 4.5J x 14
Standard Tyres 165/70 R 14 / 165/70 R 14
Suspension Front I.MS.CS.
Suspension Rear LA.3Li.CS.
Transmission manual
Number of gears 5
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h 15 seconds
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h n/a
Top Speed n/a
City 6.2 l/100km
Road 4.4 l/100km
Mixt 5 l/100km