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Suzuki’s UK range will expand early in 2017 with the arrival of the Ignis.

The new Ignis makes its European debut at the Paris motor show having been first seen at the Tokyo event in October 2015, and is a very different model to the previous car to use the name, last built in 2008.

Unlike its hatchback predecessor, the new Ignis is a high-roofed small crossover targeting the likes of the Fiat Panda. And in similar fashion to the Fiat, it is set to be offered with either front-wheel-drive or Suzuki’s well-known AllGrip all-wheel-drive system as used on the Vitara we reviewed earlier this year.

The Ignis will be powered by a 1.2-litre Dualjet engine, and this will be matched to a mild hybrid system, using an ISG (integrated starter generator) with an integrated power generator and electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack, to produce improved fuel economy.

New styling also debuts on the car, described by its creators as “a strong presence that skilfully blends a fresh new look with elements that remain true to its Suzuki heritage.”

The design principles were apparently “simple and iconic”, based around strong straight lines and curves. The shell is built with significant use of high-tensile steel to reduce weight while maintaining rigidity.

Suzuki is also highlighting the safety and technology offered with the Ignis, which includes stereo front-facing camera that control the brake support, lane departure and waving alert systems.

The interior touchscreen display includes connections for smartphones, accessing its apps through the car’s screen.

First deliveries of the Ignis to UK markets are expected in January 2017.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.