2000 October: The Suzuki Ignis, small brother to the Baleno, and successor of the Swift, was launched in Europe and Australia. The Ignis is priced from au$13,990 +orc (3-door) and $15,990 +orc (5-door) in the highly competitive small car sector.
The Ignis is front wheel drive but the GM YGM-1 four wheel drive is based on it, and could go on sale within two years. Suzuki could easily offer a 4WD Ignis locally.
The Ignis has a 1.3-litre 16-valve engine
(60kW at 6000rpm, 106Nm at 4500rpm).
AS2877 fuel consumption of 4.88L/100km (highway) is claimed -
Safety is always a concern with small cars; airbags and seat belt pretensioners for driver and front passenger are standard across the range.
A CD-player, cloth trim, split fold rear seat and
engine immobiliser are also standard.
The 5-door (left) additionally gets air conditioning, central locking,
power windows and mirrors, roof rails and
a height adjustable driver's seat.
The Ignis World Rally Championship car (left) will compete in the `Super 1600' category in 2001.
The car has a 1.6 litre engine, sequential 6-speed gearbox, all disc brakes, and 17" wheels.
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