Suzuki could make a hot hatch version of the Ignis – possibly dubbed the Ignis Sport and using the Baleno’s perky 1.0-litre turbo engine
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A hot hatch version of Suzuki’s compact Ignis off-road-inspired city car could be in the works. This model could use a more powerful version of the 1.0-litre ‘Boosterjet’ engine found in the Baleno for modest but peppy performance ideally suited to nipping through tight city streets.
2018 Suzuki Ignis Sport styling
The original Suzuki Ignis Sport – produced from 2003-2005 – featured a redesigned bumper, door creases, flared arches, a hatch-mounted spoiler and sporty alloy wheels. Our best guess for what the new version could look like is informed by the current Alto Turbo RS – a city car not available in the UK.
This means the Ignis Sport could feature similar sporty styling traits such as colour contrasting exterior trim pieces, redesigned bumpers with a larger grille, sporty side skirts, aggressive lines down the body panels, sporty alloy wheels and a roof mounted spoiler.
To allow for sportier handling, the car should also sit lower and offer a firmer ride thanks to reworked suspension setup. Larger alloy wheels will also reduce the deformation of the side of the tyre through corners further sharpening the car’s responses.
These modifications will significantly improve grip and agility over the standard model but could also cause a slightly detrimental effect on the ride quality. That said, so many contemporary hot hatches compromise themselves in pursuit of offering a balance of comfort and sportiness so a more old-school approach could be a welcome relief to the sector.
2018 Suzuki Ignis Sport interior
The interior shouldn’t deviate much from the standard car’s design, albeit adding small touches such as red trim around air vents, stitching on the steering wheel and seats, and paddles mounted on the rear of the steering wheel in automatic models.
The car’s infotainment system could also be updated for the sporty model, possibly adding readouts for torque and horsepower output along with the usual range of sat-nav instructions, radio controls and Bluetooth mobile phone interface.
2018 Suzuki Ignis Sport engines
Suzuki will probably fit the 1.0-litre turbo engine from the Baleno that produces a healthy 110hp. This will provide adequate power for the lightweight Ignis, giving it sprightly performance while returning respectable fuel economy figures thanks to the Ignis’ lightweight design.
Gearboxes will probably come in the form of either a standard six-speed manual an automated manual. Unless Suzuki can develop auto software that makes gearchanges smooth and predictable, this auto ‘box is best avoided. We suspect that, unlike the standard model, the Ignis Sport will only be offered with front-wheel drive in place of the standard car’s optional four-wheel drive.
2018 Suzuki Ignis Sport price and release date
There’s no news yet on when the Suzuki Ignis Sport will be released or teased. Suzuki could surprise us at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the Ignis Sport, releasing it alongside the new Suzuki Swift. Top-spec models currently cost £13,999 so the Sport could cost around £15,000-£16,000 when it’s released.