Hybrid Powerboost for Updated Suzuki Ignis

Suzuki has focused on improved power-to-weight statistics for its facelifted self-charging hybrid Ignis compact SUV.

The extra power is there to enhance the car’s more rugged, utilitarian styling hinting at placing the model to attract consumers looking for serious off-roading abilities. At its heart is an updated K12D 1.2-liter gasoline engine which features a revised dual injection system claiming improved power response and high fuel efficiency.

Three technical highlights include its fully electric intake variable valve timing (VVT) system, a variable displacement oil pump and electric piston cooling jets. Claimed maximum power output is 80bhp with a torque figure of 79ft-lbs at just 2,800rpm. This is augmented by an enhanced hybrid electric system powered by a new lithium-ion battery with capacity upgraded from 3Ah to 10Ah to improve energy recovery efficiency.

This upgraded 12-volt Hybrid system claims compact dimensions and weight saving, incorporating an integrated starter generator (ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor. The ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking.

The unit adds 3bhp to the system’s overall power output plus torque of 36ft-lbs, while adding just 13.64-lbs to the overall weight of the car. For the Ignis with two-wheel drive manual transmission, the hybrid system helps the car reach claimed CO2 emissions of 114g/km on the WLTP rating while achieving 55.7mpg (46.38mpg US) on the combined cycle.

For off-roaders, the car adopts Suzuki’s Allgrip Auto four-wheel drive system which is available optionally on the SZ5 model with manual transmission. This includes hill descent control and also grip control which activates on slippery surfaces at speeds of less than 18mph. When switched on it focuses torque on the driven wheels that have grip and will quickly apply braking to the wheel that is spinning.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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