The completion of an extensive expansion programme at Suzuki’s European manufacturing facilities means a fresh new look for the UK model line-up.
A doubling of capacity from 100,000 to 200,000 units at its Hungarian plant means Swift and Ignis production is now fully on stream, allowing Suzuki GB both to reintroduce the popular Ignis 1.3 GL five-door with an enhanced specification and launch the three door derivative of the all-new Swift.
Meanwhile, Wagon R+ production has been switched to the Gliwice plant in Poland and the opportunity taken to provide it with a fantastically economical 1.2 litre engine.
Practicality combined with SUV-like styling
The Ignis 1.3 GL five door is priced at a highly competitive £7499 – that’s £500 less than the old on-the-road price, yet it remains generously equipped. Passive safety features strongly and driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags and active head restraints are complemented by three point ELR seatbelts for all seats, a rear centre head restraint and Isofix child seat anchorages.
It’s also particularly secure, with freewheeling door lock cylinders, deadlocks, and remote central locking with hazard lamp answer back. ABS with EBD, driver seat height adjuster, radio CD with six speakers, and information display featuring digital clock, outside temperature gauge and fuel consumption gauge - enabling the driver to observe the 43.5 mpg capability - are all part of the package.
This latest model takes the Ignis five door range to four models: 1.3 GL manual, 1.5 GL manual or auto and 1.5 4Grip GLX. Suzuki also continues to offer the 1.5 Sport three door. All Ignis models feature lively but economic VVT engines, the 1.3 litre variant producing 94 Ps and 87 lb ft of torque, the 1.5 litre 99 Ps and 98 lb ft of torque.
Wagon R+ now with 47.1 mpg Combined
The mini-mpv flexibility of Suzuki’s Wagon R+ has been winning over customers ever since its launch. Its ‘high-cube’ body, offering the load capacity of an estate car when the rear seats are folded together with the manoeuvrability of a compact, makes for a great all round family vehicle. Now, that versatility is complemented by an exceptionally frugal 80 PS 1.2 litre petrol engine. Performance is barely changed, and a 100 mph top speed is matched by 0 to 62 mph in 13.2 seconds. Yet fuel economy gets a useful boost, with Combined cycle fuel consumption improving from 44.8 mpg to 47.1 mpg, and CO2 emissions dropping from 150 to 144 g/km.
Unlike its predecessor, the 2005 Wagon R+ 1.2 GL, available in manual form only, benefits from air conditioning as standard; however, the price, at just £7999, remains unchanged. Customers also have a fresh palette of colours to choose from: Azurite Blue, Iris Blue Pearl metallic, Brilliant Silver metallic, Sunshine Lemon Yellow, Camellia Red, and Clover Green Silver Metallic.
Choice of three or five doors
With customer response to the new Suzuki Swift exceeding all expectations, the launch of the 1.3 GL three door manual model into Suzuki showrooms will only further enhance that popularity.
The Swift’s unique blend of eye-catching good looks, Japanese levels of build quality and European-inspired driving dynamics have brought a fresh approach to the compact car segment.
A spacious interior - at 1690 mm, the Swift has one of the widest bodies in its class - is complemented by a very comprehensive specification: front, side and curtain airbags, radio/CD player, remote central locking and immobiliser, electric front windows, electric and heated door mirrors, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and tinted glass.
With the latest three door model likely to spend much of its time in urban environments or on twisting country roads, its 92 PS 1.3 litre petrol engine has been selected for its strong performance at low and mid-range engine speeds, with torque peaking at 114 Nm at 4200 rpm.
It enables the Swift 1.3 litre to dispatch 0-62 mph in 11 seconds, reach a top speed of 109 mph, and record fuel consumption figures of 36.2, 55.4 and 46.3 mpg on the Urban, Extra Urban and Combined cycles, respectively.
The three door model completes the first phase of the all-new Swift’s introduction; in September the 1.3 litre DDi diesel model goes on sale, while next year the range is to be expanded with a cabriolet variant with folding metal roof and, exploiting the full potential of the Swift’s capable chassis, a high performance 1.6-litre derivative.Published 9 June 2005