All New Ignis | Part Two

Attractive exterior design

In an area of the market where strong design has become an essential ingredient for success, the Suzuki Ignis helps in a very wide variety of ways to rewrite the compact car rule book.

Bold contours and distinctive design touches set Ignis apart from conventionally configured compact cars while the air of confident refinement and practicality afforded by the tall body is immediately apparent.

As a result Ignis is much more than just an example of attractive automotive architecture and its unique exterior design helps to maximise functionality, providing it with a multitude of advantages and, for its owners, the confidence that it will be able to cope with the demands imposed by a very wide range of everyday uses.

Particularly manoeuvrable

With a compact overall length just two inches short of twelve feet [3,615mm] and an overall width of 62.8 inches [1,595mm] the Ignis is a particularly easy car to manoeuvre.

Even the smallest of parking spaces are easily accessed, thanks to electric power steering fitted as standard, while the high body and large glass area ensure superb all-round visibility for driver and passengers alike.

Another advantage of the Ignis's design is that ground clearance is superior to any other challengers in the class. With a minimum of 6.5 ins [165mm] between the road and the underneath of the car, traversing unmade roads and encountering everyday hazards such as speed bumps and roadworks create no problem.

Suzuki designers have also succeeded in creating a distinctive, particularly stylish front end which incorporates a black slatted radiator grille flanked by large curved ëfaired-iní multi-reflector headlamp assemblies which incorporate the indicators and sidelights and a link with the sculptured lines of the body.

Fog lamps [standard on the GL five-door model and an accessory option on both the three-door GA and GL] are incorporated into the bumpers providing optimum visibility in poor conditions and accentuating the carís sporting looks.

Viewed side on the use of powerful wheel arch creases contribute the bodyís chunky and solid appearance whilst, overall, the tall profile ensures that Ignis, quite literally, stands out from and dominates the crowd.

Black plastic mouldings integrated within each wheel arch add a further distinctive visual touch and help to protect the arch itself from stone chips and debris thrown up from the road surface.

Viewed from the rear the most striking design feature is the tail lamp clusters mounted high on the body on either side of the curved rear screen.

This arrangement - combined with the high mounted rear stop lamp fitted as standard on all models - helps to give the driver of any following vehicle a clearer warning of the drivers intentions and provides the Ignis with another distinctive styling touch.

continues... | Part Three
Published 6 August 2003 Melanie Carter

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