New Ignis 5-Door Hatchback Announced | Part Two

New Ignis 5-Door Hatchback

 

Steering wheel, gear shift and heating/ventilation controls The three spoke steering wheel has been designed for greater comfort and to provide superior grip whilst the gearshift is leather-covered and surrounded by a matching leather skirt.

Below the integrated radio/CD player are circular controls for the four speed heating and ventilation system. Air conditioning is available as an option.

Supportive, comfortable seats

All five seats provide good levels of comfort as well as firm support. Front seats slide and recline and the driver's seat is fitted with a height adjuster.

Two new VVT engine options

Lively but economic performance is provided by the new 1.3 and 1.5 litre VVT engines both of which are Euro 4 compliant. The 1.3 is particularly fuel efficient whilst the 1.5 - designed specifically for the new Ignis - features higher torque and greater output, particularly advantageous when combined with the automatic transmission or the 4GRIP four wheel drive system.

Manual or automatic

A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on both the 1.3 and the 1.5 4GRIP model. A four-speed automatic transmission will be available as an option for the 1.5 litre with two wheel drive. Matched exactly to the characteristics of this engine, it utilises precise electronic controls for smoother and quieter driving and a lockup clutch in the torque converter to minimise fuel consumption.

Full time 4GRIP four wheel drive

The Ignis 4GRIP, the full time four wheel drive model, provides greater control and traction on broken or slippery surfaces. In this model a viscous coupling is positioned just in front of the rear axle to optimise weight distribution,further enhancing four wheel drive performance and minimising differential and axle vibration.

Responsive handling; excellent ride comfort

The suspension system has been tuned to provide precise handling for the driver and excellent levels of ride comfort for passengers. At the front MacPherson strut suspension uses shock absorbers with built-in rebound springs whilst, at the rear, Suzuki's Isolated Trailing Link (three-link) system is installed, providing stability without sacrificing ride comfort.

continues... | Part Three
Published 21 September 2003 Melanie Carter
 

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