Discontinued in 2008 after only eight years in production, the Suzuki Ignis is about to make as a more modern mini SUV. Previewed by the IM-4 concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the production model will make its official debut at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show in October. Although Suzuki released a handful of photos of the new crossover, official details are still in the vault. However, the Japanese have already prepared a new concept car based on the Ignis, which will also be showcased in Tokyo in less than a month.

Dubbed Ignis Trail, the concept "expands upon the Ignis concept of urban and outdoor versatility by offering even greater rough-road ruggedness." In other words, it’s a more off-road capable version of the Ignis that, if put into production, will allow drivers to tackle more than just the potholes of crowded city streets.

Suzuki didn’t say whether it plans to put the Ignis Trail in production, but if it does, it might have what it takes to give the Jeep Renegade a run for its money. We should find out more at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show so make sure you stick around for details. Meanwhile, check out my speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Suzuki Ignis Trail Concept.

  • 2015 Suzuki Ignis Trail Concept
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    2015
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    10 sec. (Est.)
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    110 mph (Est.)
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Exterior

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On the outside, the Trail concept seems like a slightly beefed up Ignis, featuring flared wheel arches with plastic moldings and revised side skirts for a more rugged appearance. The roof is painted black on the concept – whereas the regular car’s is body-colored – and fitted with roof rails. The crossover also rides on bigger wheels and it appears as if the ride height has been increased by a few inches.

Although the rims seem identical to the production model’s as far as design goes, they do come in a two-tone, black and red finish. The same shade of bright red replaces the chrome around the front grille and fog lamps and complements the white body in the form of a thin stripe that runs from the front fender, across the doors, and then goes up toward the tailgate. There are no photos of the car’s rear section, but I’m guessing we will see more red accents around the back.

Interior

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The design of the interior remained identical to the standard model’s, down to the two-tone dashboard and door panels and the orange center console. However, the Trail concept does feature a few enhancements such as black and white seats with orange piping and the same orange accents for the floor mats. Everything else seems standard Ignis business, but more details will surface in Tokyo.

Drivetrain

There’s no word yet as to what will motivate the Trail concept, but Suzuki will probably use of the two drivetrains available for the standard Ignis. Although the Japanese have yet to release any info on that, the crossover should arrive with the same engines as the Baleno hatchback, as both vehicles share the same underpinnings.

Hopefully Suzuki will spill the beans on the AWD system

The base unit is an updated version of the brand’s familiar 1.2-liter Dualijet four-cylinder rated at 89 horsepower and 89 pound-feet of torque. It comes mated to a five-speed manual as standard and a CVT as an option. The second powerplant is a newly developed 1.0-liter three-cylinder dubbed Boosterjet. It cranks out 110 horses and 125 pound-feet of twist through either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

My best guess is that the concept will feature the more powerful engine. Although four-wheel drive will be an option on the regular Ignis, the Trail should include it as standard if it goes into production.

Hopefully Suzuki will also spill the beans on the AWD system and the upgrades that make the Ignis Trail a better off-roader at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Conclusion

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With the official details surrounding the new Ignis still under wraps, it’s not yet possible to draw a proper conclusion as to what the Trail concept is capable of. Sure, the mini SUV features an attractive wrapper that suggests Suzuki has enhanced its off-roading skills, but we won’t know for sure until the brand releases actual details about its drivetrain, suspension, and AWD system. Of course, I don’t expect it be as capable as a Baja truck, but it has plenty of potential and a production version could have the ability to give the Jeep Renegade a good run for its money in Europe.

  • Leave it
    • Just a concept for now
    • No official details to run by

Press Release

Suzuki Motor Corporation has announced its exhibits for the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 (organised by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association), which will open to the public on 30 October until 8 November.

2015 Suzuki Ignis Trail Concept High Resolution Exterior
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The theme for Suzuki’s booth is “SUZUKI NEXT 100”. Suzuki will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020, so the exhibits represent proposals for products and technologies that give a sense of the company’s preparations for ongoing success in the next 100 years.

A range of concept models will show how Suzuki can deliver wonder and enjoyment to drivers and riders. The concept cars will include the IGNIS, which gives shape to Suzuki’s foray into the new compact crossover genre; and the MIGHTY DECK, which offers new kinds of fun in the minicar segment.

The booth will also highlight other technologies that include exhibits such as cutaway models of newly developed engines.

The IGNIS-Trail Concept expands upon the IGNIS concept of urban and outdoor versatility by offering even greater rough-road ruggedness.
Large diameter wheels and bold wheel-arch mouldings are included in a design package that heightens compact-crossover enjoyment by emphasizing the IGNIS-Trail Concept’s outdoor credentials.

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