The facelifted Suzuki Ignis has officially arrived in South Africa three years after the original model’s launch, sporting updated looks but (rather refreshingly) the same price.

As before, the local Ignis line-up comprises three variants (now that the two special-edition derivatives have left the range), each powered by Suzuki’s familiar 61 kW/113 N.m naturally aspirated 1,2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels via either a five-speed manual gearbox or an automated manual transmission.

The Ignis 1,2 GL is still priced at R182 900, while the 1,2 GLX is at an unchanged R204 900 and the 1, 2 GLX AMT still R221 900.

So, what’s new? Well, the “S” badge up front is now flanked by four chromed square slots spread across the grille. The Japanese firm has also added a new lower bumper design, which now incorporates the foglamps (on GLX models), as well as a bolder faux skidplate. Round back, the black bumper insert has been ditched in favour of another faux skidplate.

Suzuki has also added new exterior colours to the mix, while the cabin receives either silver or blue cabin accents (depending on the exterior colour).

Available exterior hues include Arctic White Pearl Metallic, Silky Silver Metallic, Glistening Grey Metallic, Turquoise Blue Pearl Metallic and Midnight Black with Pearl Finish. New two-tone options, meanwhile, include Stargaze Blue Pearl Metallic/Black and Lutecent Orange/Black Metallic.

As before, the Ignis ships standard with Suzuki’s two-year/30 000 km service plan and a (promotional) five-year/200 000 km warranty.