The Maruti Ignis will be third MSI product to be sold through NEXA premium dealerships.
Maruti Suzuki India has revealed the launch date and details of the much-awaited Ignis crossover at an event in New Delhi. The carmaker has confirmed that the Maruti Ignis will go on sale in India on January 13 2017. With the all-new Maruti Ignis, the Indo-Japanese carmaker aims to appeal the ‘Millennials’ – the young generation born between late 80s and early 90s. The company also confirmed that it will roll out more cars for the ‘Millennails’ in coming future.
As a reminder, the Maruti Ignis first broke cover in the iM-4 concept avatar at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and its production model was first previewed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. In India, the Maruti Ignis will have Mahindra KUV100, as its rival, which is currently the only car in its category. The crossover is likely to be introduced as a replacement to the Maruti Ritz. Maruti Suzuki claims that the small car carries DNA of an SUV combined with latest technology, uniqueness and innovation. But we can only comment on any of these things after driving it.
Maruti Suzuki India has confirmed that the Ignis crossover will see a release on 13th January, 2017.
|Base Model||₹5 lakh|
|Top Model||₹7 lakh|
|Petrol Engine||1.2-litre K-Series|
|Max Power||83bhp @6000rpm|
|Max Torque||115Nm @4000rpm|
|Diesel Engine||>1.3-litre DDiS|
|Max Power||73.9bhp @4000rpm|
|Max Torque||190Nm @2000rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT & AMT|
Engine options for the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will include the tried & tested 1.3-litre MJD diesel and 1.2-litre K-Series petrol. Both the power trains have been borrowed from the Baleno premium hatchback. While the diesel unit is capable of generating a peak power output of 74bhp and 190Nm of peak torque, the petrol mill is good enough for 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. Interestingly, both the engine will be made available with a 5-speed manual and an AMT gearbox options. As a reminder, the AMT equipped version of the mini SUV was showcased at the 2016 Indonesian Motor Show.
Mileage figures of the Ignis will be equivalent to the Swift twins as all three share the engine. While the petrol model could return over 20kmpl, the diesel-engined version is likely to give 26kmpl. This will make it more fuel efficient than the Mahindra KUV100.
The Indo-Japanese carmaker has confirmed that the all-new Ignis crossover will come with a choice of three dual-tone shades – Blue-White, Blue-Black and Red-Black. Besides this, there will be a range of single tone colors.
|Kerb Weight||880kgs – 920kgs|
|Boot Space||258-litre (expandable up to 415-litre)|
|Seating Capacity||5 passengers|
Dimensionally, the Maruti Ignis measures 3,700mm in length and 1,660mm in width with a height of 1,595mm and a wheelbase of 2,438mm. This makes it shorter than the Vitara Brezza. It stands tall with a ground clearance of 180mm, which is good enough for Indian roads. Despite being compact in size, the Ignis offers a luggage space of 258-litres. One can expand it up to 415-litres by folding the rear seats.
Once launched, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will challenge the Mahindra KUV100, which is the only mini SUV in India as of now. Besides the KUV100, Maruti Suzuki’s crossover might also affect the sales of hatchback-based crossovers such as Chevrolet Beat Activ, Hyundai i20 Active, Toyota Etios Cross, etc.
The Maruti Ignis will be carrying crossover-ish stance. Most of its design elements have been borrowed from its concept version. Based on the Suzuki’s new generation platform, that also underpins the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Ignis will be lighter and robust. Up front the car gets a broad grille, boxy headlamps with U-shaped LED daytime running lamps and clam-shell bonnet.
The Ignis will be the first Maruti car to get the LED projector headlamps. While the plain surfaces and straight rooflines enhance its tall design, the jagged-up profile gives it a distinctive look. The flared wheel arches and large black alloy wheels complement the sporty appearance of the car. The sunglass-clad look at the front, shell-like roof and slits on the C-pillar further add to its muscular appeal.
The blacked out A and B pillars give a sporty look to its side profile. Other design elements include power-foldable and adjustable wing mirrors with integrated blinkers and pull-style door handles instead of flush units. While the top-spec model will be exclusively fitted with 10-spoke, 16-inch aluminium wheels and 175/60 tyres, the base variants will have 15-inch wheels.
The rear design of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis appears quite neat and simple with conventional bumper with black insert, tailgate mounted spoiler, turn indicators and a rear windscreen wiper. The top-of-the-line model, with 2WD drive train system, carries a kerb weight of 880kg. Maruti Suzuki will also offer several customization options with the Ignis through a new Maruti iCreate app, with the help of which a buyer can personalise his/her car. The accessory package will include roof finish, decals, dashboard accents, seat covers, etc.
The cabin of the Maruti Ignis looks quite familiar as it shares most of its design bits with the Baleno & the Swift. There is a dual-tone dashboard with integrated touch screen display and sporty orange highlights on dash and door panels. Feature such as Smart Play infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility, as seen on the concept, will be exclusively offered on the top-spec model. The list of features will also include a Bluetooth-enabled audio system with AUX-in and USB connectivity, regenerative braking, automatic climate control, heated front seats and keyless entry with engine starter button.
While the European-spec model comes equipped with MirrorLink touchscreen entertainment system with navigation and sliding rear seats, the India-spec model is likely to miss out on those. The Ignis will offer a decent legroom for the front and rear seat occupants, thanks to its 5-seats arrangement. The foldable rear seats can be adjusted for creating additional 165mm legroom.
All variants of the Ignis will have dual airbags and ABS (anti-lock braking system) as standard safety features. Features like EBD, ESP, automatic headlights with automatic levelling, dual camera brake support (DCBS), weaving alert and lane departure warning could also be on offer. Though it’s still not clear if all these features will also be offered on the India-bound model.