Automobile giant Maruti Suzuki launched a new "urban compact vehicle" Ignis on January 13. The new generation crossover which made its debut in the Tokyo Motorshow last year is all set to gather prominence in the highly competitive Indian market.
Maruti has already garnered greater sales volumes with Baleno and Breeza and all eyes will be on this concept vehicle.
Ignis will directly compete against the likes of KUV 100 and the marketing strategy will be to present the vehicle as a hatchback in the form of small Compact SUV. The car will be available only through the premium Nexas dealerships across the
country. This will be the third major release from the cabins of Nexa after the Baleno and S-Cross crossover. Maruti has already started the pre-booking of Ignis at Rs.11,000.
This urban compact vehicle is competitively priced between Rs.4.59-7.8 lakhs.
The petrol version comes with a 1.2 litre K-series engine with an inline four-cylinder capable of producing 83bhp of power with maximum torque of 115Nm. Maruti Suzuki has placed the tried and tested 1.3 litre DDiS diesel engine in Ignis which carries a 5-speed manual gearbox. The diesel is expected to deliver a power of 74bhp with a peak torque of 190Nm. ARAI figure shows that Ignis is estimated to give a mileage of 20.89 kmpl for petrol and 26.80 kmpl for diesel.
Maruti has characterized Ignis interiors with black layout encompassed with silver accents. The quality of plastics used is decent and similar to that of Swift. The cabin looks as a well thought process with increased legroom and comfortable head, shoulder cushions. It will be easy to slide in and out of the car for tall passengers with this increased dynamics.
The car is well equipped with 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, USB, BlueTooth connectivity, reverse parking sensors, automatic climate control and a multi-function steering wheel. The air-conditioning works fine and the dials used in the dashboard are of premium quality.
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The austere-looking body of Ignis with well-crafted proportions and a very excessive ostentatious styling gives the car a very distinctive look. The round roof with straight lines also adds up to the charm to fascinate the buyers. Masculine style, front fascia and the slits on the C-pillar with shell-shaped roof makes Ignis a worth looking gem from the exterior. Ignis measures slightly greater than KUV100: 3,700mm in totality with 1,660mm in width and 1,595mm in height. The car comes with 180mm of ground clearance.
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Ignis offers dual front airbags along with ABS and EBD as standard, keeping an eye on the safety regulations set by the Government of India. Moreover, Adding to that, Ignis comply to upcoming pedestrian safety, side, rear and offset crash-test regulations in the country.
Ignis advantage lies in the safety features and the seating comfortability for the passengers. High ground clearance and increased cabin space will also add up to the list to deliver a great driving experience. The main con will be in the edgy design which may not appeal to the older audience.