13 January 2017 Maruti Suzuki India Limited has finally launched its first compact crossover, the Ignis in India at the starting price of Rs 4.59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The car has been launched in 4 different variants and comes with the choice of a petrol and diesel motor. Maruti will sell the Ignis through its Nexa dealership chain which essentially means that customers in tier-2 and tier-3 cities will have to wait a little longer in order to get access to this new luxury crossover. The car is up against the likes of Mahindra KUV 1oo, Hyundai Grand i10, and Ford Figo among others. Igniscomes with 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. These motors are already doing duty in many other Maruti models and have got excellent track record on fuel efficiency and performance. Transmission options include both manual and automatic.Among the other key highlights of Ignis is the smartphone linkage display audio system (SLDA) which allows the users to connect their phonesto the infotainments system for performing host of the features like music playing, media exchange, and various other call features.Along with connectivity, company has alsofocused upon the safety aspects as Ignis has got dual front airbags and anti-Lock braking System as a standard part of equipment across the range.
With decades of experience in designing cars for specific Indian requirements, Maruti Suzuki continues to be most trusted brand in the industry. After the success of stylish Baleno and proportionate Brezza, the company has launched another compact car – the hatchback Ignis and this marks the beginning of 2017 for them.
Prices for Maruti Suzuki Ignis start at Rs. 4.59 lakhs for the petrol and Rs. 6.39 lakhs for the diesel model. It will be sold through the NEXA dealership chain. There are four variants: Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha of which base trim Sigma is available only with the petrol engine.
Here’s a look at the specs:
- The petrol engine is 1.2 litre, 4-cylinder VVT that generates 82 bhp at 6000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 4200 rpm
- The diesel engine is 1.3 litre DDiS that churns out 74 bhp at 4000 rpm and 190 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm
There are two transmission options with both the engines: 5 speed manual transmission and 5 speed AMT.
Designed as a hatchback crossover, Ignis has fresh look and exudes funky feel. Its broad, single-framed chrome lined grille is drawn out across the entire face of the car. This grille also takes in the headlamp clusters that get LED projectors and DRLs on top end versions. The number plate is placed on the lower bumper that has the same pattern as the radiator grille. And sides are taken by circular fog lamps.
At just 3700 mm long, 1690 mm wide and 1595 mm tall, Ignis still looks prominent with its upright stance. It has flared wheel arches that add to the car’s stable looking platform. On the top end version, you will find 15 inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels with 175/65 R15 tyres. The plastic cladding around the wheel arches and also lining the door panels highlights its appeal.
There are roof rails (in silver/ black as per trim level) for more sportiness and the C-pillar is thick with Suzuki triad design – triple slat styling feature. This is supposedly a tribute to the Suzuki cars from the 1970s and 80s.
For its rear, the Ignis has an old-school look that does look attractive. The rear windscreen is sharply angled and the 2-piece tail lamps have a blocky design. The number plate housing at this end is placed in the centre of the hatch gate and right above it is the Suzuki logo.
The cabin design has a more contemporary look and feel than what’s given on the exterior of this quirky hatchback. There is a dual tone dashboard layout. Steering wheel is chunky and hooded instrument console has pleasingly readable fonts. MID is located to the right of the large speedometer. The gauge cluster has ambient lighting that can be customised.
Top end trims get a big touchscreen infotainment system that does attract attention on the dashboard. It has features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link – these are not only debutants in a Maruti vehicle but also a segment first. Mid level trim Zeta has standard infotainment setup comprising CD player, Bluetooth, USB & Aux.
Maruti has added all the bells and whistles expected and these are in the form of automatic climate control system with toggle switches, start/stop button and electrically adaptable & foldable ORVMs.
Another good thing about Ignis is the spaciousness of its cabin. The fabric seats are well-designed and comfortable. Legroom is plentiful and the headroom is also admirable. More details on this aspect will be covered in our comprehensive Expert Review that also involves performance test of the vehicle.
The boot too does not compromise on space even though the wheelbase accommodates good room for the passengers. There is 265 litres of storage space behind the rear seat.
With regards to safety features, all variants of Ignis get dual airbags, ABS + EBD and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard. The company mentions that this hatchback has been devised and engineered to comply with impending norms for side impact, offset crash and pedestrian safety.
There is a choice between 6 body colours for Maruti Ignis. These are Uptown Red, Silky Silver, Pearl Arctic White, Glistening Grey, Tinsel Blue and Urban Blue. Customers who pay the booking amount also have the option to get the exteriors and cabin of their car customised.
The petrol line-up with starting ex-showroom price of Rs 4.59 lakhs has its top end Alpha trim priced Rs 6.69 lakhs. And the diesel which begins at Rs 6.39 lakhs has the top variant costing Rs 7.80 lakhs. The AMT version is available only with base Delta and mid-spec Zeta trims in both engine options.
The claimed fuel efficiency is 20.86 km/litre for petrol and 26.80 km/litre for the diesel.
With retro appeal, spacious cabin and reliability of brand Maruti, the Ignis looks like a promising product although pricing is little on higher side. It has to compete in the overcrowded hatchback segment and we want to see how well it performs for Maruti Suzuki before they bring the eagerly awaited new model of Swift.