Maruti Suzuki unveiled the Ignis hatchback at the 2016 Auto Expo which will be their latest entry in the premium hatchback segment in India. This is what we expect for the India-spec version that would be introduced in the country in 2017.
It will be very similar to the WagonR in terms of the tall stance, but that said, the Ignis have its own identity. Since it will be sold through the company's Nexa outlets, the overall design will have premium elements such as LED Daytime Running Lamps, projector headlamps and chrome accessories. Blackened out A, B and C pillars will give hatchback a floating roof effect.
In addition, the Ignis will have large bulging wheel arches to give it a big car appeal. Higher variants will have full wheel covers over steel rims and the top-end version will come with alloy wheels to accentuate the premium appeal.
Engine & Transmission
While the European-spec versions will have more engine options, Maruti Suzuki will introduce the Ignis with the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and the 1.3-litre DDIS diesel engines, seen under the hood of the Baleno, Swift and other cars in the country. Power generated by the petrol engine is a healthy 90 hp while the diesel is expected to be a tad less at 88 hp.
The diesel engine, however, is expected to come with Maruti Suzuki's SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild-hybrid system which will deliver class-leading fuel efficiency. While the petrol engine is expected to have a CVT automatic transmission option, both engine options will also get a 5-speed manual transmission.
Recently, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis scored five stars in the Euro NCAP Crash Test, although, the hatchback is a European-spec version with an optional safety package which includes side head, chest and pelvis airbags apart from the dual front airbags. Although the former set of airbags are not expected to be a part of the Indian-spec versions, front dual airbags will be offered in the higher trims.
The Ignis also fared well in terms of structural rigidity, according to the Euro NCAP and essentially the structural rigidity of the hatchback will remain uncompromised.
The Ignis is expected to be sold with premium features such as a touchscreen infotainment system that is seen in the Baleno, Vitara Brezza, Ciaz and other Maruti Suzuki models. Like all other cars, the infotainment system will support USB, Bluetooth and AUX playback along with navigation through an SD card as well as seamlessly integrate an Apple iPhone's screen through Apple CarPlay. We would love to see an upgrade in the infotainment system for Android phones as well.
Along with the infotainment system, the Ignis is expected to have push button start/stop, automatic climate control, reverse parking sensors with camera, leather upholstery with two tone colour scheme for higher variants. Considering the list of features on the Baleno and other existing Maruti Suzuki models, the Ignis will also be packed to the hilt with convenience and rather cool features.
Price and Competitors
Since the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will be sold through the company's Nexa outlets, it is expected to be priced around Rs 5.5 lakh. Knowing Maruti Suzuki, it is needless to say that considering the competitors which would be the likes of the Hyundai i20 Active and Mahindra KUV1OO, the Ignis will be a value-for-money offering.
Prices of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis are expected to be announced in the first quarter of 2017 and we at Express Drives are eagerly waiting for it.