The Maruti Suzuki Ignis was last showcased in India at the Auto Expo in February 2016. While it was widely expected that the car would be launched before the festive season, the long waiting periods for the Baleno and Vitara Brezza left little room for squeezing the Ignis onto the assembly line. However, now it's clear that the Ignis will be launched in early 2017, translating into a launch time of around February 2017. We managed to catch the Ignis undergoing final testing on the roads of Delhi. The camouflaged model seems to production ready so the Ignis could be launched within this year or in early 2017.
Going by the images, the car retains the silhouette seen during the Auto Expo. Dimensionally, the car measures 3,700 mm in length and has a wheelbase of 2,435 mm. Bearing a crossover design, the Ignis sits pretty tall at a ground clearance of 180 mm, which is at par with some of the larger crossovers. One of the pictures in this story shows the Ignis standing next to a Wagon R, giving a good sense of its actual size. While the Ignis is a compact car, it looks more like a crossover than a tall-boy car such as the Wagon R.
The car in these pictures is equipped with steel wheels and alloy wheels at the front, bearing a new multi-spoke design in dark shade. As the car was in traffic, we couldn't get a picture of the interior, which anyway was fully covered. The Ignis is expected to feature a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and Apple CarPlay. This would be similar to the unit found in the Baleno but would be housed in a different-looking dashboard. On the safety front, the Ignis is expected to come with ABS with EBD and front-dual airbags and it'll be interesting to see how Maruti Suzuki draws out its variant line-up in terms of standard offerings.
The car is expected to be launched with the 1.0 litre Boosterjet three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine, developing around 110 hp. It is still unclear if the Ignis will be launched with a diesel engine as well or will it get one later. What is clear though is that the Ignis will not be a lazy car to drive. We followed the test mule for a few kilometres and sensing our camera, the driver tried to evade us. The speed at which the Ignis managed to accelerate a few times suggested peppy acceleration for the little car. The engine could be paired to a five-speed manual unit but Maruti Suzuki has the AMT as well as CVT transmissions too in its kitty. Hence it'll be interesting to see what kind of transmission offerings they'll provide.
Given the known specifications of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and its expected positioning, we expect the Ignis to be priced between Rs 4.9 to 7.25 lakh.