Maruti Suzuki has unveiled the Ignis and prices will be announced on January 13, 2017. This will be the third car to be sold from Nexa dealerships after the S-Cross and Baleno. It will share the fifth generation platform with the Baleno, however, the Ignis will be lighter than the Baleno because of its dimensions. The top end variant will also have the option of a dual tone colour with a black roof and customers can also opt for customisation options like roof wraps on the outside.
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis will have LED projector headlamps and LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), the former being a first for the company. In addition, the compact car will also have chrome inserts to accentuate a premium feel to the exterior. In addition, higher variants would also be offered with fog lamps and chrome inserts
All versions of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will come with 15-inch rim size and 175/55 section tyres. The top end variant will be offered with black alloy wheels. Incidentally, Maruti Suzuki Ignis will come with the same tyre and rim/alloy size unlike cars which are launched with a downsized tyre size in the lower trims.
The rear of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will be offered with a clear tail lamp unit and black cladding on the rear bumper. The variants equipped with the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system will also have reverse parking sensors and camera as an optional fitment. For the top-end version, this feature will be standard.
Powering the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will be two engine options, a 1.2 litre K-Series petrol engine and a 1.3 litre DDiS diesel engine which will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) gearbox. Unlike the speculations where the petrol engine powered variants would get a CVT (Continously Variable Transmission) to keep costs in check as well as provide the option of an automatic transmission in the diesel versions. For the Baleno, the ARAI certified fuel efficiency is 27.39 kmpl from the diesel engine and 21.4 kmpl for the petrol engine. These figures will be marginally better in the Ignis as it is lighter than the Baleno.
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis will be offered with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system similar to the one offered on the Baleno. However, this unit will not be integrated into the dashboard and will be mounted on it. The infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in order to integrate a smartphone's functions on the touchscreen along with navigation via an SD card, USB, AUX and radio.
The interior of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will have dual tone dash board colour them with dark upholstery for the seats. Like the exterior customisation options, the company is offering customisation of the exterior colour on select components inside the car like the centre console, portion of the dashboard door handles etc. The top end variant will also get steering mounted audio and phone controls to operate the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system