Maruti Suzuki has launched a new variant in the Ignis lineup with an automatic gearbox. The new Alpha variant now comes equipped with the AGS transmission, also known commonly as the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). The Ignis Alpha (AGS) petrol is priced at Rs 7.01 lakh, while Alpha (AGS) diesel is available at Rs 8.08 lakh, ex, showroom, pan India. The company launched the Ignis compact crossover this year with a petrol and diesel engines, both of which were offered with AGS but not on the top variants. However, demand for an automatic transmission has been on the rise in the last few years in India and customers now don’t mind paying for it even on top variants. Maruti Suzuki had earlier launched the Baleno with an automatic (CVT) gearbox only in the middle variant but was later forced to offer it on the top variants as well. The company understood this trend soon and hence offered AGS on top variants of the Dzire, right from the start. The introduction of this new Ignis variant too is driven the demand fro consumer, which highlights the shift in preference from a lower purchase value to a higher overall value and convenience.
The engines in the Ignis range consist of a 1.2-litre VVT (Variable Valve Timing) engine that develops 82 hp of power and 113 Nm of torque, while the diesel variants get a 1.3-litre DDiS unit which generates 74 hp and 190 Nm of torque. Both engines are paired to a 5-speed manual and an AMT , which was earlier offered only on the Zeta and Delta variants.
Maruti Suzuki recorded a growth of 20.6 percent in its sales in the month of July 2017. The company total sales stood at 165,346 units, which includes domestic and exports markets. In compact segment (Swift, Ritz, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno, Dzire) the manufacturer witnessed an increase of 25.3 percent in its sales and sold 63116 units in July 2017. The company is also planning to launch the facelift version of S-Cross around the festive season this year and will bring the new Swift in early 2018.