Suzuki Motor Corporation has showcased the Ignis compact crossover at the Paris Motor Show. The Ignis is slated to be launched in India around the festive season in order to cash in on the positive consumer-buying sentiment. Although the Ignis showcased at the Paris Motor Show is of European spec, the India-spec model isn't expected to be largely different.
One of the key features about the design of the Ignis is the way it merges the dimensions of a hatchback with the higher stance of a crossover without looking like a tall-boy hatchback. The boxy design gives the Ignis a dynamic stance and appealing character. The European model bears LED daytime running lights (DRLs), which are expected to be carried forward to India, as seen on the Baleno.
The Ignis was showcased with a 1.2 DUALJET engine (K12C), petrol engine, which has been equipped with the Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS), to offer improved fuel-efficiency. This technology is already available in India on the Ciaz and Ertiga and both models offered a considerable increase in fuel-efficiency after being equipped with SHVS. This engine is paired to a five-speed manual transmission. In India, we expect the company to launch the 1.0 L three-cylinder Boosterjet petrol engine as well. The same engine will also be launched soon in the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS. Maruti Suzuki, however, hasn't made any official confirmation on the specifications but has earlier confirmed that the Ignis will be launched in 2016.