Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Maruti Suzuki will be foraying into the sub-compact SUV segment with the Ignis in Auto Expo 2016. Like the Baleno, Ignis name is making a comeback in a new Avatar. Maruti despite being the largest car manufacturer is becoming fitter and fiercer, making the life of other car manufacturers miserable. One of the secrets of Maruti’s success is its wide product portfolio. Name any segment; you get an able product from the Maruti-Suzuki stable. With the new Ignis, Maruti will be eying it’s supremacy in the sub-compact SUV segment pioneered by the recently launched Mahindra KUV 100.
The new Ignis broke cover as a concept (code named iM4) in the 2015 Tokyo motor show. The road-ready model of this car was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor show with the Ignis badge. Ignis is built upon on the lighter Baleno platform.
The car has a boxy but modern design. Suzuki has put in a lot effort, especially at the front to infuse the SUV character to a small car template, and we must say that they could achieve it with fair amount of success. The front end is dominated by the LED integrated headlamps with an SUVish chrome grill. Also the slats on the sides of the hood is a smart touch. The side is boxy, with muscular wheel arches and the rear quarter reminds us of the old Fiat Uno.
Also at the rear, the hatch has a raked design to generate more interior space (again this was adopted by Fiat on the Uno).
The interiors have a dual-tone theme and the dashboard gets a sporty orange shade which gels very well with the character of the car. The dash design is simple and has mostly straight lines, and there is a touch screen tab (similar to one on the Mercedes-Benz cars) at the centre. The car is pretty spacious by compact car standards offering sufficient legroom at the front as well as the rear.
Ride and Handling
Considering the underpinnings shared with the Baleno, the car is expected to handle well on the twisties.
The car will come with both Petrol and Diesel engine options. Maruti is expected to plonk in the 1.2 Liter K-Series petrol unit and the immensely popular 1.3 Liter Multi-jet diesel unit engines under the Ignis hood. Suzuki may also try to fit in the smaller 0.8 Liter 2-cylinder diesel unit doing powering duties in the Diesel Celerio.
No doubt, this car will rake in numbers for Maruti from the day one. The car will not only create a challenge for the recently introduced Mahindra KUV100 but also will eat into the sales of sub-compact car sales.