Maruti Suzuki has heralded Year 2017 in style. The automaker launched their new stylish hatchback, the Ignis on January 13th 2017. Interestingly, the launch event held in Delhi was marked by a music concert by Axwell. And this was a neat way to catch the attention of the youth segment as they are the vehicle’s primary target audience. Keeping in mind the target audience, the design, styling and overall look has a very youthful exuberance.
The Maruti Ignis was first showcased in India a year ago, in the Auto Expo 2016. But it had made its first global debut in the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show followed by a European unveiling in the 2016 Paris Motor Show. And in these launches, it scored a good 3-star rating too. The crossover Ignis will be retailed exclusively via the NEXA showrooms. The Baleno and the S-Cross are also only retailed via the NEXA outlets. It is said that this hatchback will eventually replace the Maruti Ritz.
It is the third crossover to be released from the automaker’s stable, the earlier crossovers being the popular Maruti Vitara Brezza and the S-Cross.
The vehicle can seat 4-5 people comfortably and it wears a very attractive, spanking new design and the front façade wears chrome inserts, while the back façade wears black inserts. A surprise twist to the design element is seen in the square headlamps and it is said to be the only hatchback to have LED headlamps.
The Ignis comes in a range of variants named, Sigma, Delta, Zeta, and Alpha, offered in different combinations. The 5-speed transmission manual and AMT versions, is offered in both petrol and diesel versions. It comes with a 1.3L diesel engine that offers 74bhp and 190Nm of peak torque, while the 1.2L petrol engine offers 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. The starting price for the base version, Sigma starts at around 4.59 lakhs and goes up to about 7.8 lakhs.
All the vehicle variants are powered by 4 cylinders and come in a length of 3700mm, a width of 1690mm, and a height of 1595mm. Its wheelbase is about 2,435mm and it has a ground clearance of 180mm. Its boot space is about 260L and a fuel tank capacity of 32 litres.
The Ignis tallboy design is quirky and interesting and it comes in a range of features and options including touch screen display, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth options, powered windows and mirrors, driver seat adjustability, 15inch alloy wheels, rear defogger, parking sensors, keyless entry, and an interesting start-stop push button system. The Ignis comes with appealing dual-tone colour schemes which can also be customised. There are totally 9 body colour options offered, and 3 interior colour options offered.
The Ignis immediate competition would be the popular, established, Hyundai Grand i10, the Mahindra KUV 100, the Honda Brio and the newly-launched, Tata Bolt.
There is a lot of interest, hope, and expectations’ riding on this vehicle. Maruti is hoping that it would be able to reprise the popularity and magic of its last year’s hit vehicles, the premium hatchback, the Baleno and the compact crossover, the Vitara Brezza. Initial, booking figures seem promising, but ultimately, the vehicle’s on-road performance will determine if it is a winner and if it will be a runaway success or not.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Sigma
Maruti Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Delta
Maruti Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Delta (AMT)
Maruti Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Zeta
Maruti Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Zeta (AMT)
Maruti Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Alpha
Maruti Suzuki Ignis 1.3 Delta
Maruti Suzuki Ignis 1.3 Zeta
Maruti Suzuki Ignis 1.3 Delta (AMT)
Maruti Suzuki Ignis 1.3 Zeta (AMT)
Maruti Suzuki Ignis 1.3 Alpha