We earlier told you about Maruti Suzuki's plans of launching the Ignis cross-hatch during the festive season in November 2016. But, now, it is being learnt, courtesy ET Auto, that the company has delayed the launch of Ignis to 2017. The reason behind deferring the launch is said to be the backlog of 1 Lakh bookings of Baleno and Vitara Brezza. The country's largest automaker had planned to commence Ignis' production by the last week of September, but now it has been postponed to last week of November.
Maruti Ignis made its first public appearance in India at the 2016 Auto Expo in February. "Any new product, before launching, goes through a series of trial production. With waiting (Vitara Brezza and Baleno) customers, it was decided that instead of blocking capacity ahead of the festive season towards trial of Ignis, the company would rather produce more of the in-demand products and reduce their waiting period," said one of the people. The Ignis could raise sales by 60,000-80,000 units per annum for Maruti, as told by the vendors. And hence, it would put more pressure on already stretched capacity for the current financial year.
It is being learnt through various reports that the Ignis would be the third company vehicle to be retailed via NEXA range of premium dealerships, after S-Cross and Baleno. It would be available in both petrol and diesel fuel trims with engines borrowed from the Swift hatchback. The petrol variants would be powered by the 1.2L K-Series engine, while the diesel variants would get their power from the 1.3L DDiS engine. A few reports claim that, besides the traditional 5-speed manual gearbox, Maruti Ignis would get CVT gearbox as option. On the contrary, fresh reports have claimed that Maruti would introduce AGS technology (AMT gearbox) with both the petrol and diesel variants of Ignis, instead of CVT gearbox. Maruti is expected to price the Ignis in a range of Rs. 4.5-7 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom) as it competes against the Mahindra KUV100.