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Maruti Suzuki Ignis facelift In The Works

Maruti Suzuki Ignis facelift In The Works

Snapshot: The Maruti Ignis facelift will receive changes in line with 2019 Maruti Baleno.

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India’s leading car giant, Maruti Suzuki India is reportedly developing a facelift version of its Mahindra KUV100 rival, Maruti Ignis. The micro-SUV was first launched in January 2017 and is ostensibly up for a mid-cycle update. Media reports suggest Ignis will be upgraded in tandem with the 2019 Maruti Baleno indicating the micro-SUV could receive subtle cosmetic tweaks along with an additional safety kit.

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The reports further suggest that Maruti Suzuki India has stopped production of Ignis, though the company hasn’t released an official statement on the same. Bookings for the existing model are still being taken at Nexa outlets, albeit there has been a sharp dip in the dealer dispatch which supports the above speculation.

As for the facelifted Maruti Ignis, it is likely to receive similar changes as 2019 Baleno. That said, the micro-SUV could get mildly tweaked bumper, restyled front grille and a new set of alloy wheels. The LED equipped projector headlamps are expected to be offered with the mid-level Zeta and Delta grades. Currently, it is restricted to the fully-loaded, top-spec Alpha variant. Changes to the cabin will include newly upholstered seats and slight other styling tweaks. The SmartPlay infotainment system will reportedly be dropped for an all-new SmartPlay Studio system.

Under the hood, it is expected to remain unchanged with the same engine set-up powering the facelifted Ignis as the existing model. That said, the 2019 Maruti Ignis will continue to derive power form the 1.2-litre K12M petrol engine with maximum power of 83 bhp along with top torque of 113 Nm. Transmission duties will be carried out by the conventional 5-speed manual gearbox along with an optional 5-speed AMT unit. Maruti had also launched a diesel version of the micro-SUV which was later discontinued owing to low sales. With the new updates, the model will hopefully witness an upward trend in its sales.

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