The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is one among the most awaited cars of the year. The compact crossover which was first seen in at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, appeared in India at the 2016 Auto Expo. While the earlier rumour suggested a delay in production and launch, the company has now hinted that it will hit the stores in India by Diwali this year. This will not only let the company encash on the festive sentiments, but also provide an additional option for the users looking to get a compact car-SUV crossover. As of now, the Mahindra KUV 100 is leading this segment.
The exteriors has been designed to keep up with the current trend of SUV-like cars. Its minimalist body has plain surfaces and curved roof with straight lines that gives it an attractive look. Its four well proportionate tyres protruding out of the four sides firmly support the body hinting at its strong performance and also gives it a muscular stance. The overall design has been well complemented by sunglass clad look and the attractive slits on the C-pillar.
Regarding dimensions, the vehicle has a length of 3,700 mm along with the height of 1,595 mm and the width of 1,660 mm. Its wheelbase measures 2,435mm and has ground clearance of 180 mm.
The interiors of this car are also well made, keeping in sync with most of the features present in micro SUVs of similar price range. It has a tablet like touchscreen infotainment system that has Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Regarding cabin space, this vehicle should easily provide pleasant seating for at least five passengers and also has a large area to store luggage.
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is expected to feature 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine and the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine along with a 5-speed manual gearbox. In Swift, this petrol engine generates 83 bhp and 115 Nm of torque whereas the diesel engine makes 74 bhp and 190 Nm of torque. But these figures can vary in the Ignis as it might get a different state of tune. It should provide a mileage of somewhere between 18 to 23 kmpl, depending upon the size of its engine.
In India, the Ignis is expected to be priced between 6 to 8 lakh rupees and will be sold by Maruti Suzuki's premium NEXA dealerships. This makes India the second market where it will be available, first of which was Japan. Other than the Mahindra KUV 100, it will be competing primarily against the upcoming crossovers like Tata Tiago and Chevrolet Beat Activ.