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Maruti Suzuki Ignis Likely to get Mild Hybrid System

Snapshot: Maruti Suzuki could launch the Ignis compact crossover in an hybrid avatar as well.

As we informed you earlier that Maruti Suzuki Ignis will most likely make its launch in the early 2017. Though, it was expected to make its launch in the festive season in India, but in order to overcome production constraints of the models like premium hatchback Baleno and compact SUV Vitara Brezza, the company is forced to delay the launch of the models to 2017. and with this delay, the company might come up with an hybid version of the model.

The compact crossover was first showcased in the country at the 2016 Auto Expo and since then the model has been spied several times even in its hybrid avatar as well. Earlier, the reports emerged online that the model will come packed with a a 1.2-litre VTVT petrol engine and a 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel unit under the hood, but according to MotorOctane, the crossover could be introduced with a SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology in the country.

Once Maruti Suzuki Ignis is launched in the mild Hybrid tech, it would be benefitted from government’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of hybrid and Electric vehicles) scheme. Under this scheme, the government is offering incentives on hybrid and electric vehicles up to Rs 29,000.

As of now, Maruti has not revealed anything, whether the model will be introduced in the hybrid avatar or not. But, recent reports suggest that the company is working over a low-cost hybrid technology that will be employed in its future vehicles. The company may also consider introducing a 1.0-litre BoosterJet turbo-petrol engine with Ignis in AMT variant as well.

In terms of feature, the Ignis is expected to come equipped with Harman Kardon audio system, digital instrument cluster and for the safety, the car will come packed with airbags, hill descent control and ABS with EBD. Once launched in the country, the car will be sold through the company’s premium dealership channel, Nexa. To be pitted against the Mahindra KUV100, it expected to launch with a starting price of Rs 5.5 lakh (Ex showroom).

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