The Maruti Suzuki Ignis, which was first unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, made its first public appearance at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi. It later made a debut in Europe at the Paris Motor Show 2016. The Ignis was supposed to launch in India during the festive season this year, but due to the production constraints of Vitara Brezza and Baleno, it was postponed to some later date. Now, after the initial delay, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis is all set to hit the showrooms in the early part of 2017, between January and March.
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis, a subcompact crossover car, is laid on a wheelbase of 2,438-mm and has a ground clearance of 180-mm. The physical stature of the crossover stands at 1,595-mm in height, 3,700-mm in length and 1,660-mm in width. The Ignis sports a smart design grille, projector headlights, daytime running LED light. The rear profile comprises of a plastic-clad bumpers, meticulously sculpted hatch door and a larger windshield.
The interiors of the crossover contains dual-tone dashboard, automatic climate control, a SmartPlay infotainment system and heated front seats. The Maruti Suzuki Ignis packs in a good number of safety features like dual front, side and curtain airbags, lane departure warning, Anti-lock Braking System, etc.
Under the bonnet, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will bear an identical engine options as the Baleno. The 1.3-litres DDiS diesel engine will produce 73.9bhp of power and the 1.2-litres K-Series petrol engine will churn out a maximum power of 84bhp. For both the engine types, the car will come with two options in the form of a 5-speed manual transmission and an Automated Manual Transmission gearbox.
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is yet to be launched in the European market after its debut, even though the model has already gone on sale in Japan. Interestingly, the Indian variant of this crossover will be a tad different than its international sibling, in terms of styling as well as the engine.