The much awaited Maruti Suzuki Ignis goes on sale in the country. Available in four variants, the newcomer will be sold exclusively through the firm's Nexa premium outlets.
Maruti Suzuki has finally put the Ignis on sale in the country. Priced between Rs 4.59 lakh and Rs 7.80 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), the Ignis is offered with both petrol and diesel engine options, paired with a manual or automatic transmission (AMT). The Ignis will be sold through the firm’s premium Nexa outlets across the country, alongside the Baleno and S-Cross. The Ignis will be offered in four variants – Sigma, Delta, Zeta and range-topping Alpha.
With the Ignis, Maruti is primarily targeting young buyers. Which is why it’s been designed to look funky. The Ignis sports a tall boy appearance with some quirky design elements such as big oval headlamps with LED DRLs, sharply raked C-pillars, 15-inch alloy wheels housed in flared wheel arches and a stubby rear-section. The top-end Zeta and Alpha trims also come with dual-tone body colours. Overall, it’s quite a unique and interesting looking car, although buyers will have mixed opinions on its design for sure.
Inside, the funky theme continues. For once, here's a Maruti product that doesn’t share the dashboard with its siblings - the Ignis features a completely new interior design and layout. Barring the entry-level variant (Sigma), all the other trims come with a dual-tone dashboard. The centerpiece on the inside is a large touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity options. Below that are HVAC toggle switches, which is a nice touch. Boot space is also decent at 260 litres.
Powertrain options on the Ignis are the same as the bigger brother Baleno. This means the Ignis can be had with either a 1.2-litre petrol or a 1.3-litre diesel engine. The petrol motor develops 82bhp of max power at 6,000rpm and 113Nm of torque at 4,200rpm. The diesel mill produces 74bhp@4,000rpm and 190Nm@2,000rpm. Both engines are available with a 5-speed manual or an automated manual transmission (AMT, or AGS in company-speak). That said, the entry-level Sigma is only available as petrol manual while the top-of-the-range Alpha cannot be equipped with AMT. Fuel economy figures (claimed) stand at 20.89km/l (Petrol) and 26.80km/l (Diesel).
As has been the case with recent Maruti products, the Ignis is also loaded to the gills with features. In addition to the aforementioned touchscreen system, the top-end variant of the car gets push engine start/stop button, projector headlamps, automatic climate control, rear parking camera and sensor, electrically folding ORVMs, Bluetooth connectivity, tilt-adjustable steering, keyless entry, etc.
Safety net includes ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, seat-belt pre-tensioners with force limiters and ISOFIX child seat anchorages as standard across all variants – a commendable move by the manufacturer.
Competition of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will mainly include the likes of the Hyundai Grand i10, Tata Tiago, Ford Figo and Mahindra KUV100.
Sigma - Rs 4.59 lakh
Delta MT - Rs 5.19 lakh
Delta AGS - Rs 5.74 lakh
Zeta MT - Rs 5.75 lakh
Zeta AGS - Rs 6.30 lakh
Alpha MT - Rs 6.69 lakh
Delta MT - Rs 6.39 lakh
Delta AGS - Rs 6.94 lakh
Zeta MT - Rs 6.91 lakh
Zeta AGS - Rs 7.46 lakh
Alpha MT - Rs 7.80 lakh
*All prices are indicative of ex-showroom, New Delhi