15 Things You Should Know About Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ignis SUV

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The Word “Ignis” Is Latin For “Fire”

Maruti Suzuki is fast changing its design and brand perception in recent times. The company launched Vitara Brezza compact SUV in the Indian market earlier this year following the Baleno and it is now preparing to introduce the new-generation Swift twins with all-new upmarket sporty styling. Meanwhile, an all-new micro-SUV called Ignis looking to carve a niche segment on its own will be launched on January 13.

Previewed a few days ago, the brand new Ignis is derived from the i-M4 concept. The small SUV was showcased at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show before being launched in Japanese market ahead of its Indian debut at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year. It was scheduled to launch during this Diwali season in the country. But as demand for Baleno premium hatchback and Vitara Brezza compact SUV have been very high, the company delayed Ignis’ launch further.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis not only comes with a compact, stylish and practical design but also sports several attractive features. It will come available in both petrol and diesel engine options while getting AMT in both powertrains to enhance its appeal further. Expect the car to offer pretty good mileage as well which is certainly one major deciding factor for customers and Maruti’s USP. Ahead of its launch, here we take a look at fifteen major facts of the India-spec Maruti Suzuki Ignis:

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The word Ignis means fire in Latin and Suzuki has named the micro-SUV in such way to project it as a young and energetic vehicle. With its compact and smaller size, Maruti Suzuki Ignis is certainly capable of making its way swiftly in dense city traffic as it’s a micro-SUV.

But these are surely not the things Suzuki has thought of while giving the car its name. Instead it can be said that Ignis has been designed to set fire in the owner’s mind as the Japanese automaker claims. The car has been designed in such way and equipped with features that can ignite attraction in the customer’s mind very easily.

First Gen Suzuki Ignis launched In 2003, was renamed as Swift In 2008

Maruti suzuki ignis india-3Suzuki had been developing the first-generation Ignis since 2000 and finally it started producing the model in 2003 replacing the Cultus. The Suzuki Cultus was named differently in various global markets and one of them is the mighty Swift. After Ignis came into the arena, the European and Australian market running Ignis was replaced by the Swift.

Interestingly, as a result of joint venture project between Suzuki and General Motors, Ignis also created the base for Chevrolet Cruze compact hatchback. So, the micro-SUV, whose launch is just weeks away, is not the first timer. Instead, it is the result of research and development of more than one and half decade around the world. Compared to the first-generation model, the all-new Maruti Suzuki Ignis certainly looks much more stylish and appealing.

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis made its India debut at 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year in February. In its first public appearance, the Ignis grabbed plenty of attention. The attractive eye-catching sporty design, compact size and attractive features inside cabin altogether have made it a very interesting car. Suzuki claims, the Ignis has been inspired by Suzuki Fronte coupe – a Japanese mini sports car.

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The Ignis has been designed to not only take on the daily city traffic challenges but also it can perform little bit of off-roading tasks as well. Popularity of SUVs and crossover are rising rapidly in Indian market and in this scenario Ignis will come as one of the most affordable ultra-compact SUVs packed with global design and features. Therefore, it has pretty good chance to become popular in the country.

Proven 1.2 Petrol And 1.3 Diesel Engine Options

maruti suzuki ignis india launch date specs pics-20Maruti Suzuki Ignis will be available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol engine will be a 1.2-litre VVT K-Series four-cylinder DOHC unit, which is also available under the hood of Maruti Suzuki Swift. This engine is well capable to churn out 83 bhp of peak power at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm.

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The Japanese-spec petrol powered Ignis gets SHVS technology but in India it has been reportedly confirmed to be unavailable at the launch. The Indo-Japanese automaker presently offers SHVS technology in Ertiga and Ciaz. The diesel powered Maruti Suzuki Ignis will come with a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine capable of kicking out 74 hp of peak power and 190 Nm of peak torque. On transmission front, the micro-SUV will receive a five-speed manual as standard and a five-speed AMT in the form of AGS as seen in the Dzire will be optional.

AWD ALLGRIP in International Markets

Maruti suzuki ignis 2016 india exteriorOn international markets, Suzuki Ignis is offered with an all-wheel drive (AWD) system, which the company dubbed as ALLGRIP AWD. In India, the car is expected to come in front-wheel-drive variants only while introducing an AWD at later stage will surely enhance the appeal.

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Suzuki claims that, the Ignis gets an all-new 2WD and 4WD suspension which offers superior experience to the occupants inside. Indian customers are showing more and more interest toward off-roading and if Maruti Suzuki decides to sell Ignis AWD in India, it will have the chance to become very popular among such customers and become the most affordable AWD car in the country.

Ignis Will Be Sold Via NEXA

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Indian Launch 10Maruti Suzuki Ignis will be sold through the Indo-Japanese automaker’s premium car dealership network NEXA. The company launched NEXA dealership last year, and it has already set a benchmark offering premium car purchase experience to the customers. Presently NEXA sells cars like Baleno premium hatchback and S-Cross with the upcoming Baleno Boosterjet RS and Ignis joining soon.

To Be Priced Lower Than Baleno As Most Affordable NEXA Offering

MAruti ignis unveiled-4In Indian market, Maruti Suzuki is known for offering value-for-money cars at very affordable pricing. Among the cars sold through NEXA, Maruti Suzuki Baleno is priced between Rs. 5.25 lakh and Rs. 8.36 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The upcoming Ignis micro-SUV could be priced between Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 7 lakh (ex-showroom) thanks to at least 90% localized production. Because of the lower pricing, it will become the cheapest offering from NEXA and will send major headaches to rivals from different segments.

Impressive Mileage Expected

maruti suzuki ignis india launch date specs pics-12Maruti Suzuki Ignis will come with impressive fuel efficiency figures in both manual and automatic versions. The petrol powered model will deliver around 22 kmpl of fuel economy while the diesel model should be capable of returning close to 29 kmpl. The fuel economy plays an important role in car buying and with such impressive figures combined with affordable pricing, Ignis should hit all the right chords.

Apple CarPlay And Android Auto Connectivity

maruti suzuki ignis india launch date specs pics-3Maruti Suzuki Ignis gets an interesting pack of features and attractive interior as well, straight from the realms of Baleno. The micro-SUV sports a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, a compact instrument cluster comprising both analog dials and a digital MID. The centre console gets a tab-like touchscreen infotainment system, which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity alongside Mirrorlink support available in top-of-the-range variants.

Brimmed with Features

Besides an integrated touchscreen, it will come equipped with a premium dual-tone floating-layered dashboard layout with different colour combos, Maruti-first toggle switches for AC controls and contrast highlights on several elements. Other important stuff include an audio system with AUX-in, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The lower variants will get access to 2-DIN music system.

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Safer Car From The Outset

For better safety quotient and comply by the upcoming government safety standards, the Ignis will be equipped with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and dual-airbags as standard across the entire range. The car will also get seatbelt pretensioners and ISOFIX mounts as occupants safety is emphasised.

Range Of Customisation

Maruti will offer a whole host of customisation options which includes roof wraps, fog lamp bezels and front grille colour strips. Customers would also be able to personalise interior elements like colour coordinated door handles, gear lever housing and several other bits.

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First Maruti To Feature LED Lighting

The higher models of Maruti Suzuki Ignis will be adorned with features like LED projector headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights and 15-inch black alloy wheels.

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First Maruti Available With E-Booking

Bookings for the micro-SUV will commence from the first week of January and interested customers can pre-order the car through online route. It is a first-of-a-kind feature that could be expanded to other models and is essential in this digital world with targetting customers being young audience for Ignis.

Could Set Benchmark In The Micro SUV Segment

maruti suzuki ignis india launch date specs pics-14Compact SUVs and crossovers are becoming popular rapidly all around the world and in India too we have experienced that trend in recent times. Along came micro-SUVs that appear to be a blend between compact hatchback and SUV.

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Currently in the Indian market, Mahindra KUV100 is one such micro-SUV which will soon get increased competition from the Ignis. Dimensionally, the Ignis measures 3,700 mm in length marking it well within the sub-4 meter slab. The car comes with 1,660 mm width, 1,595mm height and 2,438 mm wheelbase to offer good interior space.