Maruti Suzuki Ignis has entered the elite club of one lakh sales in the domestic market after being present in India for more than two years
The Ignis nameplate has been around in global markets since the turn of the millennium. It became more stylish and funky in its second generation that first saw the light in 2016 in Japan. Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) decided to have a go at it and introduced the urban hatchback in January 2017 in the domestic market.
It fits the Nexa ethos perfectly by being a premium small hatchback and it currently sits as the most affordable model there. Although not setting the sales charts on fire like other Maruti Suzuki entry-level models, the Ignis has always maintained its consistency throughout and been rewarded with a new milestone.
The iM-4 concept based Ignis has finally entered the one lakh sales club in India. In late February 2019, Maruti Suzuki introduced the slightly updated Ignis with base price of Rs. 4.79 lakh for the Sigma variant and it goes all the way up to Rs. 7.14 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) for the range-topping model with price increase between Rs. 9,000 and Rs. 13,000 compared to the previous model.
With improved safety features, the 2019 Maruti Suzuki Ignis gets dual front airbags, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder, speed warning system, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and reverse parking sensors as standard. The mid-spec Zeta variant comes with new Smart Studio infotainment system.
Another key addition is the set of roof rails as Maruti Suzuki did not introduce any significant exterior upgrade to the 2019 Ignis. The top-of-the-line Alpha trim is sold with projector headlights and LED DRLs. The Ignis range used to have a diesel engine but owing to poor demand it was discontinued.
The hatchback is currently retailed with a single engine choice as the long-serving 1.2-litre K series petrol engine develops a maximum power output of 82 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of peak torque delivered at 4,200 rpm. It is mated to a five-speed manual or a five-speed AMT gearbox driving the front wheels with 20.89 kmpl fuel economy.