The Maruti Ignis compact crossover has been launched in India within the price range of Rs 4.59 lakh – Rs 7.80 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Ignis isn’t only the youngest member of the Maruti Suzuki Nexa family, but the most affordable one as well. The mini crossover takes on the Mahindra KUV100. Here's everything you want to know about this car -
Design inspiration - The design inspiration for the Ignis comes from Suzuki's iM-4 concept that broke cover in 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show. The crossover has created a lot of buzz ever since unveiling, thanks to its unique SUV-ish styling.
Based on Suzuki's new-gen platform - The new Ignis is based on Suzuki's new generation platform, which also underpins the Baleno premium hatchback. This platform is claimed to be lighter and more robust than other structures, contributing to its fuel efficiency and performance.
Next Nexa product – The Ignis is the third Maruti product retailed through NEXA premium dealerships. The S-Cross and the Baleno are the other two products that are being sold via NEXA premium outlets.
Engines - The Ignis comes with a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre MJD diesel engines, which also power the Swift twins and the Baleno. While the petrol engine delivers 81.8bhp and 113Nm of torque, the diesel motor makes 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. Transmission options on offer include a five-speed manual and AMT.
Dimensions - The mini SUV measures 3,700mm long, 1,690mm wide and 1,595mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,435mm. The car has a ground clearance of 180mm, which is more than sufficient to tackle Indian roads. The SUV offers a boot space of 260-litres, which can be extended up to 415-litre.
Key features - The top-end variant of the Ignis comes loaded with several premium features. The feature list includes electrically adjustable and retractable ORVMs, SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Navigation, and Bluetooth-enabled audio system, automatic climate control, keyless entry with engine starter button, multi-functional steering wheel, etc.
Local manufacturing - After Japan, India is the second country to locally produce the Ignis crossover. Initially, the crossover is being manufactured at the company's Manesar plant. The vehicle will also be produced at MSI's new Sanand plant in Gujarat, which will be operational from early 2017.