The launch of Suzuki Ignis is perhaps the most awaited event in Indian car industry at the moment. The Ignis will replace the Ritz in Maruti’s product portfolio. However, the Ignis won’t be another tallboy hatchback from MSIL, no, far from it! Instead, it will be Maruti’s first ever ‘Mini SUV’ for India. True, a look at this car is enough to confirm its SUV aspirations. High ground clearance, aggressive stance, beefy looks- there’s enough to excite. Here, in this post, we review the design of the upcoming Maruti Ignis.
Suzuki has revealed the various design inspirations of the new Ignis. This car takes inspiration from several old Suzuki models, some of them dating back to 1971.The new Ignis has bagged the Good Design Award 2016 by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion. The Ignis follows the idea of ‘Functional and stylish mini crossover’.
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Maruti Ignis Design Review
The new Ignis made its debut in the concept from at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The car’s design boasts uniqueness whilst carrying the Suzuki DNA. It is designed as per the “Shape the Inspiration” theme. In essence, the Ignis is a small hatcback-sized vehicle that is hugely practical but can yet be viewed as a lifestyle product. Internationally, the new Ignis will be a mini 4×4 SUV that will have ‘go anywhere’ traits without being a big, fuel guzzling SUV.
The exterior design is definitely clean and boasts plain surfaces and a round-ish roof. However, the Ignis doesn’t look bland by any stretch of imagination. Its large wheels are pushed to the very corners, which give it a sporty stance. We also like some unique design features such as the ‘sunglass clad’ front fascia, helmet like roof and the vents on the C Pillar.
The Maruti Ignis will have a ground clearance of roughly 200 mm. It will also have a SUV-like high hip point. The car will be easy to drive in most driving conditions. On the inside, it will have a clean, user friendly cabin. Even with compact dimensions, the Ignis will offer an airy cabin with decent luggage space.
Here’s a look at all the design cues taken from earlier Suzuki cars.
As can be seen in the image below, the slits in the upcoming SUV’s C-Pillars take inspiration from the Suzuki Fronte Coupe. The Fronte Coupe was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. The Fronte is Japan’s first mini sports car. It was launched in September 1971.
The headlights of the Ignis are housed in the front grille. This design feature debuted on the Suzuki Cervo. The first generation Cervo is a mini sports car that was launched in Japan in October 1977. The Cervo was the successor of the Fronte Coupe. It too was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.
Blacked-out pillars are a common feature on today’s cars. However, it was quick to become quite a rage back when the last generation Swift debuted with this styling feature. The last generation Swift came to us in 2005.
Another inspiration from an older Suzuki comes from the 1st generation Vitara. The Vitara went on sale in Japan in 1988. The clamshell hood on the Ignis takes inspiration from the Vitara’s bonnet. Even the latest Vitara features this design element.
Maruti Ignis India Launch
|Maruti Ignis India Launch Date||November 2016|
The Maruti Ignis is likely to launch in India by the end of next month. The Ignis made its debut at the Auto Expo 2016. It is already undergoing road tests. It is likely to go on sale in three trims- Sigma, Alpha, Delta, Zeta.
Also See- Maruti at Auto Expo 2016
Maruti Ignis Price in India
|Maruti Ignis Sigma Petrol||Rs 5.00 lakh|
|Maruti Ignis Delta Petrol||Rs 5.60 lakh|
|Maruti Ignis Zeta Petrol||Rs 6.20 lakh|
|Maruti Ignis Alpha Petrol||Rs 6.90 lakh|
|Maruti Ignis Zeta Petrol Automatic CVT||Rs 7.10 lakh|
|Maruti Ignis Sigma Diesel Manual||Rs 6.00 lakh|
|Maruti Ignis Delta Diesel Manual||Rs 6.55 lakh|
|Maruti Ignis Zeta Diesel Manual||Rs 7.25 lakh|
|Maruti Ignis Alpha Diesel Manual||Rs 7.95 lakh|
*estimated Maruti Ignis Price in India
The Maruti Ignis could go on sale for just Rs 5.00 Lakh (ex-showroom). This will make the cost of Ignis lower than that of the Ford EcoSport and even the Vitara Brezza. The Ignis will be sold thru Maruti’s Nexa premium dealerships. Currently, Nexa sells Baleno and S-Cross.
Maruti Ignis India – Specifications
|Engine||1.3 litre Turbo Diesel + SHVS/1.2 litre Petrol|
|Max. Power||75 PS @ 4000 rpm/84.3 PS @ 6000rpm|
|Peak Torque||190 Nm @ 2000 rpm/115 Nm @ 4000 rpm|
|Transmission||5 Speed Manual/AMT|
|Overall Length||3,700 mm|
|Overall Width||1,709 mm|
|Overall Height||1,595 mm|
|Drive Layout||Front Wheel Drive|
|Platform||New generation platform|
The Maruti Ignis will share its engines with the Swift. However, the engines will come in a different state of tune. The Petrol engine will displace 1.2 L. The Diesel model will have a 1.3 L engine with SHVS Idle Start Stop system. The Maruti Ignis will become the cheapest Maruti product to feature SHVS.
Maruti Ignis Mileage
Maruti Ignis Mileage* (in KMPL)
The Ignis will have a claimed fuel mileage of 21 KMPL for Petrol model. The Diesel model could have as much as 27 KMPL. The Diesel Ignis will become the only car in its price range to feature Maruti’s SHVS Idle Start Stop System. Also, it will be for the first time ever that Maruti’s FGT-equipped 1.3 DDiS engine will get the SHVS.
Maruti Ignis Images
Maruti Ignis Dimensions
|Ground Clearance||180 mm|
|Kerb Weight||920 kgs|
|Boot Space||258 litres (415 litres with Seats Folded)|
|Seating Capacity||5 passengers|
Stay tuned to Car Blog India for a full Maruti Ignis review with test drive report. Also watch this space for news, launch date and price list of Maruti Ignis.