Maruti Ignis – Design Review


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. maruti ignis side profile

Also See –  2017 Swift | 2017 Dzire | 2017 S Cross | 2018 Gypsy

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’.

Also See- Upcoming Maruti Cars

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.maruti ignis official images (1)

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.maruti ignis design review

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. maruti ignis interior dashboard

Here’s a look at all the design cues taken from earlier Suzuki cars.

Also See- 2016 New Alto | Vitara Brezza | Baleno RS | Next Generation Swift


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.maruti ignis c pillar fronte-coupe

Also See – Ignis vs Swift | New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Current Model Swift | Ignis vs Dzire


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.maruti ignis headlamp

Also See – Ignis vs Vitara Brezza | Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 | Ignis vs Baleno | Maruti Baleno

Blacked-out Pillar

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.maruti ignis black pillar

Clamshell bonnet

maruti ignis hoodAnother 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 design review side profile images

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
Wheelbase 2,438 mm
Tyre Size 215/45R18
Drive Layout Front Wheel Drive
Platform New generation platform
Seating Capacity 5

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)

City Highway ARAI
Petrol 16 20.5 21
Diesel 19 23 27

*estimated figures

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

Length 3,700 mm
Width 1,660 mm
Height 1,595 mm
Wheelbase 2,438 mm
Ground Clearance 180 mm
Kerb Weight 920 kgs
Boot Space 258 litres (415 litres with Seats Folded)
Seating Capacity 5 passengers

maruti ignis rear bootspace-images

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.

Love to read our updates? Get them via Email for FREE. Limited time offer, click here to subscribe.


  1. There is a strong rumour that Maruti Ignis launch will be in the 1st quarter of 2017 only. is it rue?

  2. There’s no official word from the company. However, good chances are that the Ignis will come towards the end of this festive season while the Baleno RS will come in first quarter of 2017. As I said, the company is yet to release the final launch plan.