Earlier this month, Maruti Suzuki showcased its sub-compact crossover, the Ignis concept, at the Auto Expo 2016. The car has already gone on sale in Japan and is expected to be launched in India later this year around the festive season. It has been less than a month since its debut in India and the carmaker has already started extensive road tests for the Ignis. Recently, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis was again spotted during one of these test runs which only indicates that Maruti plans to leave no stone unturned in launching the crossover in India as soon as possible.
Now, the 2 Maruti Suzuki Ignis spotted this time are believed to be both the petrol and the diesel versions of the car. While the Japanese-spec model comes with a single 1.3-litre Durajet petrol engine equipped with the company’s SHVS mild hybrid technology, in India we’ll probably get the trusted 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual gearbox and possibly the CVT unit that comes with the Baleno.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Front Profile
The car which is sold in Japan as Suzuki Ignis is the ideal crossover-SUV one can ask for. Apart from it SUV-inspired design language and style cues, the Ignis also comes equipped with an array of features that could possibly makes you forget that you are driving a sub-4 metre vehicle. The car’s extensive feature offerings in Japan include hill decent control, lane management system, 4-wheel drive (4WD) system and Suzuki’s adaptive Dual Camera Breaking system (DCBS) along with 3 cameras in front, rear and side for parking assist. In addition, the Ignis also comes with ABS with EBD and driver and passenger airbags, which are likely to come as standard features in the new Maruti Suzuki Ignis.
In terms of looks, the Ignis is based on the Suzuki iM4 Concept and comes with a boxy design employed with smart exterior features, bold character lines, and SUV-like styling. The front fascia of the car is the most unique and attractive part of the Ignis’ exterior design. It comes with a smartly designed grille which houses the stylish headlamps with projector units and DRLs giving the impression of a single unit.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Rear Profile
Dimensionally, the Ignis measures 3,700mm in length, 1,660mm in width, and 1,595mm in height. The wheelbase spans 2,435mm, while the ground clearance is measured at 180mm. Despite the car being limited dimensionally, it looks very spacious from inside, especially because of its tall-boy nature. In fact, the rear seats can be adjusted to offer the best seating position along with 3 levels of booth capacity. The Ignis offers a decent boot space of 133 litres with the rear seats pushed all the way back. You can even expand the capacity to 258 litres and, with the rear seat flat down, you get a massive storage capacity of 415 litres.