Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

It takes some doing to be at the top of the heap in the fifth largest automobile market of the world with a claim over nearly half the passenger car market. Maruti Suzuki’s continued domination is partly due to the depth and variety of choice that is available in its portfolio. And much of that choice continues to be centred around small cars, the largest segment of passenger car market.Like a consumer products company, Maruti Suzuki already has a range of small cars whose prices are set so close to each other that it confuses some buyers. But a wide choice never fails to draw more buyers into the fold. That is one more Maruti small car with both petrol and diesel engine options. Request a test drive for Ignis in Tryaldrive

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis Design & Style

The designers has not messed much with the production variant of the Ignis and thus the car looks identical to the concept IM-4 which was showcased at the Geneva Motor show.Compared to the concept the production variant Ignis has a striking front profile with a large grille with some chrome elements on it. The encapsulated headlamps actually will remind you of the old retro Japanese cars. Suzuki says that the headlamp design has been inherited from the first-generation Cervo, which was their fist mini sports car. The lower front profile of the Ignis however looks quite modern because of the sportier yet bold appearing front bumper; this sporty bumper also gets integrated round shaped fog lamps which definitely blend well with the capsule like silhouette of the Crossover. The front bonnet gets clamshell shaped bonnet and fender garnish which actually are some of now elements considered by Suzuki for their SUV designs. This kind of design was first implemented on the first generation Vitara SUV.

The side profile gets big wheels which are pushed to the extreme corners to gain maximum interior space inside. The Blacked out B-Pillar and the thick C- Pillar once again reminds you of the old Japanese cars. The C-Pillar styling has been inherited from Fronte Coupe which was actually Suzuki’s first mini sports car sold in Japan.The rear profile too carries over the retro design elements and gives this car a very unique styling which will makes the Ignis one unique looking Crossover with old yet modern styling never seen before in a Suzuki car recently.If we ask me then the Ignis is Crossover is one unique lo

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Cabin & Comfort

In terms of design and freshness, the Zeta is at par with the Alpha. The same slab like dash, jutting out aircon unit, a mix of shapes all over from circles to rectangles to octagons and cylinders, and the same bland but functional instrumentation. But, not having touch screen, climate control and crucially all-LED headlamps does take some spunk away from the Ignis Zeta.What continues to be good though is the knee and headroom on offer, comfy seats, practical storage options and decent visibility. But, because this is a diesel, in-cabin insulation is nowhere as good as the petrol powered Ignis. Also something that all Ignis models lack is the consistency in plastic quality. The dash top looks expensive even though it is hard plastic. The same can’t be said about the lighter, lower half of the dash. Ditto for the door handles all round and in fact the seat fabric looks cheap too.

In terms of equipment, all Ignis variants get dual airbags and ABS, which is great. Additionally, these models also meet future frontal offset and side impact crash test norms. But, some crucial comfort and convenience equipment is missing on the Zeta. So, apart from not having touchscreen and a digital climate control system, the Zeta trim also misses out on height adjustable driver’s seat, coloured coordinated insides and a reversing camera.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Engine & Gearbox

The Ignis is offered with the same petrol and diesel engines that are currently on offer in the Suzuki Swift and some of the other models. So, the Ignis gets the same 1.2-litre K12 petrol engine and the same 1.3-litre DDiS 190 diesel engine. There are some minor variations to the state of tune. The petrol engine generates 61kW of peak power and 113Nm of peak torque. The engine feels much peppier in the Ignis than in other cars thanks largely to the lower kerb weight of this new model. Linear acceleration is excellent and the amount of low-end torque available should enable fairly comfortable slow speed driving in the city too.

The tried and tested DDiS 190 diesel engine offers 55.2kW of peak power and 190Nm of peak torque from a low 2,000rpm. Again there is a lot of low-end torque to work with right past 1,500rpm. The diesel is a tad bit noisier in the cabin, but in both powertrain versions, the NVH levels are really low. But, the diesel somehow feels more restrained than the petrol in the Ignis. Both the engines are offered with both a manual and an automated gear shift (AGS) transmission option. Gear shifts are smooth and clean in the manual and though there is mild shift shock based on demand in the AGS it is not too distracting. This the first instance of Maruti using AGS in the K12 engine.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Ride & Handling

It’s when you start driving aggressively that things begin to go down hill. In kickdown (when one floors the throttle) the Maruti Ignis diesel AMT drops gears is decent time, but it seems to dump the clutch after the change instead of letting it out progressively for smoother transition; needless to say, the shift shock is quite distinct. The shifts, especially going down the gearbox, aren’t as predictable on throttle inputs either.The petrol AMT on the other hand is a dream. The throttle response is more alert; the shifts are a lot smoother; and it makes driving in city traffic a far less tedious affair than the diesel, especially when you are in a hurry.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Safety & Security

The Indian spec Maruti Ignis has been equipped with plenty of safety features the Ignis gets ABS and EBD, dual front airbags, pedestrian protection, Seat Belt Pre-tensioners with Force Limiters, Full Frontal, Frontal Offset, Side Impact Safe and ISOFIX child seat anchorage as standard. While additional optional safety features includes security alarm system, rear parking sensor, rear defogger and childproof rear doors and many more.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Cost in Bangalore

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 4,54,069/- (Ignis 1.2 Sigma MT) to 7,52,220/- (Ignis 1.3 Alpha MT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ignis from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Ignis price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Conclusion

Starting off slowly with the Baleno, Maruti Suzuki has gone on to usurp and literally own the whole customisation/ personalisation trend in the affordable cars category. The Vitara Brezza that came last year and the new Ignis now are also perfectly suited to benefit from this trend. The contrast roof, the blacked out pillars, the sporty decals, the coloured alloys and the myriad variations for the cabin trim have altered the landscape of the premium small car and the Ignis looks set to extend the gains for Maruti. Inherently, Indian buyers seek individuality even more than buyers in other markets and so, the Ignis could ignite the trend all over again.

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