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Maruti Suzuki Ignis Hatchback First Drive


Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

Maruti Suzuki had one of the hottest exhibits at the 2016 Auto Expo, where they showcased the Ignis. The off-beat styling with a crossover-esque design grabbed a lot of eye balls. After waiting for a year, the Ignis has been finally launched with a range of engine and transmission options along with highly customisable trims. The Indo-Japanese carmaker is targeting the millennial youth audience with the Ignis and retailing it via their premium NEXA dealerships across the country.

The Maruti Ignis is a first of its kind hatchback with crossover styling based on a new global platform of Suzuki. Although Maruti themselves have a few hatchbacks cannibalising the Ignis, the carmaker is targeting a different audience with their latest product.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Exteriors

The design is polarising and won’t go down well with everyone, but this is a good thing. The car was built for the youth and for those young at heart and doesn’t stick to the ‘play-safe, please-all’ design typical of most Marutis. The Ignis is styled like a mini crossover with a strong retro flair reminiscent of the ’70s and ’80s Suzuki Cervo hatchbacks. That’s where the overall stance and various design elements come from, including Suzuki’s ‘Progressive Triad’ – the three bars embossed onto the C-pillar – which is quite similar to the Adidas logo!

Another Cervo detail is the front grille that stretches right across the width of the car and the rectangular slotted panel which has the headlights inset. The projector lights are bracketed below by neat homogeneous LED DRL strips. Below the grille is a massive bumper that has three square-shaped sections for the fog light units and the number plate. Dominating the side are the massively chunky C-pillars, formed by the metal work cutting into the rear door glass which gives the window line a sharp upward kink. The C-pillar wouldn’t look out of place on a military vehicle and it has, quite expectedly, evoked the strongest response. There are also prominently flared wheel arches and a cladding running down the sides. The alloy wheels have a squarish spoke design that’s quite unique and adds a sporty touch too.

The rear consists of a very tall, vertically rising hatch, a windscreen that slopes sharply inwards and is dominated by a massive bumper cladding. The tail-lights are squarish units. This is probably the Ignis’ only bad angle as when viewed from the rear, the car looks a bit oddly proportioned. Overall, however, the styling is funky and cool.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Interiors

The interiors of the Ignis look a class apart. Maruti has been raising the bar constantly with its new products and now it is even offering a seven-inch screen on the Ignis. There is a new-age Suzuki steering wheel too and new instrument cluster as well. There is climate control and dual airbags. The Ignis has good enough space for front and even rear passengers. This makes it a great option to consider. We sat in the front and even the rear and there was sufficient room and it can easily seat five people.

The Ignis will be a competition to the Mahindra KUV100 and it will be coming with a petrol and even a diesel engine option. The Ignis will be sold through Nexa and it will have an automatic transmission. The Maruti Ignis will be launched during this Diwali festive season.

The boot size of the Maruti Ignis is 258 litres and when the rear seats are folded, it is increased to 415 litres. The boot size is large enough for a vehicle of this size. The Ignis even offers several storage spaces like cup holders, bottle holders, large size glove box etc. In terms of features, the Maruti Ignis offers features like keyless entry, push start and stop, integrated music system with touchscreen for reverse parking camera with guiders, satellite navigation, bluetooth connectivity, USB and even aux connectivity.

The steering wheel has multiple controls for changing music, cruise control and even reaching and disconnecting telephone calls. With regards to safety, the Maruti Ignis will get dual airbags and ABS as a standard feature and this will make the first vehicle to offer this. The other features will be majorly for export will be hill assist, electronic stability program, lane changing warning, automatic headlamps with auto-levelling.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Gearbox

Maruti Suzuki hasn’t officially revealed the specifications of the new Ignis, however it is likely to come with a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.2-litre diesel engine options. The 1.2-litre petrol is the K-Series engine and this will come with a five-speed manual transmission and produce about 83bhp of power and 115Nm of peak torque. The other engine is an all new three cylinder diesel engine that will churn about 75bhp and about 180Nm of torque. This engine has been developed by Suzuki and the two cylinder version of this engine is used on the Celerio and four pot will be coming on other Maruti Suzuki products.

This will also come with a five-speed manual transmission. There will even an automatic transmission on offer. The Ignis will be sold through the Nexa Experience dealerships and hence it won’t come with an AMT. The Ignis will be coming with an automatic transmission on the petrol engine and maybe even the diesel engine. The Ignis for the Indian car market will be offered with front wheel drive. For exports, however it will even come with an all-wheel drive as well. For India, at the moment there is no requirement for it.

The Maruti Suzuki Ignis 2019 mileage clocks at 20.89 kmpl according to the ARAI mileage certification in the city boulevards as well as on the highways in actual driving conditions. To know more details on Maruti Suzuki Ignis visit Thebigtrak.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Driving

The ride is another highlight of the Ignis. It moves like a car that’s a lot heavier with a nice sure-footedness and does not get tossed around a lot on bumps and potholes. We switch to the diesel and it does feel a bit stiffer, but this is only in comparison. On the whole, all the Ignis models offer a well- composed ride. The diesel manual has a slightly heavier clutch but also a heavier steering – a welcome addition as it brings in a bit of feel. The engine is nice and drivable and does not suffer from very noticeable turbo lag. Power comes in above 2,000rpm until about 4,000rpm, after which the delivery begins to taper. The sound levels, however, do increase and this engine isn’t as refined as a few others at this price point.

Switch to a diesel AMT and the drivability sees a dip. The shift speeds aren’t a problem during light throttle inputs when you are pottering around town in slow-moving traffic. It’s when you want to get a quick move on, like in start-stop traffic or overtaking on highways that the pause between shifts becomes apparent. You will have to work around this using the manual selector, and what’s nice is that in manual mode the car lets you rev until the redline. Things improve on the petrol AMT with the shifts becoming less perceptible. However, in comparison to the diesel AMT, the manual ‘box is the far more enjoyable drive experience. Unless, our crazy city traffic kills it for you, in which case you’ll have to settle for the AMT and reach for that tip lever from time to time.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Safety

Maruti Suzuki has taken a step forward in terms of safety. The carmaker is offering ABS, EBD and dual front airbags as standard across all the trims of the Ignis. The Ignis is being retailed through the premium network of NEXA dealership which is rapidly growing across the country. The after sales service of Maruti is known to be the best in the business with low cost of maintenance and the same is expected with the new Maruti Ignis.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Cost in Chennai

Maruti Suzuki Ignis On Road Price is 5,55,781/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,78,621/- in Chennai. Maruti Suzuki Ignis comes in 5 colours, namely Uptown Red,Pearl Arctic White,Silky Silver,Urban Blue,Tinsel Blue. Maruti Suzuki Ignis comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 113 Nm@4200 rpm DRIVE T inRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Ignis comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .. Check for Maruti Ignis price in Chennai at Tryalrive.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Final Word

This isn’t your typical Maruti. It isn’t value for money in the true Maruti sense, its styling steers away from the safe path, and it will polarise people into ‘love-it’ or ‘hate-it’ camps. If you find yourself in the ‘love-it’ group there is very little to turn you away from the Ignis. The AMT gearbox isn’t all good and at this price point, it would be fair to expect a smoother shifting unit. Also, the steering is quite lifeless, particularly the petrol, but that apart, the car has a lot going for it. It’s cool and funky, it’s loaded with equipment not seen in this segment like LED projector lamps, a touchscreen system and auto climate control. There’s also a lot of space inside.

Both engines are rewarding to drive, especially the peppy petrol and did we mention it’s really funky? So, in a positive manner of speaking, this is not your typical Maruti. And then again, it is one! Many components are shared with its stablemates, so maintenance costs will be minimal, and it’s backed by the carmaker’s wide service network. The Ignis then is a Maruti that isn’t. Who knew with Maruti you can have your cake and eat it too!

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