13th January 2017, IGI Stadium Delhi. The clock was ticking away to quarter past 4 in the evening, when the famous DJ Axwell spun some high energy music which followed on to launch a distinctive looking hatchback- the Maruti Suzuki Ignis. This car replaced the ageing Maruti Suzuki Ritz. This car’s distinct looks has gained recognition. It is sold in the Maruti Suzuki NEXA dealership and so, it comes in the 4 variants of Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha and in 6 regular colour options of Tinsel Blue, Glistening Grey, Urban Blue, Pearl Arctic White, Silky Silver and Uptown Red along with 3 dual tone colour options of Tinsel Blue with Arctic White, Tinsel Blue with Midnight Black and Uptown Red with Midnight Black.
This car is designed to be distinct. Want to know how? Read below-
|Transmission||Automatic,Manual,Manual / AMT,TBA|
|Ex-showroom Price Range||4,54,845 - 7,66,315|
This car’s distinctive stance is due to the modular platform on which this car is made. It is also superbly tall with a length of 3700mm, width of 1690mm and height of 1595mm. It is a small hatchback with a wheelbase of 2435mm, and backseat passengers will be in tight squeeze due to the small legroom. The exterior front looks unique with a distinctly stylish front grille, U-shaped LED DRLs on the projector headlights and cleverly spaced fog lights. Chrome inserts on the front grille gives the best style edge. The sides get a out of the world styling with the 3 bar side sill moulding above the fuel port and the large 175/65R15 wheels with unconventional arches fitted with claddings. Also, the ORVMs get turn indicators. On the rear, the uniqueness still continues, thanks to the uniquely styled taillights and the rear glass antenna with defogger and washer.
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is designed distinctly which looks like never before. The driver side’s seat is height adjustable. The start/stop button is a cool feature here. The driver side steering wheel’s design is completely new with audio and handsfree controls. It is tilt adjustable too to suit your position. The instrument panel looks completely sporty, thanks to the stylish dials, multi information display and cool blue illumination. The instrument panel cover has a carbon fibre pattern which is also seen in the AC louvers. The illumination of the instrument panel and the multi information display’s brightness can be adjusted by a switch on the side panel. The dashboard storage space is spacious for different needs. On the front passenger side, there is a vanity mirror in the sunvisor. The glovebox is splitted into two sections for further convenience. The bottle holders add further convenience for storing the drinks on the go. In Tinsel Blue and Uptown red colours, the door trims get body coloured handle in their pockets. The front seat back get pockets for storing books and magazines. The rear seats split 60:40 and also has a parcel tray for storage needs. For the centre console, the touchscreen infotainment system with USB, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity is a cool feature here.
The Ignis is peppy and quick. The gearshifts are smooth, but the clutch plays the spoilsport as it is not very progressive and smoothing it requires more pedal pushes. Power is superb, right from the low revs and it gets better past 2500rpm. At high revs, engine noise increases but it recovers to a sporty tune soon. Steering is a problem and just like any other Maruti Suzuki car, it doesn’t center itself after a turn. Both the engines perform well. The ride quality is good and can handle bumps and potholes with ease.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis is offered with two engines and two transmission options-
The petrol engine is the 1197cc VVT engine which delivers a power of 81.8bhp at 6000rpm and torque of 113Nm at 4200rpm. This engine has a fuel efficiency of 20.89km/litre.
The award-winning 1248cc DDIS engine powers the diesel Ignis, which churns out a power of 74.02bhp at 4000rpm and torque of 190Nm at 2000rpm. This engine has a fuel efficiency of 26.80km/litre.
The transmission is 5-speed with the option of manual and Automated Manual Transmission or AGS, in the Maruti Suzuki lingo. Manual Transmission is available in all variants while the AGS is only available in Delta and Zeta variants.
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is sold through the NEXA dealership, so it gets the NEXA Safety Shield of Suzuki TECT body, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat anchorages as standard across all variants. Other safety features include immobilizer, security alarm system, rear parking sensor, rear parking camera and speed sensing auto door locking. The stability is provided by McPherson Struts in front and Torsion Beam in rear. Braking job is in the hands of the disc brakes in front and drum brakes in rear.
From Rs. 4.82lakhs to Rs. 8.21lakh, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis is the cheapest offering in the NEXA dealership. The car looks distinctly stylish with new design features and an astonishing front grille. The interiors are also well-designed to give it a sporty look. The engines perform quite well. But, the manual transmission scores better than the AGS in diesel trim. So, if you are buying this car, buy the manual transmission option if you are aiming for the diesel version.
Let us say, that the car is driven for 1000km a month i.e. 12,000km yearly. In this case, the cost of ownership for Maruti Suzuki Ignis can come upto Rs. 57,422 for one year, which includes Rs. 14,500 of insurance cost, Rs. 2248 of maintenance cost and Rs. 40,674 of fuel cost. However, we have not factored in the loan interest as it depends on person to person and the percentage of amount taken in loan.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis is currently at its infancy. But still, the big boys like Hyundai Grand i10, Honda Brio and Mahindra KUV100 is keen to ignite the competitive spirit in the Ignis. The grand result of this competition will come soon, when future sales will have the final decision.