Maruti Suzuki is getting ready for a product onslaught just before the festive season frenzy in 2016. One of the many products - some of which will be all new, while some will receive updates - is the all-new Ignis hatchback.
Showcased at the Indian Auto Expo earlier in 2016, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will replace the Ritz. The Ritz was first launched in 2009 and has been given the odd update from time to time. The car has not seen any major updates though and had been silently put to rest in April 2016. The Ignis is as quirky a car as the Ritz was, and received a positive response from showgoers at the Auto Expo.
According to very reliable sources, Maruti will launch the Ignis in September 2016; it will be one of the first products that the company has planned to launch this year. What is interesting to know is that the Ignis will be sold through the company's NEXA premium dealerships; it will be marketed as a premium offering positioned under the Swift. Dealership representatives are reportedly being sent for product training of the new Ignis sometime in end-August/early-September with the launch slated just after.
The Suzuki Ignis is currently available only in the company's home market in Japan, India will be the second market in the world to get this model. There will be significant changes made to the Ignis to make it more in line with the market in India - these should include the drivetrain and features. The Ignis will be assembled locally by Maruti Suzuki.
Engine options will include the familiar 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, naturally-aspirated K-Series petrol motor and the 1.3-litre, DDiS 190 diesel motor. For the first few months, the Ignis will be offered only with a 5-speed manual transmission with a possibility that automatic transmission variants will be offered if there is demand for it. While Suzuki offers the Ignis with a CVT gearbox in Japan, Maruti is expected to fit the Ignis with a torque-converter or an AMT - if they plan to offer this option at all. The rumours about Maruti offering an SHVS system along with the 1.2-litre petrol motor have not been confirmed as of now; we will get more information on the same later.
Maruti has set its eyes on the Mahindra KUV100 as the main competition for the Ignis; it is expected to be marketed as a good-looking crossover with a plethora of equipment. The showcase model at the Auto Expo boasted of a ground clearance of 180mm, which should be a good selling point. With an overall length of 3,700mm, width of 1,600mm, height of 1,595mm and wheelbase of 2,385mm, the Ignis is not a small hatchback. With its boxy looks, it could easily be marketed as a micro-SUV!
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