Maruti Suzuki’s latest Nexa offering, the Ignis, is striking the right chord with prospective buyers. Dealerships started to accept bookings for the Ignis from January 02, 2017 and it can now be booked online as well at an amount of Rs 11,000. The Ignis is touted to be the most affordable car in the Nexa line-up and will get an AMT gearbox with both diesel and petrol engines.
Nexa dealerships in Delhi/NCR are citing a waiting period on the Ignis varying from 4 to 8 weeks. The dealerships are yet to get the Ignis stock from Maruti Suzuki, and they’re hopeful of receiving the same a few days before the official launch of the car on January 13, 2017. A couple of dealerships in Delhi-NCR inform us that only a few customers will be able to get the deliveries of the Ignis in January 2017 due to limited despatch. However, this is just one of the reasons why waiting periods are rising.
The other is that the dealerships are expecting to receive only the top-of-the-line Alpha trim in the beginning. So, the buyers who’ve made a booking for the Alpha variant might have more chances to be amongst the first people to be handed over the keys. A few manufacturers have, in the past as well, started with delivering the more equipped variants of their newly launched products.
The Alpha trim of the diesel Ignis will be fully-loaded and should cost around Rs 7 lakh. Besides the Alpha variant, chances are that Maruti Suzuki may also have the Ignis Zeta up for delivery.
The Ignis will be available in four variants with the petrol engine and three with the diesel. The base Sigma trim will not be available with the diesel motor. Maruti Suzuki is offering AMT transmission with the Delta and Zeta variants only which fall between the top Alpha and base Sigma trim.
The Ignis is expected to cost between Rs 4.5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh and should ideally compete with Mahindra’s mini utility vehicle, KUV100. Price-wise, the Ignis will have to lock horns with cars like Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo and Maruti Suzuki Swift.
We have already checked the car in the flesh and you can head to our first look review of the Ignis to find out how it looks inside-out.