India’s love with the word - SUV cannot go unnoticed. The new trend started by the KUV1OO is called Micro SUV, we can put Renault Kwid in the same segment purely based on its looks. The Micro SUVs have nothing that can be compared with a full size SUV, they are there just to attract more eyeballs and be sold in more numbers.
Maruti Suzuki for obvious reasons, can’t stay from this new segment and they are preparing a new product to take on the segment. We may see this vehicle named as Ignis and in all probability replace the ageing Ritz. We have been hearing a lot about the upcoming vehicle in the automotive rumour factory and from the latest information that we received, it seems Maruti Suzuki will introduce the SHVS technology, which was limited to only diesel Maruti vehicles, will feature for the first time in the Ignis with the petrol engine.
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The Ignis is little bigger than the KUV when we compare it size-wise. The car is 3,700mm long, 1,660mm wide and 1,595mm in height. The wheelbase of the Ignis will measure at 2,385mm will have a boot space of 243 litres that can be expanded to 473 litres after folding the rear seats.
The Ignis will be offered with only a petrol engine. The 1.25-litre Dualjet engine churns out a healthy 90 PS plus 3 PS of extra power from the electric motor. The SHVS seems to be standard on all the variants and just like the Ciaz hybrid, we may see a waiver of tax meant for hybrid vehicles applied on the Ignis too. The Ignis will be offered with Suzuki’s AllGrip 4WD system internationally, but Maruti is highly unlikely to offer the same in India.
We may see many interesting features including adjustable rear seats, USB and Bluetooth. The air-conditioning system may come with climate control. The Ignis will be launched during Auto Expo 2016 and will carry a price tag from around Rs. 4 lakh to 7 lakh. It is still unclear if the Ignis will be sold through the premium Nexa dealerships, if it does, it will become the 3rd vehicle in the lineup that will be sold through the premium dealerships of Maruti Suzuki.
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