Unimaginable research and number crunching goes into finalising the trim levels of a car. Different manufacturers employ different strategies when doing so. Some offer ripped entry-level variants to push the buyers to upgrade to a more feature-loaded trim; others keep it that way to release a killer introductory price to grab attention. Some, on the other hand, give all the necessities that would make even the entry-level trim a good buy.
Maruti Suzuki will be offering its upcoming crossover hatchback Ignis in four trim levels – Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. The Sigma will be the least feature-loaded trim and will be available on the petrol Ignis only; we wonder it's there to allow Maruti Suzuki announce an unbelievable entry-level price.
But a glance on the Ignis' brochure reveals that Maruti Suzuki will be packing the Ignis with a lot of goodies, and safety features appear to be on high priority, finally! The Ignis will see ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, Dual Front Airbags and Seatbelt pre-tensioners with force limiters as standard features. The Ignis' goodie bag further impresses with additions like Tilt Steering, Front power windows with driver side auto down and Speed sensing auto door locking.
Do all these features make the entry-level Ignis a complete package? Well, no! It misses out on some features available in higher grades that would not have affected the selling price much. Three such omissions that would have added significant value to Ignis' base variant are:
1. Wheel covers – Ever imagined a car as striking in design as the Ignis running on steel wheels without wheel covers? That when a set of four wheel covers would have only hiked the price of the Ignis by a thousand rupees, or even less! For a car targeted at the millenials, Maruti Suzuki should have avoided style compromises. The Ignis will also roll out of Maruti Suzuki's premium retail chain, Nexa, so this is the least we can expect a premium car to get.
2. Audio system – It's anybody's guess how much does a 1-DIN music system cost these days. Add the cost of 2 front door speakers, and you'll still be down by only a few thousand rupees. That when you're launching a car to represent your premium brand, it would have been better if Maruti Suzuki would have added a music system to the package on the base Sigma trim as well.
3. Day/night IRVM – Shouldn't a car offering safety features like ABS and airbags as standard get a manual day/night IRVM?
Researching more on the Ignis? This link will direct you to our first look review of the Ignis while this link would take you to its technical specifications. Let us know in the comments below how you find the Maruti Suzuki Ignis.