Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Maruti Suzuki Ignis: Five Segment Firsts

Maruti Suzuki Ignis

The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is proving to be a hit among its prospective buyers even before its launch or showcase to the customers. of about 8-10 weeks for the petrol variants and 11-12 weeks for the more popular diesel, in just one week

Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Apart from the funky looks and the diesel-AMT combo, what has customers rushing to the Nexa dealerships are the sheer quantity of features which the Ignis has on offer. Among these gizmos, we have picked the top five which have never been seen before in the hatchback space.

1. LED Headlamps

Maruti Suzuki Ignis - Grille

It's most likely that when you first look at this car in a showroom, your gaze will wander along the massive uni-grille and rest on the LED DRLs. But what some people don't know is that the LED-ness of the Ignis doesn't end there. The Ignis will be the most affordable hatchback in the country (by a huge margin of around Rs 18 lakhs) to adorn LED headlamps. The next hatch, without a luxury badge, to have LED headlamps is the Volkswagen GTI, which is retailed at a hefty ex-showroom price of Rs 25.99 lakh. Rest assured, in the Ignis, you will have bright times ahead.

2. Touchscreen Infotainment System

Maruti Suzuki Ignis - Interiors

Who doesn't prefer a large screen sitting nicely on the dashboard, or, ever better, appearing to float just over it? We all do, especially, the smartphone generation, where every command is a touch and slide rather than push or rotate. Having a touchscreen with smartphone integration in the car just makes it more user-friendly.

Targeting this need of the millennials, Maruti has equipped the Ignis with a 7-inch floating display on top of the dashboard - something like you get on the Mercs. This display runs Suzuki's SmartPlay infotainment system which packs Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. Also, the infotainment system doubles up as the display for navigation and the reverse camera. Quite impressive for a car which will most likely cost you less than Rs 7 lakh.

3. Dual-Tone Exterior Colours

Maruti Suzuki Ignis

It's a well-known fact that this generation loves the dapper look. And just like ourselves, we want our cars to echo our personalities. Capitalising on this fashion quotient, Maruti is offering the Ignis two-tone paint schemes. Available in the top two variants, the Ignis comes in the following two-tone combinations - Uptown Red with a Midnight Black roof, Tinsel Blue with a Midnight Black roof, and Tinsel Blue with a Pearl Artic White roof. This not only makes the car look cool but also lets the owners add a personalised touch to the car.

4. Customisation Options

Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Since the 'iCreate' personalization packages in the Vitara Brezza have been a hit, Maruti is planning on introducing them in the Ignis as well. Though these might not be available at the time of the launch, Maruti could roll them out later and allow customers to add a flavour of their own personality to their Ignis. In the Brezza, the iCreate packages include Urban, Glamour and Sport, ranging from Rs 18,000 to Rs 24,000 and come with specialised accessories like garnishes for the front grille, fog lamps and wing mirrors, body graphics and designer floor mats.

5. 15-Inch All-Black Alloy Wheels

Maruti Suzuki Ignis - Wheels

Where most hatchbacks in the country make do with 13 or 14-inch wheels, the Ignis features sturdy 15-inch alloy wheels. These wheels are painted black in the top-of-the-line Alpha variant and give the car a prominent SUV-esque stance.

Not only in terms of features, the Ignis has also created a lot of buzz for being one of the only diesel automatic hatchbacks in the country. It has a 1.3-litre diesel engine from the Swift which makes 75PS of power and 190Nm of torque. Mated with the 5-speed manual or the AMT, the diesel claims to return a mileage of 26.80kmpl. The petrol, on the other hand, is a 1.2-litre unit producing 83PS of power and 113Nm of torque. The claimed mileage for the petrol-manual and petrol-automatic combination is 20.89kmpl.

The Ignis will be launching in India on January 13, 2017. We expect Maruti to price it on the lines of the Swift, and, if we are lucky, even cheaper. Expect the base variant of the Ignis to have a sticker price of Rs 4.5 lakh.

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