Maruti Suzuki's Ignis crossover, which was unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo in February is set to launch later this year.
Motor Trend India is reporting that the new crossover will come equipped with its 5-speed Auto Gear Shift (AGS)/ AMT gearbox rather than an automatic transmission as has been widely reported.
The reason for the change is quite a simple one — price. Maruti Suzuki is hoping to undercut the KUV1OO from Mahindra with the new Ignis and using an AMT instead of an automatic gearbox should help the company keep the price of the new car down.
Another reason for switching to an AMT is that it will help keep the price difference between the AMT and manual variants low which should help boost sales of the AMT variants as AMTs grow in popularity with the Indian buyer.
Maruti is expected to offer the AMT gearbox with both petrol and diesel variants which would make it one of two cars that will soon be offering the gearbox with both fuel types. Maruti will borrow the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines found in the Swift hatchback and Swift Dzire compact sedan for use in the Ignis.
The Ignis is expected to be priced between Rs. 4.5 – 7 lakhs (ex-showroom) at launch.