Maruti Suzuki Ignis will be the first among diesel cars with an automatic gearbox in the entry level hatchback segment apart from the Celerio. Maruti Suzuki was also the first to kick start the Automatic Manual Transmission (AMT) feature in India and other manufacturers have followed the trend.
Maruti Suzuki is offering the AMT gearbox feature in the mid-variants of the Ignis -- Delta and Zeta. The top variant Ignis Alpha does not feature the AMT. Here is the detailed explanation of the Ignis AMT or the Automatic Ignis:
Gearbox And Variants:
Maruti Suzuki terms the AMT gearbox as Automatic Gear Shift (AGS) which features in the diesel Swift DZire AMT and the Celerio AMT models. The company sources the AMT gearbox from Magneti Marelli and is mounted on the standard 5-speed manual gearbox. The AMT or the AGS will electronically control the clutch and eliminates the use of the physical clutch pedal.
The AGS gearbox has its advantages of lower cost and better fuel efficiency. While the Swift DZire petrol model is equipped with the Automatic (AT) gearbox, the Ignis petrol model will be equipped with the AMT gearbox and not the full-fledged AT gearbox.
The Ignis AMT is offered in the Delta and Zeta variants which are the mid variants of the hatchback. Between the two variants of Delta and Zeta of the Ignis AMT, the Zeta variant is the higher variant between the two and is featured with:
- Chrome Accents for the Front Grille
- Fog Lamps with Chrome Garnish
- Alloy Wheels
- Fender Arch and Side Sill Plastic Moulding
The Ignis AMT Delta variant features wheel cover instead of the alloys, body coloured door handles, ORVMs, turn signals on the ORVMs, and blackened door pillars.
On the inside, the Delta and the Zeta variants of the Ignis AMT do not miss out any features between them. Below are the features of the Zeta variants of the Ignis AMT:
- Dual tone Dashboard
- Headlamp Leveller
- Driver and Co-Driver Sun Visor
- Co-Driver Vanity Mirror
- Chrome Accents On AC Vents
On the entertainment front, the Ignis AMT Zeta variant and Delta share most of the features except for Delta to miss out on four speakers and two tweeters. Here are the features of the Ignis AMT Zeta variant:
- Audio with CD and FM
- Bluetooth and USB Enabled
- Four Speakers And Two Tweeters
- Steering Mounted Audio Controls
- Audio Remote Control
As for the comfort and convenience features, again Maruti Suzuki has balanced between the two with Delta variant missing out only on Push Start Button and Electronic Folding ORVMs, apart from that the Delta gets most of the features of the Zeta. Here are the features of the Ignis AMT Zeta variant:
- Push Start Button
- Remote Keyless Entry
- AC with Heater
- Electronic Folding and Adjustable ORVMs
- Night and Day IRVMs
- Rear Seat Adjustable Head Restraints
- Rear Seat 60:40 Split
- 12V Accessory Socket
- Tilt Steering
- Front and Rear Power Windows
- Luggage Lamp
- Parcel Tray
- Dead Pedal
Safety And Mileage:
All the variants of the Ignis irrespective of the model being a petrol or diesel or between variants, the compact hatchback features standard fitment of Dual Front Airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorages, Seat Belt Pretensioners with Force Limiters, Pedestrian Protection and Full frontal, Frontal offset, and Side Impact Safe.
Recently, the Euro NCAP crash tested the Ignis and rated it with three stars for the model without the safety pack, while the model with full safety pack was rated with an impressive five-star rating.
Both the variants of the Ignis AMT, the Delta and Zeta misses out rear view parking camera, though the Zeta variant gets the rear parking sensors, rear defogger and wiper. Apart from these features, the Zeta safety features are on par with the top variant Alpha.
Here are other safety features of the Ignis AMT Zeta variant:
- Security Alarm System
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Rear Defogger And Wiper
- Child Lock on Rear Doors
- High-Mounted LED Stop Light
- Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
- Front Wiper and Washer
- Driver Seatbelt Reminder
- Overtaking Turn Indicator
- Headlamp ON Reminder
- Key Left Reminder
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis AMT returns a mileage of 20.89km/l for the petrol model, while the diesel model returns a healthy mileage of 26.80km/l. The diesel mileage of the Ignis is the best among its competitors.
Both the manual and AMT gearbox model of Ignis have the same engine specifications. The Ignis AMT petrol is powered by 1.2-litre VVT engine which produces 81.80bhp and 113Nm of torque, while the diesel unit is powered by 1.3-litre DDiS engine developing 74bhp and 190Nm of peak torque. Both the petrol and the diesel, as previously mentioned, will be mated to either the 5-speed manual or the AGS gearbox.
On the exterior front, the Ignis AMT Delta variant misses out on some of the cosmetic changes and does not misses out any features on the inside. As for the safety features, the Delta misses out only on the rear parking camera compared the Zeta variant. If you are looking to forego the above features, then Delta variant of the Ignis AMT is a better choice.
Both the variants misses out on LED projector headlamps and daytime running lights, rear parking camera, automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system and driver seat height adjuster.
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