The next big launch after Vitara Brezza for Maruti Suzuki is the Ignis which has been classified as a premium urban compact vehicle. The Ignis offers a lot of features which are first-in-segment and will be sold through Nexa showrooms also will be the first model which can be booked online.
Here are 5 key details you should know about the Maruti Ignis:
1. All-New Lightweight Platform
The upcoming Maruti Ignis is based on a completely new platform which is lighter and rigid. The lighter platform results in better fuel efficiency, yet stronger in crash tests. The Ignis was crash tested by Euro NCAP and it scored 3 stars for the standard variant, while the model with safety pack scored full 5 stars.
The new platform of the Ignis has helped shrink engine compartment space which has led to aroomier cabin. The continuous and smooth shape of the Ignis platform secures high rigidity while reducing reinforcing members and weight.
The Maruti Ignis is being classified as a premium urban compact vehicle with loads of first-in-segment features. The top variant of the Ignis will feature LED headlights and DRLs, keyless entry and push-button start/stop, rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, climate control, new steering wheel with controls for telephony and music system among others.
The Ignis also features 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and navigation. For the driver information, there is the multi-information display with information of trip meters, fuel efficiency, level, low fuel warning, instant fuel economy, temperature and time.
As the Maruti Ignis will be sold through NEXA showroom, like the Baleno and the S-Cross, the Ignis will feature dual airbags, ABS and ISOFIX mounts as standard fitment. As mentioned above, the Ignis with safety pack scored an impressive 5 stars when crash tested by the Euro NCAP.
Brakes for the front wheels are discs and the rear is of drums for the Ignis. The Ignis also comes with rear parking sensors and steering mounted controls for better safe driving. Unlike the Baleno, the Ignis will not feature the UV cut glass or the leather upholstery.
4. Ground Clearance And Wheels
The Ignis has been developed with 180mm of ground clearance and relieves you of any pothole-riddled roads in India. As the wheelbase and overhangs are short, the Ignis gives it a decent approach and departure angle which eases your drive on Indian road conditions.
Maruti Ignis will come with 15-inch alloy wheels as standard fitment across variants unlike other models from the country's largest car manufacturer. The preview model wore the 175/65 R15 tyres.
5. Engine And Gearbox
Maruti is powering the Ignis with the 1.2-litre VVT petrol and the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines as seen in the Baleno. Both the engines will be paired with the choice of 5-speed manual or AMT gearbox.
The top variant of the Maruti Ignis might not feature the AMT gearbox; however, the base and the mid variant will come with the option of the AMT gearbox.
Other key mentions of the Ignis include the option of dual exterior paint and is expected to be offered with the blue colour variant in black or white roof and the red exterior paint variant will be offered with the black roof.
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