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Maruti Suzuki Ignis spied testing in New Delhi

Maruti Suzuki Ignis spied testing in New Delhi
Ninad Ambre Ninad Ambre Monday 19 September 2016, 17:17 PM
 

The Maruti Suzuki Ignis has been spied testing ahead of its market launch, which is expected to happen next year. The new car will then be sold through Maruti’s premium Nexa line of dealerships.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis' test mule appears to be the top-end version featuring a completely wrapped body. It was riding on black-painted 15-inch alloy rims similar to the set seen at the Auto Expo 2016, when it made its Indian debut. It previewed a sub four-metre crossover with SUVish traits like a high ground clearance of 180mm, SUV like design, flared wheel arches, plastic cladding, high shoulder line etc. The Indian model will be based on the one sold in Japan, except for some changes like chrome embellishments to suit an Indian buyer's taste.

The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is 3,700mm long, 1,660mm wide, 1,595mm tall and has a long wheelbase of 2,435mm. The latter should help in liberating sufficient space inside the cabin. The interior features a dual tone dashboard with a freestanding SmartPlay display, a different design for the steering wheel and unique HVAC controls.

The India-spec Maruti Ignis is likely to come powered by the 1.2-litre K12B petrol engine with VVT or a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. The latter could also benefit from Maruti Suzuki's SHVS mild hybrid technology. We can expect a five-speed manual to be standard on all variants, with the option of an AMT (AGS) gearbox for the petrol trim as well.

This upcoming car was confirmed to go on sale in the Indian market before the end of this year, with speculative reports suggesting an October launch. However, Maruti Suzuki is currently focusing on reducing the waiting period of the Baleno and Brezza. So they have pushed the launch to next year instead of the upcoming festive season. This sub four-metre crossover will go up against the Mahindra KUV100 when it goes on sale in India. We can expect the carmaker to price the car from Rs 4.5-7 lakh when launched.

 

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