The nation’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki continues to update its line-up. Maruti wants to build on the momentum of new launches. It started with all-new Wagon R, continued to Baleno, and now the Ignis has received a facelift. With this update, the Ignis doesn’t get any mechanical changes, the tall hatchback gets more equipment changes with this update.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis has been facing heat after the launch of the Ford Freestyle. This update will help the Ignis to keep up with its segment. The higher variants of the Ignis will get roof rails for a better road presence.
Upcoming safety regulations are stringent and to keep up with the safety norms, all variants of the Ignis will come with reverse-parking sensors, driver and passenger seat belt reminder, and a speed alert system. The pre-facelift Ignis was already offered with dual front airbags, ABS and EBD, ISOFIX child-seat anchor points as standard. With the addition of the safety features, prices for the Ignis hatchback have gone up.
Like the outgoing model, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis facelift will be powered by a 1.2-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 83hp and 113Nm of peak torque. Interestingly rivals in the segment have reduced the number of cylinders for increasing fuel efficiency. The Ford Freestyle is offered with a three-cylinder Dragon series petrol engine. Ford has also developed a turbocharged version of the three-cylinder engine. The Ecoboost engine offers healthy mid-range torque and excellent fuel efficiency for its size. This engine is only available on premium products like Ecosport crossover and Mustang coupe.
Earlier, the Ignis was offered with a diesel engine but owing to lack of demand for a diesel engine in the segment. Maruti only offers a petrol engine with Ignis. The engine can be had with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Currently, the pricing for the Ignis hatchback starts from INR 4.79 lakh for the Sigma (base) petrol base variant and goes up to Rs 7.14 lakh for the Alpha variant equipped with automatic transmission. The hatchback is offered in a total of seven trim levels. The Ignis will available from Maruti’s Nexa chain of dealerships. The Ignis competes against the Hyundai Grand i10, the Mahindra KUV100 NXT, and the Ford Freestyle.