India, being one of the fastest growing automobile markets, is witnessing a sea change in terms of safety standards. Passenger safety has commanded more attention and to protect passengers and pedestrians alike, automakers in the country are updating models under its gambit to comply with new safety regulations coming into effect later this year.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited, the automaker that commands over 50 percent of the automobile market has already ensured that its models are safe way ahead of the regulation coming into effect. The S-Cross, Ciaz, Baleno and Ertiga all comply with new crash test and safety norms while the Ignis too has now been updated with the launch of 2019 edition today in India.
Launching the new 2019 IGNIS, Mr. R S Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) Maruti Suzuki India, said, “Today, IGNIS has changed the way customers look at the premium compact segment. IGNIS has established itself as a complete package for those who seek the unconventional. Taking passenger safety to next level, we have loaded IGNIS with more safety features. These will be offered as standard across all variants. To enhance the design of IGNIS and give it a strong road presence, new roof rails are offered in Zeta and Alpha variants. We are confident that the updated version of IGNIS will be even more attractive for the premium urban car user.”
The Ignis facelift is open for booking at Nexa dealerships. Right from the base trim onwards, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will sport new safety features such as rear parking sensors, speed warning, dual airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners with force limiters. It will also receive ISOFIX child seat anchors, ABS and EBD as standard. Below are the ex-showroom prices of 2019 Ignis vs 2018 Ignis price list.
Earlier it was seen that rear parking sensors were only offered on top two variants while rear parking camera was exclusive to the top of the line Alpha variant. The new speed alert system will emit a beep every two minutes when the car crosses the 80 kmph mark followed by a constant beep sound when the vehicle reaches the 120 kmph mark. This feature is being made standard across all vehicles from mid 2019 forcing drivers to stay well within the speed limit.
No engine upgrades will be seen on the 2019 Maruti Ignis, which will continue to be powered exclusively by a petrol engine as the diesel version was discontinued last year due to poor sales. The 1.2 liter K12B petrol engine will offer 83 bhp power and 113 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and 5 speed AMT.