As per a report, Maruti Suzuki India Limited has stopped production of the Ignis Diesel variant – citing lower than expected demand. This does not mean that the car is discontinued. Maruti Ignis petrol variant continues to be on sale, in fact it is among the best selling cars in the price range.
Maruti Ignis customers have been opting for the petrol variant for two reasons – not only it has all the features but is also priced more affordably between Rs 4.72 lakhs to Rs 6.31 lakhs, as compared to the Ignis diesel variant which is priced from INR 6.38 lakhs to INR 8.17 lakhs.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis was launched in January 2017. Since then the company has noted average sales of 4,000 units per month. However, following launch of the new Swift and DZire, sales of the Ignis have fallen. Even as Maruti Suzuki India Limited has not made any official announcement on the discontinuation of Ignis diesel production, dealers are offering benefits to the extent of INR 70,000 on the Ignis diesel.
Ignis diesel manual version is being offered at a cash discount of INR 35,000 while AMT variant attracts a discount of INR 40,000. Apart from these cash discounts, dealers are also offering exchange bonus of INR 25,000 and corporate bonus of INR 3,100 on all Ignis models. Ignis petrol manual variant can be had at a cash discount of INR 25,000 while the AMT comes in with a cash discount of INR 35,000.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis, the second car to be built on the Baleno platform, is powered by a 1.2 liter, 4 cylinder, K12 engine seen on the Baleno and Swift and a 1.3 liter DDiS diesel engine also powering the Swift, Baleno and Ciaz.
Both engines get mated to 5 speed manual gearbox and AMT. This discontinuation of the diesel variant shows the changing trend as buyers make a clear shift towards petrol variants once again.