Maruti is gearing up to launch the Ignis mini crossover in India in the coming months. The upcoming product was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo earlier this year, in the form of a near-production concept. The small car which will rival the likes of Mahindra KUV100, has been imported in Pakistan.
In India, the new Maruti Ignis will be powered by the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines. The petrol variant will be available with an optional automatic transmission in the form of a CVT (Continuously Varying Transmission) rather than AMT (Automated Manual Transmission).
The same petrol motor is paired to a 4-speed automatic gearbox onboard the Dzire but a CVT would result in better fuel economy. Standard transmission option will be a 5-speed manual unit. The one in the image here, is powered by 1248 cc petrol 4 cylinder DualJet motor with mild hybrid tech.
The Ignis adopts a fresh design language which is characterized by tall stance, boxy front fascia with prominent headlamps, an angular greenhouse, and a wedge-shaped rear fascia. Inside, a simple vertically bifurcated dual-tone dashboard sports a touchscreen infotainment system and a new steering wheel.
When launched in India, Maruti Ignis will join the Baleno and S-Cross as the third member of the Nexa lineup. This indicates a premium positioning and a rich equipment list. To be priced below the Vitara Brezza, the Ignis will be attempting to lure prospective buyers from the B-segment hatchbacks.
PS – Self importing cost of Ignis in Pakistan ranges from INR 20-24 lakh, depending on the variant / colour you import.