Maruti Suzuki will launch quite a few new vehicles and facelifts in the market this year. After launching the Maruti Suzuki all-new WagonR and facelifted Baleno in the Indian market, Maruti is now working on the premium entry-level hatchback – Maruti Suzuki Ignis. The drop in the sales of the Ignis recently in the Indian market indicated that the manufacturer will soon update the model and the new pictures suggest that the launch is imminent.
This is a mid-life facelift of the Ignis that will be launched to keep the model fresh in the market. In the pictures taken by GaadiWaadi, the visual changes are very minute and the new version of the Ignis will get new features to comply with the upcoming rules that will be implemented on 1st April 2019. Visually, there is no change in the vehicle. It gets the same headlamp unit with DRL, same grille and exactly the same bumper. Even at the rear, the tail lamps and the bumper remain the same. However, we can see the addition of the roof rail on the Ignis, which is not available with the current version of the car. Except for this, everything else remains identical to the current version on the exterior.
On the inside, Maruti Suzuki may update the dashboard and the seat fabrics. Just like the new Baleno and the all-new WagonR, the upcoming Ignis may get the new Smart Studio infotainment system, which comes with an updated User Interface. It is much easier to use the new interface. Apart from that Maruti Suzuki will now offer features like seatbelt alert system, speed warning system, rear parking sensors and ABS as standard across all the variants. Out of these, the airbag and ABS+EBD are standard even in the current version of the vehicle.
Mechanically, Maruti Suzuki is expected to keep the Ignis untouched. It is currently offered with the 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 82 Bhp and a peak torque of 113 Nm. It gets a 5-speed manual transmission and a 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT). Maruti Suzuki initially offered the 1.3-litre diesel engine with the Ignis too but due to the low-demand and upcoming BS-VI emission norms, the diesel engine has now been discontinued.
Maruti Suzuki is expected to launch the facelifted Ignis on 25th February but no official announcement has been made yet. It is possible that the hatchback will get a minor hike in the price to justify the additional standard features in the vehicle. Currently, the base variant of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis is priced at Rs. 4.75 lakh while the top-end version of the car is priced at Rs. 7.13 lakh. Maruti is also expected to launch the all-new 1.5-litre diesel engine-powered Ciaz and the Ertiga in the coming weeks in the Indian market.