Maruti Suzuki’s other tall boy hatch, the Ignis has received an update and the model will be unveiled shortly. Now, the updated Ignis has been spotted at a dealership yard. Going by the image below, it seems that the company has not made many cosmetic alterations on the car and it looks almost the same as the ongoing model apart from new silver roof rails. Also, the black alloy wheels and the projector headlamps with LED DRLs confirms that this one is the top-end Alpha variant. Maruti is refreshing its whole lineup and the Ignis is the next step in the process.
Maruti started the year with the launch of the all-new WagonR and shortly after, brought in the Baleno facelift. The new Ignis will be the third car to be launched by the company this year and it will be followed by a slew of other new facelifts and launches throughout the year. Talking about the updated Ignis, it looks pretty same to the outgoing model as said before. However, it comes with a host of new and improved safety features in lieu with the upcoming safety norms. This translates into the 2019 Ignis will be equipped with features like passenger-side seatbelt reminder, rear parking sensors and speed alert system as standard across all variants.
Apart from these, the top of the line Alpha variant of the Ignis will feature Maruti’s new SmartPlay Studio infotainment system, which has now become a regular feature of all new Maruti cars. It comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Also, it lets you listen to the latest music, check news, have latest updates on weather along with locating nearby restaurants.
Speaking of engine and transmission, the new Ignis is expected to remain the same as the outgoing model. It will be powered by the same tried and tested 1.2-litre K12 petrol engine that powers many other cars from the Maruti stable. The 1197 cc four-cylinder engine puts out a decent 83 Bhp of power at 6000 rpm and develops a peak torque of 113 Nm at 4200 rpm. Transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional 5-speed AMT unit.
Expect the prices of the new updated Ignis to be bumped up a little compared to the current prices. As of now, the base Sigma manual variant of Ignis retails for Rs. 4.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) while the top of the line Alpha automatic variant retails at Rs. 7.05 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The increment in prices can be around Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000. In its segment, the Ignis rivals the likes of Tata Tiago NRG and Ford Freestyle among others and this update is expected to boost the sales of the tall boy designed hatchback.