India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has been struggling with capacity constrains with increased sales of two new models — the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza. Both the manufacturing facilities of Maruti Suzuki in Haryana are currently running in full capacity, and hence there were reports that the auto major’s next new car launch will happen only after the inauguration of the Gujarat plant in January 2017. Justifying the rumours, emerging reports indicate the company will launch the Ignis only in the Q4 of this financial year, and most probably in January.
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). It is this variant which has now been spied.
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. Maruti Ignis with auto transmission will also get Hybrid badging, as shown in the latest spy shots.
The interiors feature contemporary design, but sticks to a practical look with matching off-white dashboard and a bright orange inlay near the shifter.
The source states that vehicle will be available in two options. A petrol variant that packs in a 1.2-litre engine that delivers 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. The diesel variant features a 1.3-litre motor capable of producing 74bhp and 190Nm of peak torque.