The Maruti Suzuki Ignis has been crowned as the Hatchback of the Year at the NDTV Car and Bike Awards 2018. If you remember, Maruti Suzuki had launched the Ignis in January this year at an introductory price tag of ₹ 4.59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). EDM sensation and world famous DJ Axwell performed at the launch event of the Ignis, which was targeted for the millennials. Lauded for its economical pricing, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis is the company's answer for Hyundai's Grand i10 and Honda's Brio. But, the Ignis, with its unconventional design, premium feel and the excellent drive quality, made it a winner in the jury's books.
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The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is the second product to be built on the Baleno platform and has a very unconventional design to it. That flat body styling gives it an aggressive and masculine look, accentuated wheel arches; short overhangs squared headlamps and a sharp C-pillar giving it a butch appearance. The Ignis also gets LED DRLs and black finished alloy wheels to compliment the premium look. The Ignis is built on Suzuki's new generation Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) platform, providing optimised protection for its passengers.
On the features front, the Ignis gets a dual-tone clutter-free dashboard with a new four-spoke multifunction steering wheel, floating style touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. It also gets Bluetooth, AUX and USB connectivity. Along with climate control, the Ignis also gets ambient lighting for the instrument cluster, toggle switches on the centre console and a boot capacity is a decent 260-litres. Available in six colours- Uptown Red, Pearl Arctic White, Silky Silver, Tinsel Blue, Urban Blue and Glistening Grey, the colours vary according to the variants you choose.
Under the hood, the Ignis is available in both petrol and diesel units. A 1.2 litre K-Series engine powers the petrol trims churning out 82 bhp and 113 Nm of torque. The diesel trim, on the other hand, gets the 1.3 litre DDiS engine tuned to produce 74 bhp and max torque of 190 Nm. Both engines come mated to a 5-Speed manual transmission. The company recently introduced the AGS (Auto Gear Shift) technology on the Alpha (top trim) variant, taking the variant count to 13 in petrol and diesel trims. According to the company, the Ignis AGS models (Delta and Zeta) constitute of 27 per cent of all Ignis models sold in India.