Japanese automaker Suzuki has introduced the new Ignis for its local market or as the world calls it JDM (Japanese Domestic Market). Suzuki had shown the Ignis Concept for the time at the 44th Tokyo Auto Show in 2015 and at that time, it was thought that Suzuki will introduce the Ignis in South Asia that includes India, as well as the British and European markets in 2017. However, due to the growing interest of people in the Ignis, Suzuki pushed to introduce the car in various regions before reaching 2017’s timeline, and now, the Ignis will be available for sale in Japan and India in February 2016.
The new Suzuki Ignis will be available in three different variants: Hybrid MG, Hybrid MX and top of the line Hybrid MZ. All the variants will be available with either 2-wheel-drive (2WD) or 4-wheel-drive (4WD). The wheels will be connected to a CVT gearbox while powered by a 1200cc K12C dual jet 4-cylinder engine with Suzuki’s micro-hybrid technology. Before Ignis, the K12C was used with Suzuki Solio and Bandit. The engine produces 90 HP and 118 Nm Torque whereas the ISG (Integrated Started Generator) will add another 3 HP and 50 Nm Torque.
The 2WD version of the Suzuki Ignis will give an impressive mileage of 28 KMPL and the AWD version will give a mileage of 25.4 KMPL. The difference in the fuel mileage `between the 2WD and AWD version is due to weight, the 2WD MZ Hybrid weighs only 880 KG and the AWD weighs 920 KG.
Suzuki’s new crossover is laced with features such as LED lights, fog lamps, 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, push-start, and Apple CarPlay based ICE system.
The Ignis also have a lot of safety features such as Front and side driver and passenger airbags, ABS is supported by the EBD, lane warning system, ESP, and a 4WD system for when you need some extra grip. There are driver aids as well; there’s a 360 view camera too.
Suzuki Ignis MG (2WD) – 13.82 lac yen – Approximately 11.98 lac Pak Rupees
Suzuki Ignis MG (4WD) – 15.19 lac yen – Approximately 13.16 lac Pak Rupees
Suzuki Ignis MX (2WD) – 15.01 lac yen – Approximately 13.01 lac Pak Rupees
Suzuki Ignis MX (4WD) – 16.38 lac yen – Approximately 14.19 lac Pak Rupees
Suzuki Ignis MZ (2WD) – 16.41 lac yen – Approximately 14.22 lac Pak Rupees
Suzuki Ignis MZ (4WD) – 17.78 lac yen – Approximately 15.41 lac Pak Rupees
After Japan, the car will also be introduced in India by Maruti Suzuki with the same name. Maruti has said that they will introduce the car during the Auto Expo 2016 which will begin from 3rd February.
The major difference between the JDM Ignis and Indian Ignis is the engine. Ignis is expected to be sold with the 1200cc K series engine that is currently available in the Swift. But there are reports that Maruti may introduce it with either the booster jet turbo engine, the 800cc 2-cyl. Diesel and the Fiat sourced 1300cc Multi-jet engine. This is in addition to Maruti’s plan to keep the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle System) in the Indian market Ignis.
In Pakistan, Pak Suzuki is expected to replace Cultus with Celerio in 2017. Industry sources have claimed that the new Limited Edition Cultus has been introduced to give Suzuki Cultus the final push to sell the last stocks. However, it looks as though that they might not be so eager to introduce a new car here so it is useless to make a suggestion to Pak Suzuki to introduce a car that has a better engine, better mileage, and a good price as well. But those who want this vehicle, should not get their hopes down because once the Ignis arrives on Japanese roads, you can then import to Pakistan as well within a few months.