The facelifted Maruti Ignis will get some visual changes and an upgraded BSVI-compliant engine option.
Launched in 2017, the Maruti Ignis has been pitched as a unique ‘crossover-ish” hatchback or a “micro-SUV” with retro design language. Now, the company is readying the mild update for the retro hatch in a bid to keep it fresh and competitive in the market. Images of the 2020 Maruti Ignis have been leaked online ahead of its official showcase. Though the set of images are of the European-spec Ignis, we expect the Indian-spec car to be visually identical.
The Maruti Ignis facelift gets a more SUV-oriented styling approach than the previous model.
In February 2019, Maruti Suzuki updated the Ignis with some prominent safety kits that make it compliant with the stricter AIS 145 safety norms. In May 2019, the Ignis witnessed around 3,000 units sold per month and clocked 1 lakhs unit sales milestone ever since it has launched in India. The company hopes that the facelift would help boost sales to a higher level.
The updated Ignis sports a refreshed front fascia that features a new radical grille with U-shaped vents similar to the one on the Maruti Vitara Brezza. It comes with a heavily-refreshed bumper which boasts of faux scuff plates brushed in silver, also reminiscent of the Brezza. At the back, the upcoming Maruti Ignis facelift looks more stylish with a revised bumper housing a faux skid plate parallel to the front.
The Ignis facelift will come with an upgraded version of the K12M engine complying with the BSVI emission standards.
On the inside, the 2020 Maruti Ignis (facelift) may flaunt the SmartPlay Studio infotainment system as a replacement of the ongoing SmartPlay unit. We also expect a new interior colour theme with new upholstery inside the vehicle, giving the cabin an upmarket feel.
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Powering the new Ignis facelift will be a BSVI-compliant K12M 1.2-litre gasoline engine that propels 83 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. The transmission choices will comprise of a 5-speed MT or an AMT. The upgrade to the BSVI emission norms may lead to some marginal changes in the fuel efficiency stakes of the model which is rated at 20.89 kmpl in the BSIV guise.
In the Indian market, the Maruti Ignis faces the rivalries from some models like Ford Freestyle, Tata Tiago NRG, Mahindra KUV100 NXT and more.