Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Maruti Suzuki Ignis to be manufactured at Gujarat plant. Pictured: Maruti Suzuki IgnisIBTimes India

Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest carmaker, is expected to launch the new Ignis, the small crossover, during the festive season this year. The model is currently undertaking testing on the Indian roads and will be the third model to be sold through Maruti Nexa premium dealerships.

Now a report of Overdrive says that the Ignis will be rolled out of Maruti's new plant in Gujarat, which would commence its operations in January 2017. It was also said that Maruti would be exporting the Ignis to other countries, keeping the new plant as its manufacturing hub. The Gujarat plant will also manufacture the Baleno and the next-gen Swift. The Gujarat plant is developed with a total investment of Rs. 18,500 crore and the plant will have a capacity to make 2, 50,000 vehicles annually in the initial phase.

The Ignis, the small crossover from Maruti Suzuki's stable, made its India debut at the Auto Expo 2016 in February. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs.4.8 lakh to Rs.6.8 lakh and is likely to be taken care of by Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and airbags.

Under the hood, from what we know, the Ignis is likely to get a 1.2-litre VTVT petrol engine and a 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel unit. There have also been rumours that the Ignis could get a new 1.2 litre diesel engine, which is said to be the three-cylinder version of the 800cc diesel engine. As for features, the Ignis is expected to come with projector headlights, outside rear-view mirrors with turn indicators, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear-mounted spoiler and LED headlights and touchscreen infotainment system.

[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]

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