Maruti Suzuki Ignis
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Ignis, the premium crossover from the house of Maruti Suzuki, is all set to go on sale in India from January 13. The preparations are well underway ahead of the launch of the new Ignis, which will be sold through Nexa premium dealerships of the company in India.

Ignis, the third model to join the Nexa line-up in India, will be manufactured at the company's plant in Gurgaon, where Vitara Brezza compact SUV is also being made. Maruti Suzuki's third plant in Gujarat is expected to commence its operations in early 2017.

Currently, the company is facing production constraints due to the overwhelming response for its compact SUV Vitara Brezza and premium hatchback Baleno. It is now expected to shift the production of Baleno to the new plant. However, Ignis is also likely to be made at Gurgaon plant.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis is 3,700mm long, 1,660mm wide and 1,595mm tall. It comes with 2,435mm long wheelbase. It will also feature 180mm high ground-clearance which is spot on for small dose of off-roading. Ignis, which will come packed with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.3-litre diesel unit under the hood, is expected to get a price tag starting at around Rs 5.5 lakh.

While the petrol engine is expected to churn out power output of 84bhp and 115Nmthe diesel mill is expected with 74bhp of power and 190Nm peak torque. Both the engines will be mated to the choice of manual and automatic transmission options. When launched, Ignis is expected to be a contender in the crossover segment and is also expected to pose challenges to the front-runners in the hatchback segment.