Maruti Suzuki launched the Ignis back in 2017, and due to its unique and retro styling, it was aimed towards younger buyers. Now some new images have surfaced online, and they seem to be of the international-spec Ignis facelift. The design is likely to make it to the India-spec Ignis facelift that is expected to be launched by mid-2020.
From these images, we can see that the Ignis facelift sports a new grille design similar to the one seen on the S-Presso, as well as a new front and rear bumper design. We can also see that both the bumpers get faux scuff plates. The rest of the styling, however, seems very similar to the current model, including the side profile, where the wheels, headlights, and tail-lights all appear to be carried over.
In terms of engines, the updated hatchback is expected to use the same BS6 version of the 1.2-litre petrol engine, currently seen in the Swift and Baleno. In the Swift, the 1.2-litre, four-cylinder engine produces 83hp and 113Nm of torque, but in the transition to BS6, it did see a marginal drop in fuel efficiency. Coming to gearbox options, the engine will be offered with a 5-speed manual and an AMT automatic unit.
Although the interiors are not visible in these images, the facelift is likely to feature the same interiors as the updated Ignis which saw the addition of the SmartPlay Studio infotainment and was launched earlier this year.
In the Indian market, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis rivals the likes of the Ford Freestyle and the Mahindra KUV100 NXT.