After many speculations regarding the launch of Suzuki Ignis in our market now it is confirmed that the car will be launched early next year in our market. When launched the Ignis will be sold through the NEXA dealerships of Maruti and will be placed below the premium NEXA offering Baleno. The car will be positioned as an affordable sub-four meter SUV thanks to its rugged styling and boxy shape which will make it second offering from Maruti in the segment of compact SUVs after the Brezza.
This positioning will confuse the buyers whether to go for the top variants of the Ignis or the base and mid variants of Vitara Brezza which is currently the largest selling SUV in our market. The long waiting list of Brezza could end up directing few buyers towards the affordable Ignis. Which one is worth going for? Let us jump on to facts and figures to find out.
Dimensions and Styling
Both cars will be of hatchback size however it is their styling which differentiates them from each other and brings under the same category. The Brezza is already quite popular due to its typical SUV body lines which have been the biggest reason behind its success whereas the Ignis will be boxy in size with full size body panels, roof rails, tall height etc which will bring the SUV stance to this car. The top model of Ignis will also feature day time running LED headlamp, alloy wheels and other styling elements which will make it look modern and up market.
Dimension wise, the Brezza is bigger of the two with its length and width of 3995mm and 1790mm while the Ignis is of a hatchback size with a length and width of 3700mm and 1660mm respectively. The Brezza with a height of 1640mm is around 45mm taller than the Ignis while the stance becomes even higher thanks to the high ground clearance of 198mm of Brezza. This is still not sure what will be the ground clearance of Ignis because the positioning demands higher ground clearance keeping the fact in mind that it will ride on 14-inch wheels.
The Brezza on the other comes standard with 15-inch wheels while the top variants get 16-inch alloy wheels. Because of the longer length, the Brezza will also have a longer wheelbase of 2500mm which will be around 62mm longer than the wheelbase of Ignis. The Brezza weighs around 1170kg and the Ignis is also expected to be same in terms of weight.
Interior and features
As per the pricing and positioning of both cars expect the base and mid variant of Brezza to rival with the top variant of Ignis which means there are certain premium features which will only be available in Ignis. Still there will be many features which both the cars will share such as electric power steering, A.C, MID, central locking, front fog lamps, internally adjustable ORVMs, rear parking sensors, audio system, power windows.
The Ignis will also offer touchscreen infotainment system with audio controls on steering wheel, push button start, electric foldable ORVMs, front fog lamps, rear de-fogger, wiper, alloy wheels, auto climate control, rear parking camera etc. The Brezza also comes with optional safety pack which includes ABS and front dual airbags for base variant as well which will be a common feature with Ignis which will have these as standard features in its top variant. Overall, the Brezza will fall short of Ignis in terms of features and that will be a big advantage in favor of Ignis.
As far as space is concerned, expect an upright sitting position in both cars and the smart packing in both vehicles will give you enough leg and head room while there will be slightly more rear leg and shoulder room in Brezza due to additional length and width.
The Ignis will be available in petrol as well as diesel engine while the Brezza is only offered in diesel version. The Ignis will share its engine line up with Swift which includes 1.2L, K-series petrol engine with a power and torque output of 83bhp@6000rpm and 115Nm@4000rpm respectively. The 1.3L diesel engine will be the same Fiat sourced Multijet engine which is also powering the Brezza however in a more powerful state. The Ignis will churn out a peak power of 74bhp while the Brezza will pump out a peak power of 89bhp@4000rpm. There will be slight difference in terms of torque output as well. The Ignis will have a torque output of 190Nm@2000rpm while the Brezza will offer 10Nm more torque at 1750rpm. The Brezza comes only with a 5-speed manual gearbox while the Ignis will come standard with 5-speed manual gearbox for its diesel as well as petrol engine but it will also be available with 5-speed AMT gearboxes for both of its engines.
This will be the biggest USP of Ignis as it will be the only car in India to be available with AMT gearboxes with both petrol and diesel engines. The claimed mileage of Brezza is 24.3km/ltr and the Ignis is expected to be more fuel efficient than the Brezza.
The choices are pretty clear; if your focus is only on petrol engine then the Ignis will be your only choice but if it is about diesel engine than here is our choice. Keeping the pricing in mind, it will be very important for the buyer to decide whether to go for the manual or AMT diesel engine because if ease of driving is your priority then the Ignis again is the only option but if it has to be chosen between the manual gearboxes then one can decide to go for the bigger and more spacious Brezza which also happens to be more powerful. There is not going to be much price difference between the top variant of manual diesel Ignis and Brezza mid variant so why not buy the bigger car. The mid variant of Brezza is decently feature equipped with optional safety features and offers you more space, better looks and powerful engine.
Words- Sunil Kumar