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Maruti Ignis Vs Ritz

By Motor Trend Staff   |   19 November,2016

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 which means it will be priced on the premium side yet affordable than the Baleno. The car will be positioned as a replacement of Ritz, However, the Ritz had never been a popular car in our market and now has been discontinued, making way for the Ignis. Will Indians accept another tall boy car from Maruti at a premium price and what new can we expect this time is what this article is all about as we compare the upcoming Ignis with the outgoing Ritz.

Dimension and Styling

Both cars are of almost similar in size with raised height however it———s their styling which differentiates them from each other. The Ritz had a very subjective design especially from the back and was neither boxy nor curvy due to the mixed styling but the Ignis gets completely differentiated with its boxy looks with no curves and lines at all giving it a muscular look. The top model of Ignis will feature day time running LED headlamp, alloy wheels and other styling elements which will make it look modern and up market.

Dimension wise, the Ignis will be slightly smaller in size if compared to the Ritz. The Ritz stands at 3775mm in length with a width of 1680mm while the Ignis has length and width of 3700mm and 1660mm respectively. The Ignis is around 25mm shorter in height if compared to Ritz which has a height of 1620mm. The Ignis is likely to ride at a ground clearance of 180mm which will make it 10mm higher off the ground than the Ritz. The best part about Ignis will be its wheelbase of 2438mm which will be 72mm longer than the wheelbase of Ritz which will result in more legroom inside the cabin. Same as the Ritz, the Ignis will also ride on 14-inch alloy wheels.


Interior and features

As per the pricing and positioning of Ignis; expect it to be equipped with all premium comfort and safety features. It will share few features with Ritz such as electric power steering, A.C, MID, central locking, front fog lamps, electrically adjustable ORVMs, front fog lamps, rear de-fogger, wiper, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted control, power windows, ABS with EBD and front dual airbags. Apart from these the Ignis will also offer touchscreen infotainment system, push button start, electric foldable ORVMs, auto climate control, rear parking camera etc. Overall, the Ignis will be an advanced feature equipped car which will surely have an advantage over the Ritz. As far as space is concerned, expect an upright sitting position in Ignis same as Ritz and thanks to the longer wheelbase, the Ignis will give you more leg and head room with smart overall packaging inside.


Engine

The Ignis will be available in petrol as well as diesel engine and it will share its engine line-up with the Ritz. This includes a 1.2L, K-series petrol engine with a power and torque output of 83bhp@6000rpm and 115Nm@4000rpm respectively. The second unit will be the 1.3L Fiat sourced Multijet engine diesel engine which churns out a peak power of 74bhp@4000rpm with an utmost torque output of 190Nm@2000rpm. The Ritz offers both engines with 5-speed manual gearbox and you could also choose its petrol engine with a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The Ignis will also come standard with 5-speed manual gearbox but it will also have a choice of AMT gearboxes with both 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. Expect Ignis to be more fuel efficient than Ritz which has a claimed mileage of 23.2km/ltr for its diesel engine.


Verdict

The pricing for the Ritz starts from INR 4.31lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi) and the Ignis is expected to be priced slightly higher over Ritz. At almost similar price, the Ignis is surely a better product than Ritz as it looks smart, offers more space and features and most importantly it will be available with AMT gearbox in both versions. The tried and tested petrol and diesel engine are capable of offering good performance without compromising on fuel efficiency and that has worked really well for the company till now and expect Ignis to be no different.

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