On August 2, 2017, Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest auto manufacturer, launched automatic variants of its premium hatchback Ignis with petrol and diesel engine options.
The car which has been launched in January 2017, has been doing fairly well with the sales hitting close to 4500 units a month on an average. The Indian arm of Japanese automaker has retailed 27,362 units of the Ignis till date with more than 70 per cent buyers opting for the petrol version. The numbers are impressive considering it’s a premium product in the market.
“Automatic Gear Shift (AGS) on the Ignis, so far offered in the Delta and Zeta trims, has been widely appreciated by customers and accounts for 27 percent of IGNIS sales. We are now offering AGS in the top trim as well – IGNIS Alpha.” – RS Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited
The new generation automatic gear shift (AGS) which is also seen on many other mass market cars is not the traditional automatic transmission (AMT). The Ignis, which is sold through the Nexa outlets, came with AGS options for two variants – Delta and Zeta trims, has been widely appreciated by customers and accounts for 27 percent of Ignis sales. The same is now extended to the top-end variant Alpha.
The company was the first automaker which debuted the famed AGS technology with its Celerio in the country. The two-pedal transmission system has made automatics more affordable in India, offering fuel efficiency at par with the manual transmission. Due to easy on maintenance and convenience, now, the automatic transmission installed vehicles are neck-and-neck with the manually driven cars in terms of mileage.
Ignis comes with the new five-speed AGS is mated with two engine options:
VVT Petrol engine (1.2L) delivering the power of 61kW @ 6000rpm with a torque of 113Nm @ 4200rpm.
NOTE: Ignis Alpha gets is loaded with various safety equipment including dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seats fitments.
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