Maruti Suzuki, the most loved car brand in India had been always considered as the mass market player. The massive popularity and stupendous sales rates on this Indo-Japanese car major came from its affordable, fuel efficient small car models, which ensured that the company undisputedly rules the Indian car market. However, time changed and more and more young Indian car buyers leaned towards more feature-rich, premium quality cars than the bare basic models. Being the market leader, Maruti Suzuki quickly sprang into action and started focusing on the more premium segments of the domestic Indian car market.
It is not that Maruti Suzuki never tried its hand in the premium segments earlier, but it had been always miserably disheartened by extremely poor sales. Premium models like the Kizashi, Vitara and SX4 all met with terrible market performance. However, Maruti Suzuki didn’t stop trying and has emerged finally victorious with its all new premium car models. Maruti Suzuki first tasted great success in the premium C-segment with its very capable Ciaz sedan. The Ciaz’s massive popularity seems to have encouraged Maruti to start a premium lineup which would be sold exclusively through the premium Nexa showrooms.
The first Nexa offering, the S-Cross premium crossover, hasn’t been such a stellar success although selling well, but then came in the massively successful Baleno premium hatchback. And now, Maruti is all braced up to launch the Ignis premium mini crossover, which is anticipated to be another instant hit in India.
Here, we are comparing two unlike rivals the Ignis and the popular Maruti Swift, which are not actually rivals, but cousins. One might think why compare the long successful Swift hatchback with the upcoming new Maruti Ignis? Certainly these are by no means direct competitors, but it is thought that the arrival of the Ignis mini crossover in India will dampen the popularity and sales rates of the highly popular Swift. Take a look at how these two Maruti Suzuki cars compare with each other?
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Vs Maruti Suzuki Swift:
The new upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ignis sub-compact crossover comes with a boxy design language along with the proportions of a compact hatchback which makes a potent hatchback rival. However, Suzuki has built the Ignis to actually offer SUV-like rough road capabilities while also making it an efficient city car. The Ignis is from no angle a boring looking boxy car, but is highly attractive with fresh and aggressive styling. Its high ground clearance makes it more efficient on the rough roads that can effectively offer occasional off-roading experiences. The Ignis’ cool looks are heightened by its aggressive face, projector headlights, LED DRLs, chrome radiator grille, well sculpted rear and attractive tail lights.
On the other hand, one of most popular cars in India and internationally well-accepted Swift is known for its sporty looks. It might not look so unique now, as it is so commonly seen everywhere on the Indian roads and that’s the cost of immense popularity. Nevertheless, the Maruti Swift compact hatchback is undoubtedly a good looking car and is still a class apart. The Swift’s very silhouette, large swept back headlights, stretched out taillights and sculpted bumpers have been winning the hearts of the Indian for many years.
The new Ignis will definitely have a better stance than the Swift.
The Ignis being a brand new premium car will definitely be endowed with a great quality and stylish cabin. The Ignis that is already selling in Japan and is soon to hit the European market alongside India, is a highly feature-rich vehicle. The Ignis boasts of many attractive and trending premium features including a floating infotainment system, climate control unit system, squared out AC vents, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and much more. The crossover might come to India with safety features of dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard.
On the other hand, the good old Swift boasts of an elegant looking spacious cabin. The car gets endowed with a premium looking V-Shaped centre console and classy brushed silver accents to offer a visual treat. It also gets dual tone fabric seats and offers a really airy feel. It also gets good features which include pushbutton start/stop, auto climate control, electric ORVMs, steering wheel mounted audio and phone controls, while safety features include dual airbags as well as ABS with EBD.
However, the Swift will be no match for the Ignis in terms of premium equipments.
The Ignis is likely to get powered by the same engine range that powers the Swift hatchback. This means the acclaimed Fiat sourced 1.3-liter diesel motor that offers 74 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque and is paired with a manual 5 speed transmission. The petrol would pack the familiar 1.2-liter unit that is good to pump out 83 bhp and 115 Nm and is mated to a 5 speed manual and a CVT transmission choice. Apart from these two engines, the Ignis is also expected to get the choice of the more powerful 1 liter BoosterJet petrol engine.
The Maruti Swift gets the above mentioned 1.2-liter petrol mill and the 1.3-liter diesel motor choices with the same power outputs.
As these two vehicles are of different body styles, they will definitely offer different driving experience as well. The Ignis would offer a better on-road performance as well as moderate off-road experience.
The Maruti Ignis is likely to get priced in the range of Rs. 5 lakhs – Rs. 8 lakhs, while the Maruti Swift has a price range of Rs. 4.71 lakhs to Rs. 7.44 lakhs (prices ex-showroom, New Delhi).
The Ignis certainly seems to be another great successful premium model from the house of Maruti Suzuki with great capabilities. Its impressive styling, SUV looks, high ground clearance, a host of creature comfort and safety features make it a clear winner when compared against the capable Swift. However, the Maruti Suzuki Swift is coming in its next generation avatar next year, which will be sportier and more premium to win over the car buyers all over again.