The Euro NCAP has released results of latest round of crash tests for 2016 and Maruti’s most anticipated launch Ignis scored 3 stars in crash tests. Though the model tested was European spec trim which was packed with four airbags and Indian version is unlikely to get more than two airbags. The optional safety pack variant scored full five stars thanks to six airbags up its sleeve. Beside Ignis slew of new cars were also tested like Hyundai Ioniq, Audi Q2 and SsangYong Tivoli.
The Maruti has kept eagerly waiting for Ignis launch in India though it is expected to end in February 2017. Since Safety laws aren’t strict yet so several carmakers refrain from endowing their vehicles from even basic safety equipments which result in fatalities in road accidents.
The 3-star base variant of Ignis had 4 airbags and ABS as standard along with air cut off switch, seat belt pre-tensioner with load limiter, Isofix child seat mounting at rear and seat belt reminder. The top spec trim comes with dual camera brake support (DCBS) including stereo camera on each side the outer rear view mirrors. It also has lane assist system, pedestrian safety system, radar assisted braking and emergency braking for city speeds.
The report released by the NCAP, in the case of adult occupants states that “The passenger compartment of the Ignis remained stable in the offset deformable frontal impact test. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. Suzuki showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and those sat in different positions. Compression of the driver dummy’s chest indicated weak protection of this part of the body and injury parameters for the lower legs revealed marginal protection”
The Ignis Micro SUV measures 3679mm in length, 1579mm in width and 1478 in height. It comes with a wheelbase and ground clearance of 2435 mm and 180 mm respectively. While 133 liters of boot space might feels a bit less but you can further expand it up to 415 liters by folding the second row seats.
The Micro SUV will be launched in both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol houses a 1.2l K series engine while diesel might feature familiar 1.3l DDis mill. It will be available with manual as well as CVT gearbox. It will be slotted below Vitara Brezza and expected to carry an introductory price of Rs. 5-6 lakh (ex-showroom).