The Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) has been on a roll recently, testing out several Indian cars to spectacularly bad results, like the Maruti Suzuki Alto, Tata Nano, Hyundai i10 and more. The Volkswagen Polo and Ford Figo are among the few cars that have fared well with the tests, and now another model has been added to the list: the India-bound 2017 Suzuki Ignis. The subcompact crossover SUV received a 3-star rating in the latest NCAP crash test, and with the base version no less. That is quite a result, and it shows how much Maruti Suzuki has progressed in terms of safety.
The Ignis has been an eagerly-awaited model from the Maruti stable, ever since it was first unveiled in the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi, as well as the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The SUV was set to launch during the 2016 festive season, but Maruti decided to postpone as it is already facing production crunches with the Baleno and Vitara Brezza. The latest word on the street was that the Maruti Suzuki Ignis would launch in India somewhere between January and March 2017. It is going to be quite a wait, especially since the Ignis is already available in Japan. The India-bound model however will be different in certain ways and missing some features present in the international-spec Ignis. Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza bags over 1.72 lakh bookings
While the NCAP test results are not perfect, it is good to know that the Indian model has not been stripped entirely in terms of safety features. The base model that was tested got four airbags and ABS, which is a huge plus point. In comparison, the Volkswagen Polo gets just two front airbags and it is considered among the safer cars available in India, although it is not an SUV or a competitor in any way to the Ignis. Other than the ABS and airbags, the base Ignis also gets ISOFIX child safety seat mounting points, seat belt load limiter, front passenger airbag cut-off and seat belt pretensioner, among others.
The NCAP report stated that the passenger compartment was stable throughout the test, with good knee and femur protection for the front passenger and driver. However, chest protection was low for the driver, and lower body protection was also less than ideal. The Ignis scored full marks in its side crash tests. NCAP also ran a test on the Ignis with an optional ‘Dual Camera Brake Support’ safety pack, and the results were five perfect stars. The top-end version, together with the safety pack, includes a pedestrian safety system, lane assist, radar-assisted highway braking and emergency braking in city speeds. That is a very comprehensive and impressive list of features.
So, it’s safe to say that the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Ignis will be among the safer sub-compact crossovers available in the market. Style-wise, expect to see projector headlights, LED daytime running lights and more. In terms of creature comforts, the Ignis will come with automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a SmartPlay infotainment system, among others. Mechanically, it will feature a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel unit and a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine that deliver 73.9 bhp and 84 bhp of power, respectively, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox or an AMT.