The new Maruti Suzuki Ignis has been previewed in India ahead of its launch there on January 13, with the order books opening on January 1. The small, quirky runabout, which slots in under the Swift in Suzuki’s lineup, will be sold at Maruti’s “premium” NEXA outlets, which also retails the Baleno and SX-4. Prices are estimated at INR 4.5 lakh (RM29,700).

Targeted at millennials, the Ignis certainly cuts a striking figure, with a mask-like front end accentuated by large projector headlights and U-shaped LED daytime running lights. The wraparound windscreen is also unique, while the rear end features a dramatically truncated rear end; the same design can also be found on the new Alto. Three slots in the C-pillar recall the Giugiaro-designed Fronte Coupé from the 1970s.

The interior is also fairly eccentric, with a large floating tablet-like display dominating a rather minimalist interior with carbon fibre-esque textures and body colour-coded trim. Available is a MirrorLink-compatible infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, along with keyless entry, push-button start and auto air-con. Dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat anchors are standard across the range.

Engine options have been carried over from the Swift sold in India, and includes 1.2 litre petrol that develops 83 hp at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm at 4,000 rpm, as well as a 1.3 litre DDiS turbodiesel that pushes out 74 hp at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm at 2,000 rpm. Both engines are available with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed Auto Gear Shift (AGS) automated manual transmission.

Paves the way for a Proton-badged model, perhaps? One can only hope…

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