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Maruti Ignis would be launching in India around March 2017 with the estimated price of Rs 5.00 lakh

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The Ignis marked Suzuki’s foray into the compact crossover segment that’s pretty much in vogue currently. Given the rising popularity of compact crossovers in Indian and other emerging markets, it isn’t surprising the Japanese carmaker is eyeing a share of the pie. Based on the iM-4 concept (that was previewed in Geneva earlier this year), the Ignis broke cover at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2015. With a length of just 3679mm, the Ignis is well under the four-metre mark meaning it will enjoy excise cuts if Suzuki launches it in India in future. If launched here, the Ignis could challenge compact crossovers like the Ford EcoSport, though Mahindra’s upcoming S101 will be a closer competitor given its dimensions.

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The design of the Suzuki Ignis is in keeping with current market trends as far as compact SUVs go, with a boxy shape, flared wheel arches, chrome accents and large wheels and it is being classified as a micro-SUV. Interiors on the Ignis are expected to be in sync with modern-day compact cars with a tablet-like touchscreen infotainment system and a two-tone finish as well.