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Maruti showcases mini SUV Ignis, Baleno RS

The country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki today unveiled its concept compact car Ignis and concept Baleno RS, which will be exclusively retailed through Nexa, its premium retail channel, around October this year. Ignis is a mini SUV that will compete with Mahindra's recently launched KUV100.

Ignis was launched in Japan last month and will be introduced in the domestic market with suitable modifications. "Ignis is a smart urban vehicle for the compact car customer," said Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and chief executive officer of Maruti Suzuki. Ignis is likely to have both diesel and petrol variants with an engine capacity of 1,300 cc and 1,200 cc, respectively.

Baleno RS is a sporty version of the hatchback Baleno that was launched in October last year. "It will give customers the opportunity to experience the thrill of a performance car with the extravagance of a premium hatchback," the company said.