The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has been around for more than three decades now. The sports-utility vehicle is one of the cheapest 4X4 vehicles available in India. Maruti will soon replace the aging Gypsy with an all-new vehicle – Jimny.
The Jimny is an international model that is available in many European and Japanese markets. Mauti also showcased the third generation of the Jimny during the 2012 Auto Expo in India. According to a report in CNB, the next generation Jimny will be made in India and the car will replace the Gypsy from the lineup. The fourth-generation Jimny has spotted testing under heavy camouflage, and the car has been completely revealed through leaked pictures too.
What is it?
The next-generation Jimny will be based on the same platform that underpins the new Baleno and DZire. The car will make a global debut in late 2017 while the production in Maruti’s Sanand plant is likely to be kicked off from early 2018. This is the first time the fourth-generation Jimny has been spotted, and it looks very commanding with sharp, boxy design. It will get a 4X4 system similar to the current version of the Gypsy.
The leaked pictures show the two-door SUV with a hard-top. The round headlamps are integrated into the grille and give it a contemporary look. The car also gets flared wheel arches with plastic cladding. The fifth-generation Jimny also gets a full-size tail gate. The car retains the spare tyre location on the tail gate. The Jimny looks quite rugged from the pictures.
The interiors of the Jimny have been leaked too. The car gets modern equipment like a touchscreen infotainment system which is mounted on the dashboard in the same as the Maruti Ignis. The AC vents also look similar to the Ignis. The car will get front-facing second-row seats too.
The Jimny may get powered by 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine that also powers the Baleno RS. For the Jimny, the power may be re-tuned to 110 Bhp and 170 Nm. We may also see an extended wheelbase version of the car for the Indian market.
India is an export hub for Suzuki, and the new Jimny will be manufactured in India for various international markets. We may see a showcase of the vehicle at the Auto Expo 2018 and a launch following that.