Suzuki will soon launch the all-new Jimny in the Japanese market. Spy pictures of the SUV have been circulating for a while. Now the brochure of the JDM-spec Suzuki Jimny and Jimny Sierra are out. The Jimny Sierra is the more rugged model of the Jimny and gets additional protective cladding around the wheel arches. The pictures show that the Jimny Sierra may get a different set of rims and fatter tyres.
The brochure also mentions features like projector headlamps, OVRM with turn indicators and a tailgate-mounted spare wheel. Both the models get black bumpers and JDM-specific features like a blindspot detection system. The brochure images also clearly reveal the cabin of the upcoming SUV. The dashboard gets the Suzuki’s SmartPlay infotainment system that can also be seen in cars like Maruti Swift, Dzire, Ciaz and more. It gets an automatic AC system and the knobs get an integrated LCD screen that shows the temperature. It is similar to what we saw on the all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift.
The all-new Jimny is based on the HEARTECT platform that also underpins the new Dzire, Swift and Baleno, in India. The lightweight platform reduces the weight of the SUV, which increases performance and fuel efficiency. It will only come in a 3-door variant with a hard top shell. The images show that the front-facing rear seats can be folded down completely to make space for extra luggage.
The JDM-spec engines will be different from the Indian ones. In India, the Jimny is expected to get the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine that also powers the Baleno RS in the Indian market. The car is also expected to get automatic transmission but the Jimny that makes it to India may not get it.
The Jimny will be launched in India but it is not expected any time soon. The ageing Maruti Gypsy will be replaced by the all-new Jimny in 2019, when the new stringent crash norms and safety norms are in place in India.