India-bound, production-spec Suzuki Jimny pictures leaked before launch; To replace Maruti Gypsy

India-bound, production-spec Suzuki Jimny pictures leaked before launch; To replace Maruti Gypsy

The Suzuki Jimny is a much-awaited SUV in the Indian market. Suzuki will launch the fourth-generation Jimny in July. The cars have already started rolling out in the Japanese market and the car has been spotted at a dealer stockyard in Japan. The latest set of spy pictures reveal the car completely, including the interiors.

The all-new Jimny is based on an all-new platform but will retain the body-on-frame layout. The new Jimny is longer than the outgoing version, which is not sold in the Indian market. The off-roading SUV will be first launched in the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) and the international launches will follow soon. In India, however, the car is expected to reach only in late 2019.

The latest set of spy pictures reveal the new dashboard of the car. It gets a floating type infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The driver console is housed in a unique way and the speedometer and the tachometer get separate housings. There is also a driver-information display (DID) that takes up the space between the two analogue meters.

The steering wheel gets various buttons to control the DID. Below the infotainment screen, the car gets two AC vents and round knobs to control the AC and other things. Just below that, there are Maruti-Suzuki inspired aeroplane cockpit style buttons. The co-driver gets a handle mounted on the dashboard that is positioned just above the glove box. The layout of the fascia is reminiscent of the other new-age Suzuki models like the Swift and the Ignis.

The Jimny will replace the ageing Maruti Gypsy from the line-up. It will get ABS and airbags, unlike the Maruti Gypsy in India. The stricter safety norms will kick-in in the Indian market in 2020 and that is when the new Jimny is expected to replace the Gypsy from the Indian line-up of Maruti Suzuki.

The new Jimny is powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that also powers the Baleno RS in the Indian market. The engine develops a maximum power of 100 Bhp and 170 Nm of peak torque. The new model is expected to remain a petrol-only SUV. It will get a 5-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed torque converter. The SUV will also get Suzuki’s AllGrip 4X4 drive system with a two-stage reducer. It will continue to be a potent off-roader just like the current version of the car.

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