India-bound Suzuki Jimny (Maruti Gypsy replacement) SUV: Fresh details, pictures & more

India-bound Suzuki Jimny (Maruti Gypsy replacement) SUV: Fresh details, pictures & more

Suzuki will stop producing the 3rd generation Jimny on the 24th of February, 2018, which means that the fourth generation model is just weeks away from being officially revealed at a major motor show. The 4th generation Jimny is India-bound, and will replace the Maruti Gypsy as the automaker’s entry level off roader. Here are fresh details and pictures of the all-new, 4th gen Jimny SUV.

Globally, the Jimny is expected to go on sale from the middle of 2018. India is expected to be a global production hub for this mini-SUV. However, exact details on when Maruti will start producing the 4th-gen Jimny here are not known for now. What we do know is that the Jimny will measure under 4 meters in length, will have 2 petrol engines on offer, and that a diesel engine is unlikely, at least at launch.

Both petrol engines that the new Jimny will come with – the 1.2 liter-4 cylinder K-Series naturally aspirated unit and the 1.0 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged, direct injection BoosterJet unit – are already built in India, and do duty on many cars. The new SUV uses a ladder frame chassis, just like the outgoing model and the Gypsy. It will have a part-time four wheel drive transfer case, again like the outgoing Jimny and Gypsy.

The SUV gets butch styling, which makes it look like a mini-version of the legendary Mercedes G-Wagen. Such clean lines are fast becoming extinct on modern cars and a lot of old-school off roaders will love the new Jimny’s classic, boxy looks. The new model will get wider, and expectedly, roomier. Suspension will also be strengthened for better off-road performance.

It will also feature a brand new dashboard, which while being minimal, will pack in twin airbags, and a touchscreen infotainment system. The SUV’s short wheelbase is expected to give it great off road ability.  A three door layout, with hard-top and soft-top options will be standard. International variants will also get an advanced emergency braking system.

A bigger version is in the works…

…and it’ll be called the Jimny Sierra. The Jimny Sierra will be the more practical of the two, with a five door layout and a longer wheelbase. However, the Jimny Sierra will also offer a 5 seat layout. Think Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models. The longer wheelbase model will only debut next year. Engine details are unknown for now.

Via BestCarWeb


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