Jimny is one of the most anticipated products from Maruti in India. Maruti Suzuki has been manufacturing the 3-door Jimny in India for export markets but, they are yet to launch this SUV in India. Maruti is currently working on the 5-door version of Jimny for Indian market and we have seen several test mules of the upcoming SUV lately. The SUV is most likely to be launched in Indian market next year. We might get a glimpse of this SUV at the upcoming Auto Expo next year. According to reports, the 5-door Jimny is expected to use the older K15B petrol engine that powers the 3-door version.
The K15B petrol engine was used in multiple Maruti models in India. The manufacturer recently replaced these engine with much more advanced K15 DualJet engine in almost all the models. It was anticipated that Maruti might be offering the same K15C engine in the upcoming 5-door Jimny too. However, it looks like the manufacturer had planned it otherwise. The upcoming 5-door Jimny will use the same 1,462 cc, four cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine that generates 102 Ps and 130 Nm of peak torque. This engine will be available with a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission.
Yes, you read that right. The newly introduced 6-speed automatic transmission is only available with K15C series engine. As Jimny 5-door is an off-road SUV, it would be offered with Suzuki’s AllGrip Pro 4WD system. Both manual and automatic versions would be offered with AllGrip feature. The K15B engine in the Jimny would be available with mild hybrid system that would help in increasing the overall fuel efficiency of the SUV when compared to competitors. Currently only Maruti Ciaz uses the K15B petrol engine in India. Outside India, many Suzuki models including the Ertiga still use the same engine.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door SUV’s AllGrip 4WD system comes with a proper low ratio transfer case. Unlike the AllGrip feature seen on recently launched Grand Vitara, this is more suited for off-roading. When launched, Jimny would be the only 4×4 vehicle sold by the manufacturer in India. The SUV will compete with SUVs like Mahindra Thar in the segment. It should be noted that Mahindra is also working on a more practical five door version of Thar, which is a popular SUV in the market.
In terms of design, Maruti Suzuki is not likely to make many changes. It will retains its boxy design and would come with round headlamps, alloy wheels and spare wheel mounted on the tailgate. The 5 door Jimny would come with same looking interiors as the 3-door version. It would get a sporty looking steering wheel with audio controls and buttons for cruise control. It would get fabric seat covers and will offer a touchscreen infotainment system that we see in other Maruti cars. It will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car would also automatic climate controlwith higher variants and it might also come with a 360 degree camera which has become a common feature in many new Maruti models.