Finally, something seems to be moving as far as the Suzuki Jimny off-road SUV is concerned. Maruti Suzuki is all set to showcase this sub-4 meter off-roader at the upcoming 2020 Indian Auto Expo, which kicks off on the 5th of February. While Maruti Suzuki will showcase the Jimny at its pavilion in the Auto Expo, ACI reports that there’s no indication of the SUV being green-lit for launch in India.
Currently, the Suzuki Jimny is built in Japan, and is exported to many countries around the world, including Pakistan. Yes, Pakistan gets the new Suzuki Jimny but Maruti Suzuki has yet to confirm the vehicle for the Indian market. The Jimny could be a great replacement to the Maruti Gypsy, which was recently discontinued for the civilian market. Currently, the Gypsy is made-to-specific-order for the Indian Army.
Coming back to the Jimny, the sub-4 meter off roader has won praise all around the world for its excellent off road ability. The four seat SUV sits on a rugged, body-on-ladder frame and is rear wheel driven. There’s a part-time four wheel drive mode on offer as standard, and the SUV gets both 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox options.
Notably, the Jimny sold in Japan gets the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated K-Series petrol engine paired to the 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic gearboxes. The same engine-gearbox combination is offered on three Maruti Suzuki cars sold in India – the Ciaz sedan, the Ertiga MPV and the XL6 premium MPV. Soon, this engine and gearbox combination will find its way into the Maruti Brezza Facelift and the S-Cross.
The Jimny sold in Japan is also available with a 660cc, triple cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which is specifically meant for the Japanese market to help the SUV qualify the ‘Kei’ car norms. In terms of safety, there are twin airbags, traction control, ABS, hill hold assist and cruise control on offer with the latest, 4th generation Suzuki Jimny. The SUV offers smart but spartan interiors, and one key highlight is the touchscreen infotainment system that runs the Suzuki SmartPlay interface, offering both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
But where does India fit in?
While Suzuki has plans of building a 5 door version of the Jimny, with an extended wheelbase and seating for five adults, the exact timeline for the new model has yet to be announced. Such a vehicle could be apt for the Indian market, which values practicality. Suzuki’s Gujarat facility, which is orientated towards exports, could be well placed to build such a vehicle, both for the Indian market, and the export market. Will this business case finally bring the Jimny to India? Well, we’ll try to bring you an answer straight from the Auto Expo pavilion of Maruti Suzuki. Watch this space.