The lifestyle off-roader, Jimny, from Maruti Suzuki India Limited, the country’s largest carmaker, can be crowned as the most anticipated model of this year. The SUV was officially showcased for the first time at the 2023 Auto Expo in January, and ever since then, its launch has been highly anticipated. Every passing day brings forth new information about this SUV. Recently, another important piece of information about this SUV has come to light regarding the mileage. It has been reported that the Jimny’s ARAI certified mileage will be 16.94 kmpl (manual) and 16.39 kmpl (automatic).
According to the reports, the five-door Jimny, which will be powered by the brand’s tried and tested K15B 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine, will offer a mileage of 16.94 kmpl with a five-speed manual transmission. Furthermore, the four-speed automatic transmission model will provide a mileage of 16.39 kmpl, as stated in the report. The figures may not seem impressive when compared to other Maruti Suzuki cars, but it is important to keep in mind that the Jimny is a true off-roader and will be offered with all the capabilities needed to drive this SUV through uncharted terrains.
When compared to the current most popular off-roader, the Mahindra Thar, which provides an ARAI claimed mileage of 15.2 kmpl with the diesel manual variant and 9 kmpl with its diesel automatic variant, the Jimny’s figures seem justified. Additionally, when comparing apples to apples, the Jimny still shines in comparison with the petrol variants of the Mahindra Thar as well. The claimed ARAI mileage ratings of the Thar petrol variants are 15.2 kmpl for both the manual and automatic variants. Meanwhile, when compared to another dedicated lifestyle off-roader in the country, the Force Gurkha, the Jimny also outshines it. The Force Gurkha, which is only offered with a diesel manual powertrain, offers a mileage of 12.4 kmpl.
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As mentioned, the Jimny will feature a 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated K15B petrol engine, producing a maximum power output of 105 PS and a maximum torque output of 138 Nm. The engine comes with two transmission choices: a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic. The India-spec Jimny will come with Suzuki’s famed AllGrip four-wheel-drive system, which includes a manual transfer case and a low-range gearbox.
While prices have yet to be announced, the new Maruti Suzuki Jimny is expected to be priced between Rs 10-14 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and will be a more compact and affordable alternative to off-roaders like the Mahindra Thar and the Force Gurkha.
The new Jimny will feature Suzuki’s AllGrip four-wheel-drive system as a standard feature and will be offered in two variants: Zeta and Alpha. Once launched, it will compete with the Mahindra Thar in the Indian market. This model will be exclusively available in a five-door variant, making India the first market to receive it. Basic safety features like dual airbags will be standard across all variants. The all-new Jimny is being marketed as an off-road vehicle and has received an overwhelming response, with bookings reaching close to 25,000. The upcoming Maruti Suzuki Jimny has already generated massive interest.
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