It looks like Maruti Suzuki has finally decided to launch the Jimny in India. As per earlier reports CV Raman, engineering head of Maruti Suzuki clearly said that there are no plans to launch the Jimny in India. However, as per new reports, the upcoming Jimny has been codenamed YWD internally. A 5-door version of the Jimny will be launched in India by July 2022. Maruti Suzuki has finalized the drawings and they have also sent the quotation request to their suppliers.
So, how come Maruti Suzuki decided to produce a specific 5-door version for India? Well, the CV Raman said that they will be closely watching the 2020 Thar. If that sells well and the segment shows promise then only they might go ahead and invest in the Jimny. He also said that the investment for the Jimny is too high and the returns are low as the three-door vehicles are too niche for the Indian market. However, the sales of the 2020 Thar are excellent and it looks like that they convinced the manufacturer to go ahead with the Jimny project. But the Jimny is a three-door and has much smaller dimensions when compared to the 2020 Thar. This would have hampered the practicality and usability of the SUV in a very negative way. We assume that Maruti Suzuki will not be increasing the width and the height of the SUV because this will cost them a lot of money as it would require changes to the platform.
Instead, what they might do is just increase the length of the platform which will help in accommodating the rear doors and will also increase the rear legroom. So, four occupants would be able to travel in the Jimny fairly comfortably. The 3-door Jimny measures 3550 mm in length, 1645 mm in width and has a height of 1730 mm. The wheelbase of the SUV is 2250 mm. Maruti Suzuki will be increasing the length of the SUV to upto 3995 mm. Due to which the length will stay under 4 metres and they would be able to take tax advantages. However, with the increase in length, the wheelbase will also increase about which we currently don’t have any information.
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The SUV will be powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that we have seen on other Maruti Suzuki vehicles such as Ciaz, S-Cross, Vitara Brezza etc. The engine produces 102 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 138 Nm. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Being an off-roader, it will get a 4×4 drivetrain with a low-range transfer case. Currently, there are 1,200 to 1,500 units of 3-door Jimny being produced at the Haryana plant of Maruti Suzuki. They are producing the vehicle only for exports as the Jimny is in huge demand in international markets and the manufacturer is not able to fulfil the demands. Once launched, Maruti Suzuki Jimny will be competing against the Mahindra Thar and the upcoming Force Gurkha but the Jimny will carry the benefit of trust that is associated with Maruti Suzuki. The other benefits will be a proper 5-door SUV and a lower price tag.
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