Maruti Suzuki Jimny’s India launch timeline revealed

The Suzuki Jimny created a lot of hype around it when it was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. People started asking when the Jimny will be out for India. Well, at first the engineering head of Maruti Suzuki, CV Raman clearly said that as of now there were no plans to launch the Jimny in India. However, then a couple of spy shots appeared on the internet of a Jimny with a long wheelbase. Now, according to the latest media reports, the 5-door Jimny can be launched by the end of 2021 or in early 2022. While the Jimny can go on sale in the market by July 2022.

Earlier, a leaked document also revealed the specifications of the 5-door Jimny. It clearly stated that the 5-door Jimny will measure 3,850 mm in length. For reference, the 3-door Jimny measures 3,550 mm. The width of the 5-door Jimny will be 1,645 mm, height will be 1,730 mm and the ground clearance will be 210 mm. All these measurements are the same as the 3-door Jimny.

The biggest change that Suzuki has done is increase the wheelbase of the Jimny by a good 300 mm. This has been done to liberate cabin space and add two rear doors that should make ingress and egress quite easy when compared to a three-door Jimny. So, the 5-door Jimny’s wheelbase measures 2,550 mm as compared to 3-door Jimny’s wheelbase which is 2,250 mm.

The weight of the 5-door Jimny has also gone up by 100 kgs. The 3-door Jimny weighs 1,090 kgs whereas the 5-door Jimny tips the scale at 1,190 kgs. The 5-door version of the Jimny has been codenamed YWD internally. The manufacturer has already sent the quotation request and the finalized drawings to their suppliers.

Powering the 5-door Jimny will be the same 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated K15B petrol engine. The engine generates 102 PS of max power and 130 Nm. It will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. We have already seen this engine and gearbox combo doing duty on various vehicles that are on sale in our market. The XL6, S-Cross, Vitara Brezza, Ertiga and the Ciaz are using the same combo. In India, this engine transfers the power to only the front wheels whereas for the Jimny it will be transferring the power to all four wheels. However, the lower variants of the Jimny are still expected to come as front-wheel drive configurations only to keep the prices and cost of production low.

The design language will stay the same as the three-door Jimny. So, at the front, there will be circular projector headlamps, vertical slat frill and rugged bumper with fog lamps. At the side profile, you will see the same 15-inch alloy wheels but a longer rear quarter window so that the rear occupants do not feel claustrophobic. There are some prominent wheel arches too. At the rear, there is a boot-mounted spare wheel, rectangular tail lamps placed in the bumper and an upright tailgate. The overall design of the Jimny is very boxy and functional.