The all-new 4th generation Suzuki Jimny off-roader has gone on sale in Japan. Soon, the Japanese automaker will introduce the sub-4 meter SUV in multiple international markets. For the Indian market, only the more practical, five-door extended wheelbase version of the new Jimny is likely, and this is what Maruti Suzuki’s engineering head, CV Raman, noted in a recent interview. However, it now turns out that the five-door, extended wheelbase version of the Suzuki Jimny will be delayed as the Japanese automaker grapples with high demand for the current, short wheelbase-three-door version.
What this indicates is that the Indian launch for the 2018 Suzuki Jimny long-wheelbase version could be delayed to a timeline well past 2020. Moreover, Maruti Suzuki is yet to confirm plans of building the new Jimny in India, as a replacement to the Maruti Gypsy, which is set to go out of production sometime next year as the SUV is unlikely to be made compliant with the new Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP). The stricter BNVSAP safety regulations kick in from October 2019, which will see many old cars in India going out of production, particularly in cases where there is low demand.
The current, 2018 Suzuki Jimny continues to operate on a rugged, body-on-ladder chassis. There is independent suspension on all four wheels, giving the off-roader great manners both on and off-the-road. The engines on the SUV include a Japanese market-only 660-cc, triple cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, and a larger, more powerful international petrol engine that displaces 1.5 litres. The 1.5 litre K-Series petrol engine produces 106 PS-138 Nm, and gets 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox options. The Jimny gets a four-wheel drive transfer case with low and high ratios. A more rugged Sierra variant is also on offer.