While the official launch and deliveries of the Maruti Suzuki Jimny are yet to begin, the anticipation and urge to drive it on open roads and off-road terrains have reached an all-time high. People are finding chances to drive it and get hands-on experience with the Jimny. A YouTuber who owns a channel called ‘SQV’ grabbed an opportunity to drive a brand-new Jimny five-door on open highways and off-road terrains to find out how it feels to drive.
In one of his videos, SQV gives a comprehensive first-drive report of a new Maruti Suzuki Jimny, which seems like a display model parked in the stockyard of a dealership. The presenter explains all the exterior and interior features and design elements that we have already talked about. However, what is new here is that the presenter takes the Jimny out on the open road and off-road terrains to explain how the Jimny feels like driving in both environments, which is something not seen before.
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Starts driving on highway
The presenter starts his drive in the Jimny on a highway, where he feels impressed with the refinement and power delivery of the engine. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder K15B petrol engine powering the Jimny has remained the choice of powertrain for other models of Maruti Suzuki, like the Vitara Brezza, S-Cross, Ertiga, and Ciaz. Known for its smoothness and fuel efficiency, the 1.5-litre petrol engine offers good performance in the Jimny as well, considering its compact size.
The presenter then addresses another area of query which many people have – the body roll at higher speeds. The Jimny is a tall and boxy SUV with high ground clearance, but despite these factors, it remains stable at higher speeds and shows good high-speed driving mannerisms. However, it is still not as dynamic to push around the corners with as much ease as one would have done in a sedan or a hatchback.
The presenter then takes the Jimny on an off-road terrain where he drives the SUV over undulations and uneven surfaces. Despite the increase in wheelbase in this five-door version, the Jimny glides over those surfaces with ease. The Jimny has class-leading approach and departure angles, which help it crawl over uneven surfaces without any difficulties. The Suzuki AllGrip four-wheel drive technology offered in the Jimny as standard works flawlessly in this drive.
The Maruti Suzuki Jimny is said to arrive officially sometime in May-June 2023 and will be offered in two variants – Zeta and Alpha. Both these variants will come with the 1.5-litre petrol engine and AllGrip four-wheel-drive system as standard and will be offered with the choices of 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions.
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