Maruti Suzuki Jimny Set For India Launch
Maruti Suzuki has approved the Jimny for an India debut, and the facts were shared with dealers at a recent dealer conference. The Jimny has been speculated about debuting in India since it was shown at the 2020 Auto Expo, and as we previously reported, the India-spec Jimny would be a 5-door vehicle. Having said that, Maruti is yet to confirm a definite launch date for the Jimny in India.
Dimensionally, the 5-door Jimny is 300mm longer and has a 300mm wider wheelbase than the 3-door Jimny offered internationally. The SUV will feature a length of 3,850mm, a width of 1,645mm, a height of 1,730mm, and a wheelbase of 2,550mm. Notably, the Jimny will be less than 4 metres in length, similar to the Swift, with a somewhat larger wheelbase than the Vitara Brezza. The Jimny will also be the only SUV in this compact SUV class with a true 4×4 system.
The Maruti Suzuki Jimny will be driven by the carmaker’s iconic 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine, which will be paired with Maruti’s 12V SHVS mild-hybrid technology. This engine, which already powers cars such as the Vitara Brezza, Ciaz, Ertiga, and S-Cross, generates 102hp and 138Nm of peak torque. A 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox are also possibilities.
What’s worth noting here is that, although measuring less than 4 metres in length, the Jimny will not fall into the lower excise category in India due to its 1.5-litre petrol engine.
Maruti Suzuki has been domestically manufacturing 3-door left-hand drive Jimnys for export for about a year. However, according to reports, Maruti has recently begun domestic production of 3-door right-hand drive Jimny models for export. As a result, Maruti may introduce a three-door variant of the Jimny in India at a later date.
Given that the Maruti Suzuki Jimny will have four-wheel drive, anticipate it to be more expensive than the country’s current crop of compact SUVs. It will undoubtedly be a niche product, and while it has no direct competitors in terms of size, it will very probably encounter competition from the Mahindra Thar and the Force Gurkha.
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