Maruti Suzuki has announced that the marketing plan for the Jimny 4X4 is being solidified ahead of the SUV’s launch in early 2023. Meanwhile, a Suzuki Jimny 4X4 has been spotted on Mumbai roads. Don’t get too excited, though, as the Jimny spotted in Mumbai was a private import from Dubai, the country where the SUV was sold.
The Jimny that will go on sale in India will have a right-hand drive panel layout and will be built at one of the many factories that Maruti Suzuki operates here. Notably, a long-wheelbase version of the Jimny was spotted testing overseas. It remains to be seen whether Maruti Suzuki offers a 5-door, long-wheelbase version or chooses to use a 3-door, short-wheelbase version. In India, Jimny is expected to be sold as a Gypsy alternative.
Mechanically, the Indian version of Jimny is expected to use a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder K15C petrol engine, mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. A four-wheel drive case may be the standard fare. In India, Jimny will go up against Mahindra Thar – available with petrol and turbo diesel engines – and Force Gurkha – sold with turbo diesel.
Jimny is one size smaller than Gurkha and Thar, and is expected to be priced quite competitively. While the Gypsy version – despite the very limited quantity it is used for sale – costs around Rs. 60,000 before production is discontinued, Jimny is likely to sit closer to Rs. 10 thousand. Jimny is a few generations ahead of the gang in every way, and the high prices must reflect that.
Jimny – like the gypsy – will sit on a laddered chassis which should give it excellent off-road and off-road performance. The short wheelbase, light weight and four-wheel layout with high and low ranges make the ‘mountain goat’ no less than a gypsy. However, where will the Jimny be different in terms of on-road comfort, creature comforts, and safety features it offers on the road.
Six airbags (thanks to the latest Government authorization), ABS + EBD, ESP, hill descent control and hill descent control are the various safety features that Jimny special in India will likely equip. Independent suspension on all four wheels. going to the leaf springs on the Gypsy will make Jimny more usable as an everyday car. A touchscreen infotainment unit with Bluetooth connectivity, satellite navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will make the new 4X4 SUV an engaging daily drive.
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