The Suzuki Jimny has been around for a long time in the international market. Maruti Suzuki had stated earlier that Jimny would be introduced to the Indian market. The company thinks that a 5-door Jimny suits better for the Indian market rather than the 3-door Jimny which is present in other markets. The Indian bound car was spotted testing in Europe. We now have some fresh details about the Jimny.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny: Engine and gearbox
The Jimny will be equipped with Suzuki’s 1.5L K15B petrol engine which is seen in most of the Indian Suzuki’s. The engine produces 102Bhp of power and 130Nm of torque. However, we still are not sure if the engine gets the mild hybrid treatment from Maruti. It will get a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Will Maruti Suzuki Jimny Beat Mahindra Thar In Dimensions?
|Dimensions||Maruti Suzuki Jimny|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||2550|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||1190|
The Jimny 5-door is slightly different in length and wheelbase compared to its 3-door counterpart. The 5-door Jimny will be based on the Jimny Sierra which was showcased earlier in India. The Jimny is just under 4m in length. Compared to the 3-door Jimny it is 300m longer lengthwise and wheelbase. It seems to have a decent ground clearance of 210mm, which should be sufficient for a mid-sized SUV. It weighs 1190kg, 100Kg more than the 3-door version.
What else do we know?
The company is expected to give the 3-door Jimny a facelift with a mild update like cosmetic tweaks which will also be seen in the 5-door. The company is planning to launch the 5-door version by the end of 2021 or next year. The car doesn’t have a direct competitor in our market. However, it goes up against the Mahindra Thar, the upcoming Force Gurkha SUV. The Jimny price might overlap with some top variants of Maruti Brezza. But the car will be launched under the Nexa chain of Maruti.
The Jimny is just under the 4m length category but doesn’t fall in the lower exercise category in India. This is because Maruti has decided to go with the 1.5L engine, this bumps up the price a bit. However, if there is another 1.2L engine option for the Jimny, it falls under the lower exercise category. And if the car is produced locally which reduces the price drastically attracting more customers.