Maruti Suzuki could launch 5-door Jimny in India, but not before 2020

Team OD Updated: November 04, 2019, 11:49 AM IST

According to a report on the internet, the India launch of the Suzuki Jimny is not high on the list of Maruti Suzuki's priorities presently. The company has its hands full with upgrading its current cars to comply with BS-VI emission and Bharat NCAP emission norms. The carmaker also doesn't think the three-door version makes good business sense for India and is more keen on launching the five-door version when that variant makes its debut. This is much like what the company did when it launched the Gypsy in India in 1985, which was nothing more than an LWB version of the second-gen Jimny.

In a related development, Suzuki has also debuted the Jimny at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. The company plans to use Indonesia as a global manufacturing hub for this mini-4x4, alongside its facilities in Japan.

The new-gen Jimny is a serious off-roader with ladder frame construction, four-wheel drive with low-range gearing and high-profile tyres. The fourth-gen Jimny continues to have a retro design theme as seen in the previous models. The theme is carried over inside as well. The dash has a blocky design throughout with separate housings for the gauges. There is an 80's style square housing for the touchscreen, round air con vents and toggle switches. The styling is quite reminiscent of the Maruti Gypsy.

The Japan-spec Jimny SUV comes with a 0.66litre R06A turbo engine, while the Jimny SUV that will be sold in the international markets comes with a 1.5 litre K15B engine, replacing the 1.3L unit of the previous model. The 1.5L petrol engine makes 100PS at 6,000rpm and generates 130Nm at 4,000rpm, which makes is an addition of 17PS and 20Nm over the previous. Suzuki claims that the new engine has a stronger torque output. Additionally, it is said that the new unit is 15 percent lighter making it more efficient as well. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual as standard or a four-speed automatic.

The new-gen Suzuki Jimny comes equipped with Suzuki's Allgrip Pro AWD system that gets a low-range transfer gear and three driving modes - 2H (2WD-high gear), 4H (4WD-high gear), and 4L (4WD-low gear) and can be engaged with the help of a shift lever mounted on the transfer case. Additionally, AWD also comes with LSD traction control that applies brake to the wheel that loses traction.

Source: Car Dekho

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