Suzuki Jimny back on sale as Light Commercial Vehicle variant overseas
After a successful run in Europe, cut short in 2020 by the EU's tightening emission norms, the Suzuki Jimny is back on sale as a commercial vehicle, a category for which the emission targets are set slightly lower. The 2-seater Suzuki Jimny Light Commercial Vehicle variant, first announced last year, nixes the two rear seats, and the resultant fully-flat load bay has 863-litres of cargo capacity, or 33-litres more than the passenger version with the rear seats folded down. While that may not sound like much of an increase, the additional practicality of the safety partition between the front of the cabin and the cargo bay, and extra height of the load space can't be argued with.
The Suzuki Jimny LCV is available in one variant, equipped with the selectable 4WD system and low-range transfer gear, 15-inch steel wheels, manual air-conditioning, cruise control, and dual sensor brake support, hill hold and descent control. The Suzuki Jimny LCV appears to largely only drop the touchscreen infotainment system in favour of a DAB radio in the transition to this LCV variant. The Suzuki Jimny's K15B 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine and 5-speed manual gearbox continue unchanged, with 101PS and 130Nm of torque going to all four-wheels via the ALLGRIP PRO selectable 4WD system with its low-range transfer case.
As a reminder, the Suzuki Jimny was bumped from Suzuki's European line-up as the car bumped up the company's average fleet-wide CO2 emissions figures over the permissible limits of 95gm/km for passenger cars. However, the limits for commercial vehicles stands at 145gm/km, a loophole that the Suzuki Jimny LCV looks to fill. As for when the Suzuki Jimny will come to India, reports claim a 5-door Suzuki Jimny is being readied for launch in Suzuki's home market by 2022, so it's fair to expect it to come to India shortly after.