The news that the Suzuki Jimny will hit our shores has been around for a while. But is this the end product that we could see on the roads?
This is what the Indian Suzuki Jimny might look like. Jimny has been in the news for a while. The success of the new Mahindra Thar must have motivated Suzuki to try the Jimny. Thar has enjoyed tremendous market success since launch. It’s a perfect lifestyle all-rounder. Jimny, on the other hand, is a famous off-road mini machine in international markets. It lets you go places with an affordable SUV. Suzuki is already manufacturing Jimny in India for exports. But India itself could be a great market for him. We’ll have to see if the Indian Suzuki Jimny could look like this.
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Indian Suzuki Jimny Speculative Look
This is a version similar to the one sold in the international market. The overall silhouette is that of a small boxy SUV. The front end typically features round headlight units, a Jeep-like front grill, short overhangs to aid in approach and departure angles, etc. The sides feature a subtle profile without pronounced wrinkles. This is a 5-door version, which is the one likely to be launched in India as well. The reading window is separate from the A-pillar in this design. The rear holds the spare tire on the trunk lid along with the taillights on the bumper below. In terms of the shape of the SUV, it retains the traditional tall, boxy look we’ve seen on the Gypsy over the years.
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Most likely, the Suzuki Jimny is powered by the same 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine, producing 103 hp and 138 Nm. It is the same engine that powers the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ciaz and Ertiga. A 5-speed manual or AMT will be offered and perhaps the inclusion of drive modes to improve terrain responses and traction control. It will have a 4×4 propulsion system. We expect prices to stay in the vicinity of the Thar, say Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh, pre-showroom range. It will be sold through Maruti Suzuki’s NEXA department. The direct rival will include Mahindra Thar along with the recently launched Force Gurkha.
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