The Japanese brand Suzuki has an off-roading offering made available to the international customers. The Jimny has been in production since the last 4 decades and its bringing the 4th generation model to India. Currently the 4th generation Jimny is being manufactured in a plant in Haryana and being exported to international markets, now Suzuki is planning to launch the same for the Indian buyers. Competing with a rival which already has a huge number of admirers, the Mahindra Thar, Suzuki is planning to launch the 5 door version of the Jimny and not the 3 door option to have a significance over Thar. Showcased at the Auto Expo 2020, the Jimny is already a huge success overseas with massive number of exports, and so Suzuki is aiming high for the car in India, only one variant would be introduced with an expected price of ₹10lakhs ex-showroom Delhi.
The 3 door Jimny comes with a 1.5L L15B petrol engine which produces 102hp of power and 138nm of torque, this is the same petrol engine offered in Suzuki’s Vitara Breeza and Ertiga. The 5 door Indian variant is expected to come with a 1.4L boosterjet turbo petrol engine along with a 48 Volt mild hybrid tech which produces 140hp of power, this is the same engine offered in international variants of Swift. This engine is paired with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission system.
Continuing with the trend that all off-roaders have, the Jimny too have a retro design, carrying the heritage with simple round headlamps and independent indicators, horizontal slit design, front grille with vertical openings which could be replaced with a single horizontal pattern, clamshell bonnet and set of tail lights located at the rear bumper. 3.85m long, 1.65m wide, 1.73m high and a wheelbase of 2.5m the 5 door Jimny completely gets absorbed in the sub-4m category. 210mm of ground clearance, thick wheel arches and high roof line helps in better covering the rough terrain with ease. Visibility is good as well thanks to the flat bonnet and boxy exterior and interior. The 5 door variant will have an elongated side profile than the 3 door variant to be able to fit 2 extra doors for the rear passengers. The interior of the car is loaded with features, touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control air conditioner, keyless entry, smartphone connectivity, engine start/stop button and a Resin coating on the seats to easily remove dirt.
The Suzuki Jimny, whose earlier models were sold in India by the name Gypsy, is expected to launch in 2022 with a price tag of ₹10lakhs from only Nexa dealerships. Going with a 5 door variant instead of 3 doors one makes easy ingress and egress but it doesn’t much add to the cabin space and makes the Jimny a strictly 4 seater car. It does carry a retro look but it is more of a cute looking car rather than a badass off-roader it should be. On the upper side, it is built on the ladder frame chassis and has hill hold and decent control which adds big weights on the safety aspect of the car. Being a budget friendly off-roader, the Jimny has so much to offer, we have our hopes up waiting to experience the same on road.