A lot has been speculated about the Suzuki Jimny, especially its India launch, since the last few years. In the Auto Expo last year, Maruti Suzuki had showcased the Jimny. This had further raised curiosity about an Indian launch. The Jimny Sierra version was displayed at the exposition as Maruti Suzuki is manufacturing the 3-door version currently. It is being exported to overseas markets.
India is a country where 3-door version cars do not find many buyers, hence the plan to launch Jimny in India was kept on hold. There have been reports of a 5-door version of the Jimny, launching soon. It was slated for being unveiled this year, however, due to the pandemic, the debut has been postponed to next year. The 5-door Suzuki Jimny shall be based on the Sierra version and will be manufactured in India. Maruti is looking at launching this SUV after its global debut.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door Engine
Suzuki Jimny, when launched will be a direct competitor to the Mahindra Thar. The Jimny will be launched only in a petrol version. Being a Maruti, this should find quite a few takers. Its old-school SUV looks and capabilities are talked about. It is expected to be powered by the same 1.5-litre unit that does duty in the Vitara Brezza, S-Cross and Ertiga. A manual and automatic gearbox is expected to be offered, as also 4WD.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door Dimensions
The Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door is expected to be 3850 mm long, 1645 mm wide and 1730 mm high. It shall have a wheelbase of 2550 mm. The 3-door Jimny has a wheelbase of 2250 mm and a length of 3550 mm. The Suzuki Jimny 5-door shall get a 210 mm ground clearance and kerb weight of about 1190 kg.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny India Launch
Maruti Suzuki is eyeing significant sales of the Jimny 5-door in India. An alternative to the much popular Mahindra Thar, the Jimny is sure to evoke a great response from the Indian market. We have seen the same with the new Thar. There is no specific timeline for its launch yet, however, we expect it to be launched by the second half of 2022.