The Suzuki Jimny is the successor of the Maruti Gypsy in international markets. It has been in production since 1998. The AWD SUV is sold in both 3-door and 5-door layouts.
The Suzuki Jimny is a compact off-roader and offers good value for the price. We all loved the Maruti Gypsy, and a successor to it will be welcomed by everyone. It serves the purpose of both a hatchback and a small weekend off-roader.
Now after many rumours, more spy images of the 2018 Suzuki Jimny have emerged online, and we can confirm that the production has started in Japan.
From the images, it is clear that the 2018 Suzuki Jimny will be built on the same body-on-frame architecture as before. The styling remains the same boxy theme, and the mini-SUV reminds us of the Mercedes G-Wagen and Land Rover Defender.
The 2018 Suzuki Jimny will debut internationally with a range of engines, including the 660cc turbo-petrol, 1.0-litre BoosterJet petrol and 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol. There will be a diesel-variant, probably the 1.3-litre SHVS from the Ciaz, if the Jimny arrives in India.
The Jimny also comes updated with Suzuki's AllGrip Pro system, and we expect the new model to be unveiled by October 2018, at the Tokyo Motor Show.
If the Suzuki Jimny does launch in India, expect prices to be around Rs 7-10 lakh ex-showroom. By that time, its rival, the Jeep Renegade will belaunched.
The Suzuki Jimny has got a huge fan following, even in India where it is yet to launch. It is a very capable compact off-roader, and you might have seen many videos of it climbing rocks and other terrains. Sources suggest that India might get the Jimny soon, but as of now, we will have to wait for an official confirmation from Suzuki.