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The 'Maruti Suzuki Jimny' has been one of the most-awaited 4x4 cars for a very long time. The compact dimensions, the rugged looks and the high ground clearance are some of the reasons why Indians adore the Jimny. The Jimny is also built around a ladder frame chassis with a 3-link rigid-axle suspension. In global markets, the Suzuki Jimny is the spiritual successor to the Gypsy.
The 2018 Jimny has been spied several times before. But now, the Japanese car manufacturer has listed the Suzuki Jimny on their official website, indicating a global launch soon.
That said, here are the top things to know about the Suzuki Jimny:
Suzuki Jimny – Models & Variants
Once the 2018 model is launched, the Suzuki Jimny will have reached its fourth generation. The very first Suzuki Jimny was introduced in 1970 and it was the first-and-only compact 4WD in the small car segment. The second generation (1981) is basically the Gypsy we have in India. Then, in 1998, the Jimny got an upgrade(the one shown) and remained the same till now – a period of 20 years.
The Suzuki Jimny comes in two variants: the standard version and the Sierra. The Sierra is the more feature-loaded and off-road ready variant; evident from its extended fenders. Both variants are available in three trims: XG, XL & XC.
Suzuki Jimny – Engine Specifications
The 2018 Jimny will come with two engine options: a 660cc turbocharged petrol unit for the standard variant and a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol. Both three-cylinder petrol units make 63bhp and 100bhp, respectively and are the same engines found in the third generation Jimny. The engines come mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.
However, if the Jimny is introduced in India, we expect it to come with the Baleno RS's 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol (101bhp; 150Nm) and the existing 1.3-litre diesel engine (74bhp; 190Nm).
But the main highlight of the powertrain is the brand's Allgrip Pro 4x4 system – the factor which makes the Jimny, an ideal choice for all kinds of Indian terrain.
Suzuki Jimny – Features
The Suzuki Jimny also comes with all the essential features, arranged across the modern-looking interiors carrying the same design theme as the exterior. Here are some Suzuki Jimny features worth mentioning:
- 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Automatic climate control
- Push-button start
- Automatic headlamps
- Cruise control
- Steering-mounted controls for the audio and phone
Suzuki Jimny – Colours
The new Jimny will be available in five single-tone and three dual-tone colour schemes. The dual-tone schemes add a black roof to the base paints: Kinetic Yellow, Brisk Blue Metallic & Chiffon Ivory Metallic.
The single-tone paint schemes are: Jungle Green, Bluish Black Pearl 3, Medium Gray, Silky Silver Metallic and Superior White.
Suzuki Jimny – Expected Launch Date In India
The global launch of the 2018 Suzuki Jimny is expected to happen on July 5, 2018. Only then we will get to know if the brand is considering the 4x4 in our country, let alone an India-launch date.
Suzuki Jimny – Expected Price In India
The expected price for the Suzuki Jimny is around the range of Rs 5.5 – 8 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). Being a more premium Maruti, the Jimny could also be sold via NEXA dealerships.
Thoughts On The Suzuki Jimny
The Suzuki Jimny has got a huge fan base all over the world. Many in India have been waiting for a ‘Maruti Jimny' ever since the Gypsy was stopped from mass-production. While we still do not have a confirmation whether the Jimny will make it to Indian markets at least this time, these are the things you should expect in the 2018 Suzuki Jimny.
But in short, the Suzuki Jimny is definitely one vehicle India deserves to get.
Are you a fan of this compact 4x4? Do let us know in the comment section below!