– Suzuki Jimny SUV is reported to make its global debut in September, 2018.
– The SUV might also make its way to India as a replacement to Gypsy.
Suzuki Jimny is all set for a generation change in the Japanese market. The SUV’s new model is reported to make its way to the Indian market as well. The fourth-generation Jimny (2018 Maruti Jimny in India) will be positioned as a lifestyle product, and is reported to come as a replacement to the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. India might serve as production hub for the SUV and is likely to be exported to select South East Asian and European markets.
While the global-spec Jimny is a three-door SUV, the India-bound version will be a four-door version with five-seats layout. Based on the neo-retro design approach, the 2018 Maruti Jimny will witness a complete makeover along with a pack of new comfort features. Dimensions will also grow in size. For enhancing its off-road capabilities, Suzuki will introduce the AllGrip pro all-wheel-drive system and the advanced limited slip differential on the SUV. Read – Upcoming Maruti Cars In India
Before we get into all the details about the next-generation Jimmy, let us give you a little bit of background about this car. The Jimny is a compact off-road SUV that has been into production for over 35 years now. The first generation Jimny model, LJ10 (Light Jeep 10) was launched in 1970, and the current global model is the third-generation model of the SUV. For people not in the know, the popular Suzuki Gypsy is the long wheelbase version of the second-generation Jimny.
– Touchscreen infotainment system
– Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
– Bluetooth connectivity
– Multi-functional steering wheel
– Leather upholstery for steering and gearbox
– ABS + EBD
– Dual front airbags
– Suzuki’s AllGrip pro system
– Round-shaped headlights
– Round fog lamps
– Squared-off wheel arches
The new-generation Jimny was recently spotted inside the carmaker’s factory premises in Japan. It confirms that the production of the SUV has been commenced. Japan will be the first market to receive the new Jimny by the end of this year, followed by Europe in 2019. Rumour also has it that the SUV’s new-generation model will replace the Gypsy in India. However, there is no official word on the same. According to media reports, the 2018 Suzuki Jimny will have its world premiere in coming September and its India launch might happen sometime next year. Read – New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2018 Pictures & Details
|Minimum (expected)||Rs 5.70 lakh|
|Maximum (expected)||Rs 7 lakh|
If launched in India, the 2018 Maruti Jimny will be introduced as a lifestyle vehicle replacing the aging Gypsy. In terms of design and features, however, it will be more upmarket than its replacement. Speculations suggest that the new SUV could be offered at a starting price of around Rs 5.70 lakh that will go up to Rs 6.40 lakh (ex-showroom). Check Out – Maruti e-Survivor Pictures & Details
The new-generation Jimny will make use of the ladder-chassis platform, and continue to carry the conventional boxy utility vehicle stance. Though, Suzuki will employ the neo-retro design approach to give it a refreshing look. Featuring the large front bumper with big airdams, round headlamps and fog lamps, a five slate grille and steep windshield, the face of the car looks more aggressive than the old model.
The 2018 Jimny has minimal curves and flow lines. The side profile looks simple, but it gets a prominent squared-off wheel arches. The spy pictures reveal that the new Jimny get flat roof, squarish windows and trapezoidal wheel arches. It appears more like a smaller version of the Mercedes G-Class and Land Rover Defender. Other design elements will include body coloured ORVMs, turn indicators on wheel arches, 16-inch wheels, rounded taillamps, and pronounced wheel arches. Read – Maruti Ertiga Based Crossover In The Works
Unlike the global model that has three-door layout, the India-spec 2018 Maruti Jimny will be a 4-door extended wheelbase model. Despite the extended wheelbase in India, the vehicle will fall under sub-4 metre category. Compare to the outgoing model that measures 3.69mm in length, the new version will be longer measuring around 3.91mm. The same model might also be exported to Indonesia and Brazil. The European model, on the other hand, could have 2 doors and shorter wheelbase.
Interior of the new 2018 Maruti Jimny will see comprehensive changes. The four-door (as expected) India-spec model is likely to have ample headroom and legroom space for both front and rear occupants. With respect to features, the new-generation SUV will be richer than the outgoing version. The latest pictures reveal some of its key features such as flat-bottomed steering wheel, touchscreen infotainment system, a twin-pod instrument cluster, cockpit inspired lower centre console switchgear, round climate control knobs and side air vents and rectangular centre air vents. Read – 2018 Maruti Ciaz Facelift Is Ready For Launch
The dashboard design seems simple and features round air-con vents. The central console also gets retro-styled buttons, while the instrument console also gets round shaped dials. The new Suzuki Jimny 2018 also shares some of its styling bits with other Suzuki models. For the safety provision, the SUV will have dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution) and hill start assist features. Check Out – Maruti Future S Concept Pictures & Details
|Engine||1.0-litre Boosterjet Petrol|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT / 6-speed AT|
Globally, the new Suzuki Jimny 2018 will be offered with three powertrains – a 660cc turbocharged petrol, a 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol and a 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol. Both manual and automatic transmissions will be available on the carline. Built on the ladder-frame chassis, the SUV will also get Suzuki’s AllGrip Pro system that is essentially the advanced version of Suzuki’s AllGrip 4WD tech. It will also come with the advanced limited slip differential. All these features will enhance its on-and-off-road performance. Read – Maruti Suzuki To Launch Toyota Corolla Based Sedan In India
For the Indian market, Maruti Suzuki might use the advanced Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine. This powertrain will help the carmaker improve vehicle’s performance and fuel efficiency, while reducing its CO2 emissions. It’s the same motor that does duty to the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS. It delivers a maximum power output of 100bhp against a peak torque of 150Nm. Delivering power to the front wheels will be a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The carmaker might also offer a more powerful 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine on the 2018 Maruti Jimny. The SUV could also get a new automatic gearbox and the AWD (all-wheel-drive) system. Reports suggest that Gypsy’s replacement might also be offered with a diesel powertrain. Official engine details of the vehicle will be revealed near its launch. Read – 6 Reasons Why Everyone’s Buying The All-new Maruti Swift
Maruti cars have always been known for their high fuel efficiency and the new Jimny won’t be an exception here. While the specifications of the SUV are yet to be revealed by the carmaker, it is reported to use 1.0L Boosterjet petrol engine. With this powertrain, the vehicle is likely to offer a mileage around 16kmpl on urban roads and 20kmpl on the highways.
Based on ladder-on-frame platform, the new 2018 Suzuki Jimny SUV will be equipped with Suzuki's new AllGrip pro all-wheel-drive system. It is reported to launch in India as a replacement to the aging Maruti Suzuki Gypsy.