The new-generation model of the Suzuki Jimny will be developed at the company’s Gujarat-based plant for markets like South East Asia, Europe and North America.
Suzuki, the Japanese automaker will unveil the new generation Jimny SUV at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, which starts from October 25, 2017. The SUV is also reportedly to come India as a replacement for the ageing Gypsy SUV. Suzuki had showcased the Jimny SUV at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. Since then, rumours were on rife that the company will launch the Jimny SUV in The Indian car market; that didn’t happen. If media reports are to be believed, India will be production hub for the new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Jimny and it could also go on sale in India in late 2018. The Made-in-India 2018 Maruti Jimny is also likely to be exported to select European markets, and North American and South East Asian markets. The SUV is likely to be named Suzuki Samurai or Gypsy.
The next-gen Suzuki Jimny has been leaked on the web, revealing the exterior and interior styling. If reports are to be believed, the SUV will make its global debut at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon in October, 2017. The vehicle will go on sale in global markets in early next year, while India launch could take place in late 2018 or early 2019. It was speculated that the 2018 Maruti Jimny will be based on Suzuki’s new generation platform. This platform has also been used to develop the Baleno and the new generation Swift hatchback. However, the next model will continue to feature the existing ladder-frame chassis.
This platform will be modified to accommodate new design and make it safer. The new ladder frame chassis will help the car retain its robustness and off-road capabilities. It will also be equipped with Suzuki’s advanced AllGRIP ‘pro’ all-wheel-drive system. The global model is expected to come with three engine options – a 660cc turbocharged petrol, a 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol and a 2.0-litre Dualjet petrol. In India, the new Jimny might come with a 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine that will also power the Baleno RS and the Vitara Brezza petrol.
Going by the leaked images, it is visible that the SUV will continue to feature the boxy-styling theme. It sports upright front fascia with five slat grille, simple round headlights, a smaller set of round fog lamps and squared-off wheel arches. The top-end models are likely to get bigger alloy wheels, feature-loaded cabin and dual-tone colour options.
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 vehicle. For people not in the know, the popular Suzuki Gypsy is the long wheelbase version of the second-generation Jimny.
The testing of the SUV has already been started on global roads. It is scheduled to make its global debut at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon in October. We believe that the company could showcase the product in India at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, while the launch could take place in late 2018 or early 2019. Since it will be developed in India, expect it to be launched in Europe and India at almost the same time.
|Engine||1.0-litre Boosterjet Petrol|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT / 6-speed AT|
If media reports are to be believed, the global-spec Jimny will be offered with three engine options – a 660cc turbocharged petrol, 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol and a 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol. Both manual and automatic versions of the SUV will be on offer. It will also be equipped with Suzuki’s AllGrip Pro syste, which is basically the advanced version of Suzuki’s AllGrip 4WD tech.
The India-spec Suzuki Jimny 2018 will derive its power from the same 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol engine that also powers the Baleno RS and the upcoming Vitara Brezza petrol. This powertrain churns out a maximum power output of 110bhp and a peak torque of 170Nm. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. The company will also introduce the AWD version of the SUV. There could also be a more powerful version of the SUV featuring 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol model with a new automatic transmission. The company might not launch it with a diesel mill.
Maruti is known for offering fuel efficient cars; expect next gen Jimny to offer higher mileage. We believe that the new model will return close to 16kmpl in city and around 20kmpl on the highways.
Just like the current Gypsy, the India-bound 2018 Jimny might be a 4-door extended wheelbase model. The same model might also be exported to Indonesia and Brazil. The European model, however, could have 2 doors and shorter wheelbase. Despite the extended wheelbase in India, the vehicle will fall under sub-4 metre category.
|Minimum (expected)||Rs 5.70 lakh|
|Maximum (expected)||Rs 7 lakh|
Though the 2018 Jimny will come as a replacement to the Gypsy in India, it will be slightly more feature-rich and up-market. So we expect it to cost a little higher than the current model which is priced between Rs 5.70 lakh – Rs 6.40 lakh (ex-showroom).
Touchscreen infotainment system
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Multi-functional steering wheel
Leather upholstery for steering and gearbox
ABS + EBD
Dual front airbags
Suzuki’s AllGrip pro system
Round fog lamps
Squared-off wheel arches
It was speculated that the next gen Jimny will be based on Suzuki’s new generation platform. However, the vehicle will continue to feature the same body-on-frame architecture. This platform will be modified to accommodate new rugged exterior styling and new engines. The SUV features the rugged exterior styling. With minimal curves and flow lines, the Jimny’s exterior gives a muscular appeal. The SUV gets a bold and aggressive front fascia, featuring large bumper that accommodates big air dam, five slat grille and round-shaped headlamps. The flat profile of bumper gets a smaller set of round fog lamps on each corner.
The side profile looks simple, but it gets a prominent squared-off wheel arches. The spyshots reveal that the new Jimny looks like a smaller version of the Mercedes G-Class and Land Rover Defender. Exterior features likely to include body colored ORVMs, turn indicators on wheel arches, 16-inch wheels, rounded headlamps or taillamps, and muscular wheel arches.
India-spec model will be a four-door model, which will offer ample headroom and legroom space for both front and rear occupants. Contrary to current model, the next SUV will be blessed with modern day features like touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, multi-functional steering wheel, etc. The infotainment system will be compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It will also get high-end safety features like ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution), dual front airbags, hill start assist, etc.