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.
Japanese automaker, Suzuki is gearing up for the launch of the new generation Jimny SUV in the Domestic market in 2018. In fact, the company has started trial production of the compact SUV. The SUV is also reportedly to come India as a replacement for the ageing Gypsy SUV. New media reports suggest that Suzuki’s all-new off-roader will be showcased at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. 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. Adding to it, India is expected to 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 expected to be exported to select European markets and North and South East Asian markets. It is expected to be launched as the new generation Gypsy.
It was speculated that the 2018 Maruti Jimny will be based on Suzuki’s new generation platform; however, the next model will continue to feature the existing ladder-frame chassis. Suzuki has modified this platform to accommodate new design and powertrain. It will also be equipped with Suzuki’s advanced AllGRIP ‘pro’ all-wheel-drive system. 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.
– Suzuki has started trial production of the next generation Jimny, and two such prototypes have been snapped at the company’s production facility. Going by the pictures, it is visible that the SUV looks like a mini Mercedes G Class. Continue Reading…
– Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch the next generation Gypsy SUV in India. It is expected that the new Jimny will be introduced as Gypsy and will be produced at Suzuki’s Gujarat based plant. Additionally, Maruti will also export this mini SUV to select European and North American markets. Continue Reading
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
The testing of the SUV has already been started on global roads. It is expected that the SUV will make its global debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The SUV will first go on sale in Japan in mid-2018, while European launch will take place in 2019. In India, the compact SUV is likely to be launched in 2019.
|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).
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.
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.
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.
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. It also shares most of its design components from other Suzuki models. 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.
|Engine||1.0-litre Boosterjet Petrol|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT / 6-speed AT|
The global-spec Suzuki Jimny will come in 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. Built on the ladder-frame chassis, the SUV will also get Suzuki’s AllGrip Pro system that is basically the advanced version of Suzuki’s AllGrip 4WD tech.
The India-spec Suzuki Jimny 2018 is expected to source 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 100bhp and a peak torque of 150Nm. 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.