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.
January 11, 2017 – Rumours were on rife that Suzuki will launch the Jimny SUV in the Indian car market, that didn’t happen. As a reminder, Suzuki had showcased the SUV at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. Since then, it has been 5 years and everyone lost the hope of seeing this iconic SUV in India. If media reports are to be believed, India will be production hub for the next-generation Jimny and it will also be launched in India. The Made-in-India 2018 Maruti Suzuki Jimny is reportedly to be exported to select European markets, and North American and South East Asian markets. Few reports suggest that the India-spec Jimy could be named Suzuki Samurai or Gypsy.
It was speculated that the 2018 Maruti Jimny will be based on Suzuki’s new generation platform. This platform has been used to develop the Baleno and the new Swift hatchback. However, few reports suggest that the new model will be based on a ladder-frame platform. The new ladder frame chassis will help the car retain its robustness and off-road capabilities. The SUV is also expected to get an advanced ALLGRIP ‘pro’ system. 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.
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.
It will at least two years in the development and design of the new-generation Jimny, so we expect its debut towards the end of 2018 only. 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|
As mentioned earlier, the Suzuki Jimny 2018 will derive its power from the same 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol mill that will soon make its debut in India with the Baleno RS. This powertrain is capable of producing 110bhp of maximum power and 170Nm of peak torque. 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.
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).
It is expected that the next-generation Suzuki Jimny will continue to feature the rugged exterior styling. With minimal curves and flow lines, the Jimny’s exterior gives a muscular appeal. The SUV could get a bold and aggressive front fascia, featuring large bumper that accommodates big air dam and round-shaped headlamps. 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. 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.