It’s indeed a bad news for people waiting for the new Suzuki Jimny SUV and the Swift Sport hot hatchback. Speaking to Zigwheels on the sidelines of the new Ciaz media drive, CV Raman, R&D Chief at Maruti Suzuki India confirmed that the Jimny and the Swift Sport won’t make their way to the Indian market.
Maruti Suzuki believes that there won’t be any major demand for the small 3-door SUV. The Jimny is a lifestyle off-road vehicle that most Indian buyers won’t consider them as their primary family vehicles. In this segment, cars like Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha aren’t doing any good for their makers. Read: New Maruti WagonR – 5 Interesting Facts
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The Suzuki Swift Sport hot hatch makes use of a 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine that will make it an expensive deal in India. Similar to the personal off-roader segment, the hot hatch space has relatively less buyers. We already have Maruti Baleno RS, Volkswagen Polo GT and Fiat Punto Abarth in this space and none of them generating even a decent volume for the carmakers. Read: 5 Reasons why Maruti Vitara Brezza Is India’s Best-selling Compact SUV
The new Suzuki Jimny and Jimny Sierra were recently launched in Japan at 14,58,000 JPY. Available in three variants, the small off-roader comes with a 0.7-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine pushing out 64PS and 96Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic unit, supported by part-time 4WD system with low range transfer gear. Read – New Maruti Suzuki Small Car To Launch Soon
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The Suzuki Swift Sport, on the other hand, derives power from a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged Boosterjet motor that’s good enough for 138bhp and 230Nm of torque. For performing transmission duties, the hot hatch gets a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Read: Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars in India
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