In a bid to increase market share, Suzuki, the Japanese automaker is planning to unveil an all-new SUV concept at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2017. If media reports are to be believed, the compact SUV could be the concept version of the next generation Suzuki Jimny. As a reminder, Suzuki is also planning to manufacture the next Jimny in India.
It is expected that the next generation Suzuki Jimny will get an all-new styling, which will be inspired from the Suzuki X-Lander concept. Instead of the Ladder-frame chassis, the SUV could get a monocoque chassis. This will improve the overall ride quality of the SUV. However, few reports suggest that the car will continue to feature the same chassis that will allow Suzuki to give this SUV some off-road ability. Read More – Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars In India In 2017, 2018
The Chinese spec model is expected to be powered by a 0.66-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine that also powers the Alto Turbo RS. For international markets, the next Jimny could use a 1.2-litre Dualjet naturally aspirated petrol engine or a 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol unit. The SUV will also be offered with a 4WD system. Also Read – Maruti Ignis – All You Need To Know
In India, the next Jimny could be named the Suzuki Gypsy. The SUV could be offered with two petrol options – 1.0-litre Boosterjet or a 1.4-litre Boosterjet. The SUV will be manufactured at the company’s new Gujarat plant, which will be operational from February 2017. For people not known, the Jimny is a compact off-road SUV that has been into production for over 35 years now. The first generation model was launched in 1970, and the current model is in its third generation. In fact, the Suzuki Gypsy is also the long wheelbase version of the Jimny SUV. It is also expected that the new model could be based Suzuki’s new generation platform that also underpins the Baleno. The company will make some adjustments to the chassis to make it off-road capable.
Source – PC Auto