After several big-ticket showcases at the Auto Expo including its Concept Futuro-E, new Brezza with petrol engine and the new Ignis with styling upgrades, Maruti Suzuki kept the buzz firmly at its pavilion here by displaying the fourth-generation Jimny, a car with a legacy that dates back 50 years.
Billed as the 'authentic off-roader', the company managed to keep the spotlight firmly on itself by showcasing the Jimny. While it has been speculated that Maruti Suzuki would drive in the car for the Indian buyers and while there has been an enormous amount of interest, there has been no official word on a possible launch. The idea to have it on display at Auto Expo 2020, Maruti Suzuki says, is to gauge response from Indian customers. "The vehicle has been showcased at Auto Expo to assess response of the Indian consumers to the product," said Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited. "Suzuki Jimny with its compact design and superb off-road capabilities is an engineering marvel and speaks volumes about Suzuki’s engineering capabilities. Masterfully designed to ensure reliable driving and ease of handling, Suzuki Jimny is a favourite amongst adventure enthusiasts."
The Jimny on display has a 1.5-litre petrol engine at its heart and is capable power of 75 kW /6000 rpm and torque of 130 Nm /4000 rpm. It is meant to power up and through demanding terrains and therefore gets a 4WD drive system.
The Jimny is 3550 mm in length, 1645 mm in width and has a height of 1730 mm. It also has a wheelbase of 2250 mm. On the inside, the company says that the fourth-generation Jimny gets a number of functionalities that promise a comfortable ride.
In the past, it has been widely speculated that the Jimny could replace the Gypsy and could also be a viable option for Indian armed forces operating in difficult and challenging conditions.
The Jimny is sold across 194 countries and regions around the world and considering it is a flagship from Suzuki, it is only surprising that it has not already made its way to India.