There has been a lot of speculation around Maruti's plans to bring in its globally popular off-roading SUV Jimny to India ever since the carmaker showcased it at the Auto Expo 2020. But the first sign that the carmaker is seriously considering it is now out.
A vlogger spotted a white-coloured Maruti Jimny on the streets of Gurugram recently. The model seen in the video is the Sierra. It's a three-door model, like the one showcased during the Auto Expo this year. The SUV seen in the video also has alloy wheels.
Billed as the 'authentic off-roader', the fourth generation Jimny has a capable powertrain and a comfortable ride system to allow for comfort even in demanding conditions.
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.
Under the hood, the car will be plonked with a 100 hp, 1.5-litre petrol engine, the same one that powers Maruti's new Brezza, S-Cross and Ciaz. The Jimny will also sport a part-time 4WD system.
Though the reports are unconfirmed, the mini-SUV will be introduced in a new India-specific 5-door avatar by 2021. The Jimny may have arrived slightly earlier but the Covid-19 pandemic threw a wrench in the carmaker's original plans.
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There are also reports that Maruti may retain the Gypsy branding for the SUV in India. The SUV is based on one of India's popular four-wheel drives which is now only limited for military services.
Though there is no confirmation on the pricing, Maruti Suzuki might aim for the ₹9 lakh to ₹15 lakh price segment, which is a sweet spot for SUVs these days.
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.
The Suzuki Jimny SUV was earlier pulled down in Europe due to non-compliance to the stricter CO2 emission standards. However, the Jimny made its way back to the European car market, retailed as a Class N1 commercial vehicle.