The Suzuki Jimny is expected to hit it big once it is launched in the Indian market. The Indian-spec Jimny takes on the likes of 2020 Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha BS6 if launched.
First showcased in India at the Auto Expo 2020, the Suzuki Jimnyhas been the talks of the town for quite a long time. The Suzuki Jimny is a popular compact off-roader in the international market that’s why it becomes one of the most-awaited car launches for the Indian space. Earlier this year, India’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki revealed that in order to keep the roaring demand from the global markets, they will commence the manufacturing of the Jimny in India for export purpose. The plan was then shelved due to the Covid-19 pandemic and countrywide lockdown but now according to some recent reports, Maruti Suzuki would soon kickstart the production of the Jimny in India again. Along with the 3-door Jimny, the 5-door version of the same will be manufactured here in India.
Components will be imported from its home country, Japan to assemble the three-door Suzuki Jimny in India. After that, the company will start producing the car using the locally-sourced components as well. Same locally-sourced parts and components will be utilized to manufacture the 5-door version of the Jimny which will also be exported to some other countries in the world.
Reports revealed that the Indo-Japanese company aims to produce about 1 lakh units of the Jimny a year in Gurgaon facility and 50 per cent of which will be exported to other markets. The automotive company will start manufacturing the car (both 3-door and 5-door versions) with locally-sourced components by around 2022.
It is highly likely that once Maruti Suzuki manufactured the Jimny in India using the locally-sourced components, the Jimny will be launched in the Indian market as the price will be kept in check. However, there’s a chance that only the 5-door Jimny will go on sale in the Indian space.
It will come across as a replacement for the discontinued Maruti Gypsy and comes with a single petrol engine under the bonnet. In all likelihood, the Indian-spec Suzuki Jimny will be powered by a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that also powers many other Maruti cars. Both manual and automatic transmission will be available on offer. Also, a 2WD configuration might be offered in lower trims of the SUV to keep the prices low. Upon its launch, the Maruti Jimny will stack up against the likes of 2020 Mahindra Thar or the Force Gurkha BS6.