In a recent interview, Mr Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd said that the carmaker is still evaluating if it should launch the Suzuki Jimny in India
Maruti Suzuki Showcased the new 3-door Jimny at the 2020 Auto Expo. A few reports suggest that the carmaker will commence the bookings of the new model as soon as in the coming months, but, now, thanks to a new report, it looks like all these speculations can be quashed. Earlier, the SUV was reported to be slated to hit the Indian shores by the first half of next year, but a new media report says that the carmaker is still not sure about launching the Jimny in the Indian market. While speaking to a media house, Mr Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has said that Maruti is still assessing whether Jimny should be launched in the Indian market and nothing is certain so far.
The 5-door SUV will be powered by a 1.5-litre K15B gasoline engine
The carmaker displayed the 3-door SUV, which can only accommodate 4 passengers at once with no luggage space. To make the SUV a successful product in our market, the carmaker is rumoured to have decided to manufacture a 5-door version of the Jimny exclusively for India.
Moreover, it was being said that the company would offer the mini-SUV in a price bracket of Rs 8 to 10 lakh (ex-showroom) and sell it through Nexa outlets. The new 5-door Jimny is speculated to be named Gypsy to capitalize on the huge fan-following of the moniker in India. The internatioanl-spec SUV is equipped with some modern-day features like a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, steering-mounted controls, keyless entry and automatic headlamps, which is something that makes it more plush than the Gypsy we all know of.
The Suzuki Jimny got a very positive response from the spectators at the 2020 Auto Expo.
In terms of safety, the Suzuki Jimny comes loaded with features like driver & passenger airbags, hill start assist, ABS with EBD, brake assist and ESP. Powering the Suzki Jimny Sierra is a 1.5-litre, four-pot K-series naturally-aspirated petrol engine that puts out 103bhp of peak power and 138 Nm of maximum twisting force. Transmission duties are carried out by either a 5-speed MT or a 4-speed torque converter AT, depending on the option one has chosen. Furthermore, the engine comes coupled with Suzuki’s Advanced 4X4-AllGrip System. With the recent revelation, it now remains to be seen if the carmaker would indeed launch the SUV in India.