Maruti Suzuki will be using India as a production and export hub for the Jimny 3-door. They have just exported the first 184 units of the made-in-india Jimny. Read on for full story.
Maruti Suzuki has commenced exports for the Suzuki Jimny from in Indian production facilities, with a maiden batch of 184 units of the popular small 4x4 for Columbia Peru from the port of Mundra. The Jimny is being manufactured at Maruti’s Gurugram plant and the three-door SUV will be exported from India to countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Jimny is currently in its fourth generation and it was launched in Japan in 2018, and it also won the World Urban Car trophy at the 2019 World Car Awards.
Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said upon the occasion, “Jimny will fulfil aspirations of customers throughout the world. Jimny manufactured at Maruti Suzuki’s Gurugram plant shares the same specification as the export models produced at the Suzuki Motor Corporation’s Kosai plant in Japan. We are confident with Jimny we will be able to enhance our overall exports.”
Maruti Suzuki also issued a statement saying, "With India as a production base for Jimny, Suzuki aims to leverage Maruti Suzuki's global production stature. As there is a large customer demand worldwide well beyond Suzuki Japan capacity for this model, Indian manufacturing will supplement the capacity to meet this global demand.”
The fourth-generation Suzuki Jimny was showcased by Maruti Suzuki at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo to gauge the audience’s response. The Jimny in its export 3-door version will not be launched in India, as it is a very niche segment, Maruti has earlier stated. However, Maruti Suzuki also hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a 5-door version of the Jimny if there is enough customer demand.
In the international markets, Suzuki offers the Jimny with the 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine that produces 105 PS/130 Nm of max power and torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It is a full-time 4x4 SUV and also comes with a low-range transfer case if the going gets too tough. Whereas the old Maruti Gypsy was barebones and lacked creature comforts, the Jimny offers projector headlamps, hill hold control, hill descent control, ABS with EBD and much more. Maruti Suzuki also offers its SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If launched, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny will be competing with Force Gurkha and the all-new Mahindra Thar.