Fourth-Gen Suzuki Jimny Is Infeasible, According To C V Raman

by Mohammed Burman | 16/09/2019
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The fourth-gen Suzuki Jimny has long been speculated to be launched in India as the second-generation Maruti Gypsy. Recently, it has been confirmed not to go to India.

In July 2016, rumours started appearing on the Internet that the fourth-gen Suzuki Jimny is going to replace the Maruti Gypsy and it will be manufactured at Suzuki's Gujarat plant. In March 2018, some potentialities of the vehicle’s launch in India have been mentioned by C V Raman, Senior Executive Director at Maruti Suzuki India Limited. Nevertheless, five months later, he dismissed its launch due to the low demand for a vehicle whose purpose is for entertainment like the Jimny.

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In 2019, again, it was rumoured that the fourth-gen Suzuki Jimny would be launched in India once more time. In August, this vehicle was reported to serve as the second-gen Maruti Gypsy in India soon. Several days later, the Jimny was reported to go on sale in India as a five-door model, which has greater potentialities of attaining a greater sales number.

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The Maruti Jimny has long been rumoured to be launched in India.

C V Raman has confirmed that the fourth-gen Suzuki Jimny will not come to Indian shores, either in the current three-door version or the five-door version. Commenting on the feasibility of the model on the Indian auto market, C V Raman stated that the 3-door format is a very-niche class of vehicles and not suitable for our country. Instead, India needs a five-door small SUV, which means the company requires to develop a new vehicle that would require time and money, but the low volumes for such a vehicle don't justify an investment at the moment. 

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The Maruti Jimny, if launched in India, would take on the likes of the Mahindra Thar and the Force Gurkha.

The global-spec Suzuki Jimny receives its power from a K15B 1.5-litre 4-cyl gasoline burner, which has been tuned to churn out a maximum power of 102 PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 130 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The transmission duties are undertaken by a 5-speed MT and a 4-speed AT. The AllGrip Pro part-time 4wd system with a low-range transfer gear is provided as a standard feature. If the Suzuki Jimny were launched in India, it would compete against the Force Gurkha and the Mahindra Thar.

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