Following the strong reception of the vehicle at the 2020 Auto Expo, Maruti is reportedly planning to launch the Suzuki Jimny, aka next-gen Maruti Gypsy, in India soon.
According to a few recent reports, Maruti Suzuki Indian Limited (MSIL) is currently establishing a production line for the Jimny/Gypsy at its Gurgaon plant. As reported earlier, the Jimny has a huge demand in the international market, which could be eased by establishing a second production plant for the car. Currently, the vehicle is only produced in Suzuki’s plant in Kosai City, Shizuka Prefecture, Japan, and then exported to all over the globe.
Maruti is reportedly establishing a production line for Jimny/Gypsy in India
Followers of IndianAuto might know that Maruti already exports carts for Suzuki from India, thus it wouldn’t be a stretch for the company to do the same for the Jimny/Gypsy. In fact, Maruti had crossed an export figure of a million cars in September last year. The exports aren’t just limited to Maruti; Hyundai, Mahindra, Tata, and other mass-market manufacturers also do the same. General Motors, even after shutting down sales operation in India, continues to manufacture and export a huge number of vehicles. Other than that, local manufacturing would help Maruti keep the price of the new Gypsy in check, thus making this a win-win situation for both, the manufacturer and the buyers.
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The Gypsy that will eventually go on sale in India will be the 5-door version, known internationally as the Jimny Sierra. It has a longer wheelbase than the regular Jimny, and is powered by a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that churns out a maximum power of 102 PS and a peak torque of 130 Nm. This engine is already manufactured in India, and powers the Ciaz, Vitara Brezza facelift, and S-Cross petrol. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic.
Suzuki Jimny (Maruti Gypsy) is an extremely capable off-roader
To complement the Jimny’s off-road prowess, it features a part-time ‘All-Grip” 4-Wheel-Drive system. That, along with the extremely potent, yet lightweight, ladder-frame chassis, helps the car traverse any terrain. Once it goes on sale as the Gypsy, its closest rival will be the Mahindra Thar, which is slated for a generation change soon.