Interestingly, the Kie-spec Japanese version of the Jimny gets a tiny 660cc engine, and here's a video of a kitted-up JDM-spec Suzuki Jimny doing what it was actually designed for with that small engine.
The Suzuki Jimny is highly loved for its off-roading capabilities and affordable pricing. The car was recently showcased in the country at the Auto Expo 2020 and gathered a lot of eyeballs. However, the case would have been a lot more different if Maruti had showcased the car in its true-self i.e. showcasing its off-roading capabilities. Recently, we came across a video of Jimny on YouTube uploaded by ‘Style Wagon Dress Up Navi, where the car can be seen doing what it is designed for.
The video begins with a technician focusing on some features and specifications of the car. He speaks about car’s ground clearance and the clearance between the tires and wheel arches. He then showcases a Sierra version of the car alongside the Kie-spec Jimny, followed by a brief description about the suspension mods on his JDM-spec Jimny.
The technician then takes the Jimny on a trail, to showcase the car’s off-roading prowess. The off-roading expert start by taking a technical obstacle, however, gets the car beached. He then again starts climbing an incline in the kitted-up Jimny. That said, the car finds it tough to gain any traction and thus gets bogged down at the end. We expect the puny 660cc engine is the reason for SUV’s failure off the road as it seems a little under-powered for such a situation.
A walkaround video of Suzuki Jimny Sierra.
Focusing a little on the key differences between the JDM-spec Jimny and the Jimny Sierra, the former gets a 0.66L 3-cylinder petrol engine, while the latter gets a 1.5L 4-cylinder K-series engine. The power output for the JDM-spec Jimny is 64 PS/ 96Nm, while Sierra version’s motor belts out 101 PS/130 Nm. The transmission options are, however, same on each other – a 5-speed MT and a 4-speed torque convertor.
The JDM-sped Jimny gets a smaller 0.66L petrol motor in comparison to the bigger 1.5L unit seen on the Sierra version.
The Jimny is expected to be launched in India with the 1.5L K-Series engine. It will be produced locally at Maruti’s Gujrat based facility and will be sold via Maruti’s Nexa outlets. As we reported earlier, the car would also be produced for export markets, and thus Maruti will be able to price the car aggressively. Expect it to be priced at around Rs. 12.00 lakh ex-showroom.