Enthusiasts have been waiting with bated breath for the Indian launch of the Maruti Jimny. Though the three-door may be unfeasible, we have this 5-door Jimny render which can work here.
Ever since the current-generation Maruti Jimny was showcased at 2020 Indian AutoExpo, enthusiasts have been eager to know when it is finally launching in the market. Maruti’s engineering head CV Raman has sadly downplayed the chances of the Jimny launching in its current three-door form. This is because three-doors in India are a very niche segment and the cost/profit ratio for the Jimny in India isn’t viable. Though the all-new Mahindra Thar may be bucking the trend currently with its success, it’ll have to be seen how well it performs in the long run. Fortunately, there is a slim chance Maruti may bring a 5-door version of the Jimny, and today we have this render of how it may look like.
The renders you see here are from Omkar Surve Designs, and you can clearly see how a longer Maruti Jimny may look like upon launch. The render keeps the new Jimny’s fluorescent yellow shade which suits the SUV well. The render gets an elongated wheelbase to accommodate the extra doors. As the regular Jimny is a 2+2 than a full 4 seater, space in the rear seats is quite cramped. The extra length of the 5-door version should free much-needed space for rear passengers. Forget the doors, the rear space the longer version will free up will make it a much more attractive product than a niche offering. It has to be noted that the venerable Maruti Gypsy was also based on an elongated wheelbase of the old Jimny, meaning Maruti has prior experience in this.
The Maruti Jimny would be probably be released as a 5-door version in India, as the 3-door one will be too impractical for our market. In the international markets, Maruti 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.