You must have seen some off-road-ready examples of modified Suzuki Jimny, but this might be the first time that you'll come across track-spec Suzuki Jimny.
After almost three years from its first launch in 2018, Suzuki Jimny is scheduled to enter our market next year. In Japan, the Jimny is available in two versions, the regular Jimny and the Jimny Sierra. The latter is chosen to be launched in other foreign markets including India. Compared to the regular version, the Jimny Sierra gets some additional aesthetic enhancements like fender flares and more dominant front and rear bumpers. Recently, a car custom workshop called ESB Customs has attempted to modify the Jimny in a rather unusual way.
This Jimny is customized by ESB Customs
While most of the customized Jimny models out there are designed to appear more off-road-focused and rugged, EBS Custom decided to create an urban racing SUV. Instead of increasing the ground clearance of the Jimny to handle tough roads, the custom garage has lowered the ride height of the Jimny by 90 mm. They have used a custom CLS suspension with an anti-roll kit to do so.
On the front end, this Jimny gets a new CLS Barrel aero kit which makes the exterior look considerably more aggressive and rugged. This kit includes a restyled bumper, sharper triangular air intakes. In addition, the grille is slightly revised to look more stylish and aggressive. Other highlights of the exterior include the flared wheel arches, roof-mounted spoiler, and side skirts. Notably, the customized Suzuki Jimny gets a brand new all-white exterior paint scheme along with custom CLS wheels shod with low-profile tyres.
This modified Jimny is more a street racing SUV than a off-road-oriented car
The interior of this modified Jimny is not revealed yet. However, it is claimed to come with add-ons like custom CLS steering wheel and upholstery. Apparently, this modified Jimny is not qualified to ply on public roads. It was set to be displayed at the Tokyo Auto Salon. The event was supposed to take place this month; however, it is now cancelled. It means that we might have to wait a bit longer to finally see this customized Jimny at its full grace.
Going back to the Maruti Jimny, it is reported that this model will enter the Indian shore under the five-door configuration. In all likely hood, the India-spec Jimny will hit the showroom by July 2022.
In Japan, Suzuki provides two engine option for the Jimny, a 1.5-litre petrol engine for the Sierra and a 660 cc three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine for the regular version. On entering the Indian market, the Maruti Jimny is expected to draw power from a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder N.A petrol engine that makes 103 BHP and 138 Nm. This engine will come with both manual and automatic gearbox options. A 4-wheel-drive system is expected to be available as standard.