Maruti Suzuki is planning to bring Gypsy’s international counterpart Jimny to Indian automotive market. The Japanese automaker Suzuki has been producing the mini SUV from 1970. Over the years, the car has received major overhauls but now Maruti Suzuki has planned to bring its 4th generation to India.
The company is planning to manufacture the car in Gujrat and the same will exported to other countries as well. Touted to reach the market in the year of 2017, Jimny will use Maruti Suzuki Baleno’s platform. The company might use their tried and tested 1.3L diesel motor for the same.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny Specs
Shifting the focus onto Jimny, the mini SUV will present itself with a 1.3-litre engine with variable valve timing ensuring a peppy performance and an improved fuel economy. With 109Nm of peak torque, the engine will be blessed with 85PS of max power.
The car will also be equipped with a push-button selectable four-wheel drive option. The gearbox will be tuned for high and low gear ratios, and as the chassis is compact and agile, Jimny SUV presents itself as an effective off-roader.
There’s no problem in accepting the fact that we are looking at the better and smaller version of the age-old Gypsy. Even though armed force personnel might swear by the performance of the Suzuki Gypsy, it is time for the vehicle to hang its boots.
Jimny will definitely make up for a better vehicle with handy in-car features. Although its size is going to be a matter of concern for those occasional highway drives, still on any given day, it is a better off-roader assembled within a compact body.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny Price and Release Date
The price for Suzuki Jimny is expected to be between 6-10 lakh segment, and the vehicle will be launched between January-June 2017.
India’s very own Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has been around since the 1980’s, and Gypsy as a vehicle was on the 3rd generation Jimny. One of the key differences amongst these vehicles was the Gypsy had a longer wheelbase while Jimny has always been a compact car.
As we all know, Gypsy has never been popular amongst the average consumer, but it has been the chosen petrol horse with most of the divisions within the armed forces. The extended wheelbase might be healthy for Off-roading but on city roads (coupled with its poor rear seat comfort), Gypsy was never near the choice of an average consumer. Add to the poor fuel consumption, the dynamics of the vehicle could never enhance the sales figure amongst city commuters.