The Suzuki Jimny has been making waves for quite sometime on the internet. So much, that the site administrator must have called us 10 times to get a story up. Unarguably one look at the new-gen Suzuki Jimny and you will feel that this car makes perfect sense for the Indian market. The tall stance, compact dimensions and those big wheels are every custom vehicle designer’s dream. Enough of the drools and shall we get on with the meat of the story then?
Suzuki has been teasing bits and pieces of the new Jimny. This fourth-gen SUV is as basic as things go in the modern frame of things and while it is the successor to the legendary Gypsy SUV, for now, the main markets will be Japan and Europe. Suzuki has now revealed the full images of the Jimny while details about its safety features as well as the engine are being awaited. The official launch according to the grapevine happens on July 5, 2018.
First off the mechanical bits that we are aware of and some added from the information Suzuki has passed on. The Suzuki Jimny is still being built on a ladder frame chassis albeit a more rigid one but with lesser weight. The suspension is made up of three-link rigid axles for better durability off-road. The four-wheel drive system is a two-speed unit and is a part-time unit. It also has a low-range gear transfer case.
Suzuki has ensured that each generation of the Jimny remains as different in approach while keeping the fundamental principle same. The 2019 Suzuki Jimny then uses a body structure which is not too different than the mighty Mercedes-Benz G-wagen. In a smaller package that is. Those round headlamps give it a classic look while the two-door frame and the 16-inch wheels give it a body-on-steroids look. The cabin has been given a modern lift too. In comes the 7-inch touchscreen system we Indian know all too well. It will have Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto, navigation and many more functions. There are also steering mounted audio controls and a auto climate control too is on offer. No button start for the engine will be offered though and buyers will have to make do with twisting the key. As far as safety features are concerned, four airbags, ABS with EBD and forward collision warning will be on offer.
The engine options will be a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol and a 0.66-litre petrol motors. A 5-speed manual and a 4-speed auto will be the transmissions provided. If it has to come down to the Indian market, a diesel is a pre-requisite. What else but the tried and trusted 1.3-litre DDiS in 75PS guise.
We believe Maruti Suzuki will bring the Jimny to India. The company did toy with the idea in 2011 but perhaps lack of interest then in the off-roading sector within the firm didn’t help matter much. The Gypsy still is a made to order product, however, as and when the Jimny comes in, it should be a regular on the showroom floors.