Maruti Suzuki has kept its promise of showing us the Suzuki Jimny and has displayed the car at the Auto Expo 2020. The mini-SUV, as some may term it, has intrigued enthusiasts across the globe, including us in India, by its simplicity, capability and nostalgia. The Jimny is the successor of the legendary Maruti Suzuki Gypsy that has served Indians for the last three decades through the armed forces as well as civilians, driving them to impossible locales.
Built on an entirely new platform, the Jimny was unveiled in Japan more than a year ago and retains its petite proportions. It is less than four metres in length, just over 1600mm in width and is over 1700mm tall. But, it has a ground clearance of 210mm and an approach angle of 37 degrees, departure angle of over 45 degrees, pegging it in the league of off-roaders like the Jeep Wrangler and Land Rover Defender.
Since it is small and light, the 1.5-litre 100bhp 130Nm torque petrol engine proves more than enough to power it out of the most difficult slopes and ditches with its custom developed All-grip Pro four-wheel drive technology. The light weight also comes as an advantage in mud, slush and sand where the Jimny doesn’t sink like the heavyweights, adding to its potential.
Essentially being a mud-rutter, luxuries aren’t really a part of the package but the car showcased in India gets it all – airconditioning, power windows, touchscreen display, LED headlamps and more creature comforts. If it does go on sale here, a lot of these components will be sourced from other Maruti cars to keep the costs low.
Coming to that, if Suzuki imports the Kimny to India as a CBU, it will be have to have an exorbitant price tag of about 25 lakhs. To keep it somewhere between Rs 15 to 20 lakhs, Suzuki will have to assemble it in the local market and share local components. But to get there, the numbers should be justified. All said and done, a lot of enthusiasts would still be hoping for the Suzuki Jimny to recreate the Gypsy charm in India and if Maruti can look at a Rs 15 lakh price tag, we might see some on the road as well.
Also at Auto Expo 2020