Maruti Suzuki Jimny is one of the craziest mini off-roaders now. The real-life Mk4 Suzuki Jimny image has been digitally edited and the result is exactly what the 2021 Maruti Gypsy (Indian Suzuki Jimny) looks like.
The Mk2 Suzuki Jimny may be launched in India in the original, 3-door version, but the Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5 door will reach our market hopefully in 2021.
This more practical version has an expanded wheelbase but does not measure more than 4,000mm, thus attracting as little GST as possible (for ICE vehicles). Its design should be more or less the same as the 3-door version.
It is not yet known whether Maruti Suzuki will once again use the Gypsy name to boost its established status in India, or whether it will become a global name for the Jimny w / o Sierra suffix.
Although the 3-door version is made specifically for the 4WD drivetrain layout, the 5-door version may be offered to make 2WD more accessible. Sure, this is the opposite of what Jimny means, but eliminating the 4×4 system can lead to much cheaper and more fuel.
Above all, price and fuel economy are two key factors for sales success in India.
Under the hood, the 2021 Maruti Gypsy will feature a K15B 1.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine. Internationally, the Mk4 Suzuki Jimny 3-Door’s K15B engine is tuned to produce 102 PS at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.
5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission options are available.
Is Maruti Suzuki Jiminy 5 Door coming to India?
The short answer is yes! For a longer answer, we need to rewind a little. The fourth-generation Suzuki Jimny debuted internationally in 2018 and India has also received a lot of speculation about modeling opportunities.
Stopping Gypsy in 2019 paved the way for the arrival of the new Jimny. However, Maruti Suzuki has long maintained that there is no strong business case for a low-volume product like Jimny’s.
Maruti Suzuki is already planning to produce a 3-door Jimny at its Gujarat plant. It will be a 100% export unit. Jimmy’s Indian Edition will also be launched in the same plant within 6 months. We can expect the Jimny Suzuki to hit the market through Nexa dealerships and come in at a price tag of Rs 10 lakh.
3 door Jimny which is 4X4 has not been launched in India but still, there are chances that Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5 Door may be launched parallelly.
But with Jimny becoming somewhat of a sales sensation in overseas markets, and Suzuki’s Kosai plant reaching full capacity, additional production was needed. India and Maruti Suzuki come here. To supplement production from Kosai, Suzuki is setting up a new assembly line for the Jimny at its plant in Hansalpur, Gujarat, where it has unused capacity.
Therefore, large export volumes give Maruti Suzuki the economies needed to make Jimny a viable product in India. Local manufacturing begins in the second half of 2020, with the first six months of production exclusively for exports.
What Jimny are we getting in India?
Two versions of the Jimny are on sale in Japan – the standard model and the Sierra – the European market being the second without the Sierra badge. It meets the needs of the country to qualify as a standard Japanese-spec Jimny Key car – it has a 660cc petrol engine and is powered by a 3.4 mpg engine. The Suzuki Jimny Sierra (henceforth known as the Euro-spec Jimny) gets a little body cladding that makes it slightly larger (about 3.5 meters long) and comes with a larger 1.5-liter engine.
First, it is made in the Euro-spec Jimny India. Come 2021, Suzuki will launch a large, 5-door model in India and this is the version that will go on sale in our market. The model yet to be revealed is promising to a practicality-oriented Indian buyer.
What engine and gearbox options are on offer?
First things first. Jimny is not supplied with a diesel engine, it also applies to India. The 105-hp / 138 Nm, 1.5-liter K15B petrol engine that you will find under the bonnet of the Ciaz, Ertiga, Vitara Brezza, and soon S-Cross will be powered by the India-spec Jimny.
However, Suzuki’s SHVS lightweight-hybrid system is unlikely to be in Jimny’s. Gearbox options include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque converter automatic. Although the engine and gearbox seem to be a huddle, the Jimny differs from its off-road hardware – part of the lower-end four-wheel-drive package.
How much does it cost Jimny?
The 5-door Jimny is less than four meters in length. However, the use of the 1.5-liter petrol engine means that Jimny does not meet other criteria to qualify for smaller car excise excursions. However, Maruti is targeting a sub-10 lakh price tag for the model.
There is some price overlap with Maruti’s other compact SUV, the Vitara Brezza, but due to their fundamental differences, the two SUVs can meet very different buyers. To add even more difference to the package, Maruti retails the Jimny from its premium Nexa outlets.