Indian market is spewing with SUVs, with consumer leaning more towards a tradition of big space with less money. The compact SUV has caught many eyes since their inception and have made a strong hold in the in the Indian car market, where the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) released some figures that shows 9.2 lakh SUVs were sold in 2017-18 against 7.6 lakh units in the previous year.
Suzuki has unveiled the new Jimny and expect it to make its launch in the country by early 2019. The cute-little SUV gets a boxy and simple design (not loosing its charm just like old times as seen in Gypsy and its predecessor), and might even confuse you with a Mercedes G-Class in first glimpse with its round headlamps, squared and bulging wheel arches. For those who are wondering over this model, we already had a long wheelbase version of this in India for quite a long time,‘Gypsy’. Here are few interesting things that you need to know about the new Suzuki (Maruti) Jimny.
The new-generation Jimny is based on the existing ladder frame structure. Nonetheless, the platform has been modified with additional suspension components for better steering feedback and increased torsional rigidity. That apart, it features 3-link rigid axle suspension along with part time four-wheel-drive layout. Suzuki claims that the new Jimny has been developed using the feedback from existing Jimny owners, who likes its off-road abilities and robustness higher than on-road performance. Dimensionally, it measures 3480mm in length, 1645mm in width and stands 1725mm tall with a wheelbase of 2250 mm. It will be well acknowledged by the Indian consumers for its good ground clearance at 210mm.
In the International market, the 2019 Suzuki Jimny is offered with 4 engine options, where all these units would be in petrol guise, no diesel engine on offer. The JDM spec model gets 660cc RA06 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that makes 63bhp with 95Nm, while other bigger engines include a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder Boosterjet petrol, the naturally aspirated 1.2-litre engine and a 1.5-litre engine (for European market) along with a four wheel drive system with some. But, we can expect the India-bound new Jimny to come with a 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol and 1.2-litre engine, same that serves many other products by brand such as Swift, Dzire, Ignis, to name a few, though, the Boosterjet engine has not made its way in the country yet.
More interestingly, the new Jimny would come with an all-new interior (All-Black), somewhat similar to to the new Swift. Giving it a rugged and pure SUV-ish touch, Suzuki has given a simple designed dashboard layout and also to the controls. A 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is what you can expect it to get along with automatic climate control and others. Dashboard design is simple and control buttons are pretty simple and easy to use. Being an SUV, it would get a decent space to seat its passengers comfortably. It gets a boot space of 85 litres that can be further expanded to 377 litres with the rear seats folded.