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Maruti Suzuki Jimny (next-gen Gypsy) might launch in India in 2018

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The next-gen Suzuki Jimny will be manufactured in India, if recent reports doing rounds on the Internet are to be believed. Suzuki is expected to make India the manufacturing hub for the next-gen Jimny, which will also be exported to markets like Brazil, United Kingdom, and Indonesia. This step has been taken after the current Government’s lucrative Made in India initiative which is helping Suzuki to make and export vehicles a lot more affordable. Though there has been no official announcement yet, it is being speculated that the Jimny will be produced in the company’s new manufacturing facility in Gujarat.

The Jimny is probably that product from Suzuki’s international portfolio which carries with itself a very deep and comprehensive heritage. It is the oldest name plate in the carmaker’s lineup. The first-gen Jimny was introduced back in the year 1970, which was then referred to as the ‘Light Jeep’ LJ10. This model got a comprehensive update with the second-generation Jimny, which was sold in the period from 1981 to 1998. Since then, the third-gen model has been on sale, making it the longest running generation of the Jimny.

TRIVIA: Do you fancy the Maruti Gypsy? Ofcourse you do! The Gypsy is counted amongst one of the most recognizable vehicles in all parts of the country. As a matter of fact, the Maruti Gypsy is basically a long wheelbase version of the second-gen Suzuki Jimny.

As a result, since the all-new Jimny will be produced in India, it is obvious for Maruti Suzuki to launch it in the Indian market as well. The carmaker can add two more doors to the Jimny by stretching its length a bit, while making sure that the overall length isn’t more than 4-metres long. This can help the company to sell it as a hard-core off-roader that is placed in the lower excise duty bracket.

Moreover, since the Jimny is a new name for the Indian market, Maruti might shed this moniker and rather revive the extremely popular Gypsy nameplate for the domestic audience. Speculations also suggest that the automaker is thinking about the Samurai brand for its new compact off-roader.

 

Maruti Suzuki Jimny India Launch

The Jimny is expected to be produced at Maruti’s new Gujarat manufacturing plant, as both of the company’s current production plants in Gurgaon and Manesar are already over-occupied. Since the Gujarat plant will start its operations from later next year (2017), it is expected that the Maruti Jimny launch in India will be scheduled for the first half of 2018.

 

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Maruti Suzuki Jimny India Engine and Specifications

The Gypsy’s strength was its lighter body, which was mainly a result of a smaller engine under its hood. The Jimny is expected to boast of similar characteristics, as it will likely house Suzuki’s 1.0-litre BoosterJet petrol engine. This is the same engine which will debut in the Indian market this festive season, under the hood of the Baleno RS. It is expected to churn out around 110 BHP of power.

The company will be offering both manual and automatic transmission options for the Jimny. Additionally, an All-Wheel Drive system will also be provided as an option on the top-end trims.

There is also possibility that Maruti Suzuki might plonk a diesel engine under the hood of the Suzuki Jimny in India, mainly because of the love for diesels in the Indian customers’ minds. But since the inclination of the market is showcasing a radical shift to petrol powered cars all over again, it remains to be seen whether Maruti takes the plunge and launches it with a sole petrol engine.

 

Maruti Suzuki Jimny India Price

Now this is one trait where the Jimny might struggle. The 1.0-litre BoosterJet engine is reportedly costlier than the 1.2-litre K Series motor, mainly due to the added turbocharger and lower levels of localization. This means that the Jimny will attract a relatively higher manufacturing cost. Then there is the hugely populated portfolio of Maruti Suzuki. Since the automaker already has a compact SUV named the Vitara Brezza in the Indian market, it will likely place the upcoming Suzuki Jimny at a slightly lower price bracket, owing to the fact that the Brezza is a more loaded and urban SUV, while the Jimny’s traits lie in its ruggedness and crude character. We expect the Jimny to be priced between INR 5 – 7 lakhs ex-showroom.

Once launched, the Jimny will make itself a niche segment of hard-core compact off-roaders. It will also be the only product on offer in the Indian market that has an All-Wheel Drive system, under the 4-meter length bracket.

Source – CarandBike