Maruti Suzuki wants to up its game in the SUV space and while the Futuro-e concept gives us a peek into what to expect, the company has also brought the Jimny to India at the 2020 Auto Expo. The model that has come to your shore is the bigger Suzuki Jimny Sierra, sold in Europe, instead of the shorter Kei car version of the SUV that is sold in Japan. The reigning 2019 World Urban Car of the Year may be rebadged Gypsy for India - since that model has had a cult following in urban and rural India. But the Jimny name has also been catapulted to stardom in India over the past few months.
Talking about the Suzuki Jimny, Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India said, "Suzuki Jimny with its compact design and superb off-road capabilities is an engineering marvel and speaks volumes about Suzuki's engineering capabilities. Masterfully designed to ensure reliable driving and ease of handling, Suzuki Jimny is a favourite amongst adventure enthusiasts. Jimny has been developed basis thorough research, assessing the expectations and requirements of professional users."
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Maruti Suzuki says that the Jimny has been showcased at Auto Expo just to assess response of the Indian consumers to the product. If and when it arrives, the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy/Jimny is likely to be sold via the Nexa retail channel and will have a premium positioning. This will help separate it from sibling Vitara Brezza, which will continue to sell through the Maruti Suzuki Arena retail channel.
The car will carry a relatively high local content and so expect pricing to be relatively aggressive - higher than the Vitara Brezza, but likely lower than and at par with the XL6 depending on the variant in question. The new Maruti Suzuki Gypsy/Jimny will use the same 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine that goes into the Ciaz, Ertiga and the XL6.
The new car will offer a 5-Speed manual transmission as standard, with the option of a 4-Speed torque convertor automatic on a few of the top-end variants. The automatic is the same gearbox we see on the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz too. Globally, the SUV also comes with Suzuki's All Grip Pro 4x4 system, however, whether the Jimny will get it in India or not in unknown. Also, the company may also introduce the Gypsy/Jimny in India with the SHVS or mild hybrid system as standard - though this remains unconfirmed.