Maruti to launch Jimny as a Gypsy replacement in India in 2020, says new report


According to recent reports Maruti Suzuki is speculated to be developing a new SUV based on the Jimny Sierra which will be inducted as an off-road -biased iteration, comfortable enough for daily use.

Last year, the new Jimny was launched in Japan and it has garnered a huge positive response for its off-road capabilities and on-road refinement. Presently, the Jimny is only built in Japan from where it is exported to the rest of the world. However, recent reports suggest that Maruti Suzuki could kick off the production of a right-hand-drive version of the SUV at its Gujarat plant.

The Suzuki Jimny which is sold abroad is available with two engine options: a 660c, triple cylinder turbo petrol engine mainly for the Japanese market, and a much larger 1.5 liter-4 cylinder K-Series naturally aspirated petrol engine for the rest of the world. This engine is already on offer with many Maruti Suzuki cars including the Ertiga and Ciaz. Soon, it’ll be offered on the Maruti Vitara Brezza. This engine makes 104 Bhp-138 Nm, and gets a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard.

There’s a four speed torque converter automatic on offer as well. In the Jimny, this engine gets paired to a four wheel drive transfer case that has high and low ratios. The latest Jimny continues to be rear wheel driven, and part time four wheel drive vehicle. It gets a rugged ladder frame chassis, airbags, ABS, ESP, power steering, reverse parking sensors, air conditioning and a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.