Will Maruti’s Compact SUV XA-Alpha Be Based On Suzuki Jimny 2013 Platform?


For years the Jimny from Suzuki has been serving many markets as a hardcore off-road vehicle, but it lacked the modern feel to it. Although it does its off-roading job pretty well, looks do matter now a days and people tend to look for other alternatives if a car is unappealing.

To maintain the popularity level of the Jimny SUV, Suzuki has announced some styling refreshments to its compact 4×4 in the UK market. Suzuki has refreshed the styling comprehensively with a number of exterior and interior design updates, while not compromising with the tough reputation the Jimny has amongst its fans.

2013 Suzuki Jimny Updated Model UK

Talking about the changes made to the exterior of Jimny, it gets the following:

  • A new front bumper
  • A new front grille design
  • A new design bonnet shape with a scoop for air intake
  • Repositioned front fog lamps

2013 Suzuki Jimny Updated Model UK 1

The changes made to the front bumper are good enough and have resulted in a slight increase of 30 mm in overall length. Despite the increase in overall length, standing at 3675 mm the car still remains the most compact SUV on sale in the UK.

2013 Suzuki Jimny Updated Model UK side

Coming to the interiors now, the 2013 Jimny arrives with the following updates:

  • A new seat fabric trim has been adopted for the SZ3 model
  • Both SZ3 and SZ4 models have new design front and rear headrests
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings fitted as standard to the rear seats, on both SZ3 and SZ4 models

2013 Suzuki Jimny Updated Model UK interior

As for paint scheme options, the higher specification SZ4 model is now available in Breeze Blue which takes the total number to four; three metallic and one solid colour. The metallic paint won’t come for free and one will have to spend £399 for it.

Under the hood of the car is an all alloy 1.3 litre engine that features variable valve timing (VVT), ensuring good enough performance and strong fuel economy. The max power output is 85 PS while the peak torque is 110 Nm delivered at 4100 RPM. The engine delivers the near maximum torque starting from as low as 2500 RPM, giving the Jimny an appreciably good pulling power.

Coming to the Indian connection of Jimny, the Maruti XA-Alpha front looks a lot like it and we will not be surprised to see the production version of the XA-Alpha compact to be based on modified Jimny platform. Since it’s a tried and tested platform and is quite popular across various markets of the world, Maruti may go for a safer bet by making its sub-4 meter compact SUV to compete with likes of Quanto, EcoSport and Rio in India. We will keep an eye on the developments, stay tuned to Car Blog India for latest updates.