Fresh reports suggest that the globally popular Suzuki Jimny based mini SUV might launch in India, and can be seen at the 2020 Auto Expo.
In the global markets, Suzuki launched the brand-new Jimny last year, which took a liking of many SUV enthusiasts over the world. Such was a response that in most of the markets that it was being sold, it was sold out for a year.
Just as it launched in India, there were many rumours of it coming to India as a replacement for the Gypsy. Now, reports from Japanese media confirm the happening and the Indian market is likely to get the Suzuki Jimny in 2020.
Reports suggest that the upcoming mini-SUV will be based on the Jimny and will get the same dimensions and the off-roading stance. It would not be as rugged as the retro-cool Gypsy, but will be a much modern-looking off-roader.
Expect the Suzuki Jimny-based SUV in India to get the same ladder-frame chassis, 4WD system and a low range gearbox for off-roading. Further, you will get chunky tall tires with much higher ground clearance.
Since it will be a mini-SUV, Maruti might put the 1.2 Litre petrol engine from the WagonR, Swift and other small cars in the Jimny. Either, it could come with the 1.0 Litre turbo-petrol engine from the Baleno RS.
The 1.2 Litre petrol engine produces 82 BHP and 113 Nm of peak torque. The Jimny will only come with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Expect the Jimny to be BS-6 compliant right from the day of launch.
Features onboard will be the same that come on the Swift and Dzire. You can expect large touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Auto AC, projector LED headlamps, electric ORVMs with turn indicators and much more.
Safety features onboard will include dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and rear-view camera and dual-sensor brake support. It might also come with a differential locking system.
Expect Maruti to price the Jimny in the range of Rs 6-8 Lakhs, a similar price range as of the Gypsy. In this price range, you can get other mini-SUVs like the Mahindra KUV100 or the upcoming Tata H2X.