The waiting period of Suzuki Jimny has increased up to 1 and a half years in Japan, giving possibilities that the SUV might be delayed in India.
Suzuki Jimny has gained global appreciation for its off-roading capabilities and compact dimensions. It is very popular in the European countries, Japan and India as well. However, we are yet to get it. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the auto industry around the globe was affected. Mainly, the productions were shut down for more than a month which has landed the Jimny in trouble.
The waiting period for the off-roader has soared up to 1 and a half years in Japan. When it was launched first, Japan and Europe experienced the same waiting period. So if you book once Jimny in Japan now, you might get it by the end of 2021.
This also puts the question of whether the India launch remains affected by this or not. First of all, the Jimny for Japan will be different from the India-spec. We will be getting a 5-door version instead of a 3-door version. Also, the India-spec will be made at Maruti’s plant in Gujarat, completely from scratch.
There were reports that Maruti might soon start making the Jimny in India, which will include the 3-door version for export and the 5-door version for sale in India. If this is actually in working, then the Jimny is most likely to be delayed for our market. Earlier, Maruti was going to launch the Jimny by November, this year.
Under the hood, Jimny sports the same 1.5 Litre four-cylinder petrol engine that comes on other Maruti cars now. The engine is good for 104 PS and 138 Nm of peak torque, while coming paired with a 5-speed MT and a 4-speed AT. In Japan, it is a KEI car with just a 658cc engine that is good for 64 PS.
In India, it will replace the Maruti Gypsy which is now discontinued. In terms of pricing, expect the Jimny to be under the Vitara Brezza. Its expected price range could start off at Rs 8 Lakhs going up to Rs 10 Lakhs, max. Now, we have a worthy competitor for the Mahindra Thar coming up soon, but without a diesel engine.