It's time for yet another glimpse of the conspicuous Maruti Suzuki Jimny, straight from Mumbai, as a 3-door offering in bright blue colour!
The Maruti Suzuki Jimny has been one of the most anticipated offerings in India. After last being spotted in March 2021, the Thar-rival has been spied being tested on Indian roads again – this time on the crowded roads of Mumbai in an undisguised 3-door version. Although Maruti Suzuki began production and export of the Made-in-India Jimny for international markets such as Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East long back, the brand is yet to finalise the reveal date for Indian buyers. It is likely that a 5-door variant instead of a 3-door model will be offered here.
One has to be living under a rock to be unaware of the storm Mahindra created with its un-rivalled offering in the budget lifestyle off-road segment – the Thar. Although the Force Gurkha is present in the market, it's a different ballgame altogether. If the rumours are true, Maruti Suzuki is still testing waters and analysing customer feedback to ascertain Jimny’s viability in its Indian portfolio. The brand is currently assessing the pricing and component supply, for such vehicles generally generate low volumes.
The Maruti Suzuki Jimny once offered in India will feature a slightly longer wheelbase than the one made for international buyers, with comparatively more luggage area and more space for rear-seat passengers. It will offer a ground clearance of 210mm. In the international markets, the Jimny draws power from a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder K15B petrol engine, churning 101bhp at 6,000rpm and 130Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. Mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission, the same combination is expected to be offered in India as well, with mild-hybrid tech. Once launched, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny will be a niche product, with a 4x4 mechanism, in its class.