The Jimny is a rugged compact off-road vehicle which can tackle bad roads without breaking a sweat.
Suzuki has officially unveiled the fourth-generation Jimny on its global website, which comes two decades after its predecessor’s launch.
For those unaware, the Jimny is Suzuki’s off-road focused mini SUV which has been sold globally since 1970. In fact, the Maruti Gypsy we have in India is the long wheelbase version of the second-generation Jimny which was sold from globally from 1981 - 1998.
Coming back to the new Jimny, it builds on the previous generations of the SUV and features characteristic boxy design and small dimensions that grant it a retro yet rugged look. However, it is not just the look, the Jimny is renowned for its off-roading prowess and the new version looks no different. It is based on a ladder frame construction and gets 4WD with low-range gearbox and high-profile tyres.
Inside, the Jimny continues with its retro-modern theme but does not miss on basic creature comforts. The cabin borrows some elements from the Ignis, but the overall dashboard layout on the new Jimny is cleaner and more symmetrical. Features like touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control and steering mounted controls are all present.
Globally, the new Jimny is expected to be powered by a range of Suzuki’s familiar petrol engines, which include the ubiquitous K-series 1.2-litre, 1.0-litre turbo (found on Baleno RS) and the new 1.5-litre which made its debut on the second-gen Ertiga. Rumours suggest that no diesel option will be available in Europe.
While not confirmed, the Jimny has been long rumoured to be launched in India. Given the popularity of lifestyle UVs like the Mahindra Thar, it is safe to assume that the Jimny has the potential to carve a niche for itself in our market. Plus, the good equipment levels and Maruti’s reputed aftersales would surely help its case.