The Suzuki Jimny is one of the world’s most liked and capable off-roader. It might be small and not very modern, but its capabilities off the beaten path are nothing to scoff at. While the Jimny nameplate has been with us for a long time, Suzuki launched the new-generation model in 2018. Those who are on a limited budget and/or always wanted a Jimny, had been waiting for the new one to hit the market. So when the Japanese automaker finally introduced the new-generation Jimny, it soon found itself in a pickle. While certain markets like the US were out of reach (due to its stricter emission norms) for the new Jimny, demand from Europe, Latin America and Japan was huge.
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However, Suzuki’s main production facility in Japan was already working at peak capacity. So there was no way for the company could keep up with the ever-increasing demand. Thankfully, Maruti Suzuki’s production facility in India was available and had the capacity to fill-in the gap. This is why, just recently, Suzuki decided to start a trial production run of the Jimny at Maruti’s plant in Gurugram. Finally, there came a time when the company decided that it could safely and efficiently make the Jimny here in India. Fast-forward to mid-January 2021, and the first batch of 184 units of the Suzuki Jimny have been built and exported from India to Latin America. To be more exact, the first batch is bound for Colombia and Peru.
Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India, said, “Jimny will fulfill aspirations of customers throughout the world. The Jimny manufactured at Maruti Suzuki’s Gurugram plant shares the same specification as the export models produced at the Suzuki Motor Corporation’s Kosai plant in Japan. We are confident that with the Jimny, we will be able to enhance our overall exports.”
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In the near future, Maruti Suzuki will continue to produce and export the Jimny to various markets like Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. And as efficiency grows, chances are that Suzuki’s Indian arm will be able to churn out more Jimnys to meet any future demand. As I mentioned earlier, the Suzuki Jimny is a pretty small SUV. In fact, it is shorter in length than some large family hatchbacks. It only measures 3,645mm in length, while its width and height stand at 1,645mm and 1,720mm, respectively. Meanwhile, the Jimny’s curb weight is only around 1,100 kg, but it does boast an impressive 210mm of ground clearance. Also, as you can see, this new Jimny definitely looks a lot like a G-Wagen – albeit a small one.
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The Suzuki Jimny isn’t the most feature-packed car in the world. But it does get automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless entry & go, plus a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. Though it is a proper SUV with four-wheel-drive and a low-range gearbox, the Jimny’s engine is a tiny 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder unit. This petrol motor makes 101hp and 130Nm of torque, and comes paired to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Still, don’t let those small numbers fool you. The Jimny is like a small mountain goat – small in dimensions but extremely capable in its abilities to traverse rough terrain. On a slightly sadder note, Maruti Suzuki hasn’t mentioned any launch date for the Jimny in India.