Suzuki has recently started the production for its off-road contender ‘Jimny’ in its Japan-based production facility before an official unveils scheduled later this year. The new Jimny has good chances of becoming the new Maruti Gypsy for India. The design language of the next generation Suzuki Jimny is inherited largely from its predecessor version. Surprisingly, Suzuki has kept the rugged looks intact including the 4X4 capability, in spite of giving it a softer edge like its competitors in the same segment. This has been done keeping in mind the feedback received from the owners of the first generation Suzuki Jimny. On the exterior, the Jimny may come with squared-off wheel arches and tail-lights located low on the bumper.
Inside the cabin, Suzuki has kept the design idea of ‘function over form’, detailing the SUV with practical and rugged features. According to some pictures leaked last year, the dashboard has a touch screen panel but the buttons and other pinnings around the instrument panel are designed keeping in mind the off-road usability of the vehicle. It is interesting to note that the overall design presence of the Suzuki Jimny resembles a lot like the Mercedes Benz G-class. The heart, pumping power to the vehicle is yet to be revealed. For the new Maruti Gypsy, however, the company could use the turbocharged 1.0-litre, three-pot Boosterjet engine.
Car buffs in the country may rejoice by the fact that the Suzuki is likely to bring the Jimny in India in the iconic lime green shade which was popular in the last generation of Mercedes Benz G-class motor vehicle.
Jimny has a cult following all over the world for its off-road capabilities, and for those who value its capability-to-cost ratio. In India, the Gypsy has been a trusted companion for the Indian Armed Forces for over two decades. While there is no confirmation from Maruti as yet, the all-new Jimny may be seen on the Indian roads as the new Maruti Gypsy