Wednesday, June 07, 2023
By Kamal Swami
Maruti Suzuki Jimny Debuts In India
The country's leading carmaker and the Indo-Japanese carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Limited has launched the highly-awaited Jimny SUV in the Indian car market with a starting price of Rs. 12.74 lakhs (ex-showroom) for entry-level variant and going high up to Rs 15.05 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-end trim. It will be available in six trims. With the launch of Jimny Maruti aims to strengthen its position in the SUV segment, however, the SUV is not new to the Indian car market. The carmaker has been exporting its two-door version in the selected markets. In India, the SUV made its entrance late. The interesting factor to appreciate about Jimny launched in India is that it is a five-door version and has been awaited by Indian buyers for a long time. It is believed that with the changing lifestyle and the shifting interest of buyers towards SUVs, the launch of Jimny will bolster the sales of Maruti Suzuki India Limited.
Speaking about the mechanical aspects, Jimny receives power from a 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine, boosting the power of 105 hp and a torque of 134 Nm. It also receives an AllGrip Pro 4WD system and low gearboxes with '2WD high', 4WD high' and 4WD low. It also has an electronic traction control system and a three-link rigid axle suspension system. Dimensionally Jimny is 3,985 mm long, 1,645 mm wide, and 1,720mm tall. The wheelbase measures 2,590 mm. The notable feature of Jimny is the spacious cabin, followed by smooth entry and exit from the rear doors. The list of interior features includes black-coloured interiors, a nine-inch main infotainment system that supports connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a semi-digital display and many more.
On the safety front, it comes equipped with six airbags, a rear-view camera, ABS+EBD, ESP with a hill hold assist system, and others. The colour will include both single and dual-tone colour options including Bluish Black, Kinetic Yellow with Bluish Black Roof, Sizzling Red with Bluish Black Roof, Nexa Blue, Sizzling Red, Granite Gray and Pearl Artic White. Developed on a ladder-frame chassis and with a non-independent front and rear suspension system. Compared to other vehicles manufactured by the carmaker Jimny has a rugged look and is speculated to present tough competition to Mahindra Thar.