Suzuki May Assemble Next-Gen Jimny/Gypsy In India, Could Launch It Here Too

  • Jul 27, 2016
According to legend, the Jimny name came about because of a spelling mistake - the compact-SUV from Suzuki, which would later become very popular across the globe, was actually supposed to be called the Jimmy. Most of us know it as the Gypsy - an SUV which commands respect even though it follows a completely different approach to tackling off-road terrain.

[caption id="attachment_102804" align="alignnone" width="800"]2013 Suzuki Jimny Front Right Quarter Photo of 2013 Suzuki Jimny used for illustrative purposes only[/caption]

Internationally, the Jimny has gone through three generations, the Gypsy in India is based on the second-gen model. The Gypsy was first launched here in 1985 and has seen some important changes especially in the engine and chassis departments - but there are many things that have remained unchanged. Recently though it has become quite difficult to get one's hand on a brand new Gypsy - you have to pay the whole on-road price of the SUV during booking, and the waiting period can change depending on how many others have placed an order for a new Gypsy. It is so difficult to get a new Gypsy that it is almost like the model has been discontinued, though Maruti will deny this fact.

According to reports, Suzuki may make India the hub for the production and export of the 4th generation Jimny. If that is true, it will be manufactured at the company's new plant in Gujarat; the new plant will become fully operational sometime in 2017. The export models will be headed to markets in South East Asia, the United Kingdom, European countries such as France and Germany, and even Brazil.

This news also raises hopes that the Jimny, in its three-door form or in a stretched form, may be launched in India as the new Gypsy. Built on the platform shared between the Baleno hatchback/Ignis/upcoming Swift, the new Jimny is expected to carry on the traits of the older model but with modern amenities. A lightweight chassis, a peppy petrol motor, proper off-road drivetrain and compact dimensions are what characterise a Jimny and that is expected to be carried over to the new generation as well.

[caption id="attachment_102805" align="alignnone" width="800"]2013 Suzuki Jimny Right Side Profile Photo of 2013 Suzuki Jimny used for illustrative purposes only[/caption]

The new Jimny will be primarily powered by the company's new 1.0-litre, BoosterJet turbocharged petrol motor; we will experience this motor in the upcoming Baleno RS and the Ignis first. The motor will be paired to a robust transmission and 4x4 system which should be able to tackle tough off-road conditions. Suzuki/Maruti could also offer automatic transmission(s) in the new Jimny/Gypsy.

If launched in India, expect the next-gen Maruti Suzuki Gypsy to be priced at par with the Mahindra Thar (which is priced at Rs 8.73 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi) as a thorough off-roader. Though it will be eligible for sub 4-metre tax concessions, it will be priced to not compete with the popular Vitara Brezza.

Will Maruti launch the new Jimny in India? We will have to wait and watch.

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