Maruti Suzuki is preparing to launch an all-new SUV in the Indian market. While many have suggested that the teaser images indicate the launch of the new Jimny, Maruti Suzuki has now released a new post saying that the “S-Cross was here”. Here is the new video.
The series of new posts are only to promote the current generation S-Cross and there are no changes to the car visually or mechanically. The S-Cross is sold through the Nexa dealerships and is powered only by a 1.5-litre petrol engine option.
Is Jimny coming to India?
The Jimny will come to India but the manufacturer is yet to announce a launch date on the car. Maruti Suzuki originally planned to launch the all-new Jimny by the starting of 2022 but it can very well get delayed.
Interestingly, Maruti Suzuki already manufactures the Jimny at its Gujarat plant in India. However, all the Jimny models manufactured here are for the export market. The assembly line currently only produces a three-door variant of the SUV. However, Indian customers will get a five-door variant specifically designed for the market. While Maruti Suzuki is yet to start testing the five-door version of the Jimny in India, a test mule was spotted a few weeks ago.
The all-new Jimny will compete with the Force Gurkha and the newly-launched Mahindra Thar. While both these vehicles get three doors, the Jimny will be stretched and sold as a five-door SUV from Day 1.
According to rumours, Mahindra and Force are also working to develop long-wheelbase versions of the Thar and the Gurkha in the Indian market. Maruti Suzuki, however, will not launch the three-door variant in the Indian market as it is less practical for families according to the manufacturer.
Maruti Suzuki showcased the all-new Jimny at the 2020 Auto Expo and received a lot of interest from the visitors.
The five-door Jimny is likely to get renamed as the Gypsy in the Indian market as it holds a lot of brand value and sentimental values in the market. The Gypsy remains one of the main workhorses of the armed forces in India.
Maruti Suzuki recently dropped the plan to developing BS6 compliant diesel engines in India after keeping that decision open for a few years. The future Maruti Suzuki cars will only offer CNG or petrol options and the Jimny will get the same.
In the International markets, the Jimny gets powered by the 1.4-litre mild-hybrid turbocharged petrol engine. However, the Indian version will get the more fuel-efficient 1.5-litre K-Series engine that powers a lot of Maruti Suzuki cars including the Ciaz, Vitara Brezza, Ertiga and more.
The engine produces a maximum power of 105 PS and a peak torque of 138 Nm. The engine will get a five-speed manual transmission and we may also get the four-speed torque convertor. The Indian-spec Jimny is likely to retain the 4X4 system.
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