It has been common knowledge for some time that India’s leading automaker, Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL), has been manufacturing and selling its off-road lifestyle SUV, the three-door Jimny. However, Auto car India recently revealed that the manufacturer had suspended production of the popular SUV at its Gurugram facility. The upgrade of the production line to make room for the forthcoming Jimny five-door SUV for our home market has been cited as the cause of the delay. It has been reported that production has been halted since October.
The popular off-road vehicle Gypsy was once manufactured on the same assembly line as the contemporary three-door Jimny. The five-door Jimny will be manufactured on the same assembly line as the current model once the company introduces it to the local market. In January 2023, the business is expected to unveil the long-awaited Jimny five-door. The YWD SUV has been sighted multiple times during testing sessions in various locations across the country.
Prior to stopping, the Gurugram facility was exporting three-door Jimnys to left- and right-hand-drive countries in Africa and the Middle East. Production of the ladder on frame chassis Jimny siblings is expected to continue on a separate line at the factory.
From what we’ve heard, MSIL wants to crank up between 5,000 and 6,000 of the five-door Jimny every month. This estimate is not implausible given the eagerness of consumers to purchase this type of off-road vehicle. It has also been speculated that the corporation may not call it the Jimny five door, but rather bring back the legendary Gypsy brand to further add the nostalgic name appeal.
Although the Jimny five-door SUV will make its world premiere at next month’s New Delhi Auto Expo, the market launch and pricing announcement will be postponed until the upcoming Indian monsoon. Although the monsoon season is regarded by off-road aficionados as the off-road season, the SUV won’t be ready for purchase until August 2023, according to industry insiders, because the business wants to advertise the SUV as more of a lifestyle car with proper off-road equipment.
The older K15B petrol engine that powers the 3-door version of the Jimny was recently rumoured to be used in the SUV. Until recently, the Jimny five-door SUV was scheduled to make the conversion from the K15B petrol engine to the newer and more modern K15C engine like the rest of Maruti Suzuki’s lineup. In spite of this, it looks that the upcoming SUV will be powered by the same 1,462 cc four-cylinder normally aspirated petrol engine that now drives the outgoing model. This engine produces 102 Ps and 130 Nm of maximum torque. This powerplant can be paired with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
Because the new 6-speed automatic transmission is only offered with the K15C series engine, the Jimny’s K15B engine will instead come standard with Suzuki’s AllGrip Pro 4WD. Additionally, the Jimny’s K15B engine will be offered with a mild hybrid system, further enhancing the SUV’s already impressive fuel economy.