Suzuki Confirms Launching Jimny In India, To Be Sold As Gypsy
Maruti Suzuki has finally given in to our incessant begging and decided to bring it off-roading world icon, Jimny to India. After its massive success since it made its debut in 2018, Jimny will be finally entering the Indian market. According to exclusive reports by carandbike, Jimny will make its Indian debut before the end of 2019. Guess we won’t have to wait for too long, yay!
The mini-SUV took the world by storm and won the “2019 World Urban Car of the year” and has received a positive response from critics and enthusiasts alike. After the production of India’s favourite off-roader, Gypsy was shut down last year, leaving its fan-following with a broken heart, everyone anticipated Suzuki to announce the arrival of Jimny as the next generation Gypsy. But Suzuki had revealed that it had no plans to launch Jimny in the Indian market.
With people in the Indian auto world humming the tunes of bringing Jimny to India, Suzuki has agreed. The Suzuki Jimny is, however, going to be rebadged as ‘Gypsy’ for the Indian market. This is mainly to be done due to the cult status Gypsy enjoys here. The other reason cited for rebadging is because the Indian-spec will be slightly bigger than the international variant. Meanwhile, the Indian car will be based on the same platform, share the same powertrain, transmission and components with the global Jimny Sierra.
When the new Suzuki Jimny goes on sale in India, it will be sold exclusively through the company’s premium Nexa dealership. The step will help position Jimny separately from its sibling Vitara Brezza, which will continue to sell through the Maruti Suzuki Arena retail.
The Indian-spec model though based on the Sierra variant will be developed for Indian with 5 doors as standard. The car will, however, be under 4-metres in length, which allows it to receive tax benefits. Upon its launch, Jimny will have a 1.5-litre K15-series petrol power plant. It’s the same engine as used in Ertiga, Ciaz and the upcoming XL6. The Jimny will also get the same standard 5-speed manual and optional 4-speed torque-converter automatic transmission as the XL6.
Suzuki Jimny for the Indian market will be manufactured locally at the company’s plant in Gujarat. This will bring down the price of the car and allow Suzuki to be very competitive against its competition.