Published on April 3rd, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Suzuki Jimny foor-door version confirmed
Production will start in India at the end of 2020.
There was speculation for months on a five door version of all new Suzuki Jimny going into production. There were even renderings shared online on how a 4-door Jimny Jeep would look like and the online response globally to the pictures of the 4-door Jimny were all very positive.
Now comes news that Suzuki wants to start building the Jimny in India, for the Indian market and also for export and they are seriously considering a five-door Jimny using an extended wheelbase. Production in India is slated to start this year, 2020.
This is good news for Suzuki Jimny lovers in Malaysia as with the recent news that Suzuki is returning to Malaysia under the Naza Automotive Group, it would mean the return of the Jimny nameplate as well.
When will production start?
After the end of production of the Suzuki Gipsy for the Indian market, Maruti-Suzuki plans to start build the Jimny.
This all new 5-door Jimny will be built on a ladder-frame chassis and will feature rigid axles at both ends. This Jimny will continue to employ a four-wheel drive system with a low-range transfer case. The Indian specification 5-door Jimny will come powered by the 105hp, 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine that can also be found in the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Ertiga and Vitara Brezza.
Manufacture of this Jimny is set to commence at Maruti Suzuki’s Hansalpur plant in Gujarat, around June 2020 with the 3 door Jimny first and most of the production is earmarked for exports which would probably include Malaysia. Production of the 5-door Jimny will commence six months later with the output shared between India and export markets. Maruti will retail the Jimny 5-door at its premium Nexa outlets.
The current Maruti Gipsy is based on the former Suzuki Samurai
The Japanese Suzuki group is majority owner of the Indian brand Maruti-Suzuki. With a market share of over 50 percent, Maruti is the leading Indian car manufacturer. Until 2019 Maruti had still produced the Gipsy, which corresponded to the long version of the Suzuki Samurai that we had offered until 1998. The Gipsy was last sold in India for about RM36,500 before taxes and delivery.
We are sure, if this older version of the Suzuki Jimny is brought to Malaysia, there will be buyers from farms, small factories and even the construction industry ready to have one or two for their rough use.
Production of the all new Suzuki Jimny in Japan has reached its capacity limit due to high global demand, and the production costs in Japan are considerably higher than in India.