Published on January 21st, 2021 | by Subhash Nair0
Suzuki Jimny Now Being Built In India As Well
Would you mind an Indian-made Jimny being available here?
The 4th generation Suzuki Jimny is one of the most sought after little off-roaders today and it’s not difficult to see why. The thing has a retro appeal yet delivers on modern expectations with regards to refinement and fuel efficiency. The problem is the availability and price is a little absurd. In just about every market where the Jimny has been introduced, it very quickly gets sold out. Suzuki’s not a large automotive company and in many countries, including our own, they’re either under-represented or absent.
But there’s hope yet! Late last year, the company expanded production of their Jimny to their Maruti Suzuki Gurgaon Plant in India. They’ve replicated the same specification of the export model that’s built at the Kosai Plant in Japan too, so there shouldn’t be much of a difference to the end-user.
It still features a K15B 4-cylinder engine and has both a manual and automatic option available.
The Indian-made Jimny is destined for export markets in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. These are mostly left-hand drive markets that they’re targeting, but India itself is a right-hand drive market. While not explicitly stated, it’s likely the factory there has the capability to build both variants. So we might just see a Made in India Jimny roll around our way if the Suzuki brand were to be revived locally.
Here’s the press release with more.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited, a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation has started production and exports of Jimny.
Jimny produced at Maruti Suzuki’s Gurgaon Plant in India shares the same specification as the export models produced at the Kosai Plant of Japan. They will be produced exclusively for exports to areas including Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.
The current generation of Jimny was launched in 2018, and since has been favoured and receiving orders from customers throughout the world. Through its production in India, Suzuki aims to reinforce its global production structure for delivering the products to customers in the earliest possible timing.
India is one the most significant production hubs of Suzuki for producing export units, and with the production of Jimny in India, Suzuki will continue to cooperate for economic development and activity of India while contributing to the “Make in India” initiatives by the Government of India.
<Main specification of Jimny in India (same as Japan production)>
- Overall length 3,645mm x width 1,645mm x height 1,720mm
- Engine: 1.5L
- Transmission: 5MT/4AT