By Auto Crat
If you have been missing the Maruti Gypsy of late, Maruti Suzuki, India’s leading car manufacturer, is coming up with a completely refurbished variant of that soon. It is called the Jimny, a compacty SUV that has taken the low end SUV market of the world by storm. So far, what was available was the 3-door Jimny. Now, tailored for India’s needs, Maruti Suzuki is launching a 5-door variant.
While the 3-door Jimny is still in the waiting period, the company has confirmed the 5-door Jimny launch too. The company unveiled the Jimny concept at the 2020 Auto Expo.
Quite like its 3-door sibling, the Jimny 5-door will also come powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. It is expected to deliver a power output of 103 HP and 138 Nm of torque. The 3-door variant is more popular in other countries, and the company is possibly positioning this manufacturing FOR export from India. The main target of the 5-door variant is likely to be the home market and in some other parts of Asia.
The India launch date of the 5-door variant is July this year, as per reports. This has been locally developed and has been given a code name YWD.
The car comes under the off-road category and will be in direct competition with Mahindra Thar, Force Gurkha and Ford EcoSport. The last will be an easy one, because, despite the huge credibility enjoyed by the EcoSport, Ford itself has ceased manufacturing in India. While that is a loss for Ford lovers – and there are many – it will be a benefit for the other two in the market.
The Jimny 5-door will be sold through NEXA dealers.
Similarities between the Jimny and the Gypsy are many. The Gypsy was a classic of the 1990s and a very popular car in that era. It was also widely used by the Indian ASrmy and other security orders. The engine capacity remains the same, but there are some unique design upgrades.
The Jimny comes with stylish black interiors. It is not splashy, yet handsome. As expected the controls are designed for quick and easy operation even when wearing gloves.
Four Ss will describe this: straight, simple, straightforward and sensible. There is minimal use of colour that can distract you – remember, this is meant to be an off-roader, and the expected terrain will not be the one you generally drive to office or to the mall on. Hence, everything has been kept, simple. A lot of thought has gone into designing that. Yet, it is attractive, in its own way.
The front fascia of the rendered Maruti Jimny looks more rugged than its 3-door version. The SUV carries a black bodyguard on the radiator grille and the round fog lamps have been replaced with sleek stripes. The vehicle also gets a revised bonnet. The 5-door Jimny will be based on a longer wheelbase than the 3-door model and have more cabin space to offer. The bigger Jimny has a C-pillar along with revised rear bumper and tail lamps. The tailgate-mounted spare wheel has also been removed.
From the Inside, The new Jimny’s cabin is way more modern and feature-loaded than the previous model. It gets an all-black interior scheme with modern features like a SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Let us put one thing straight. The Jimny is meant for serious off-road experiences. Built on a robust ladder frame, it has three ample body angles, 3-link rigid axle suspensions with coil springs and 4WD with a low-range transfer gear. The 1.5 litre engine takes you wherever you want to go with unrivalled agility and powerful torque when you need it most.
There are full-width rigid axles in both the front and rear, which help the Jimny ensure superior grip on diverse surfaces. When an obstacle pushes one wheel up, the axle presses the other wheel down to increase tyre contact in rough road conditions.
The 1.5L engine generates strong torque throughout a wide rpm range for powerful off-road performance. Small and lightweight, it also delivers high fuel efficiency.
Brake LSD Traction Control
If two wheels diagonal from each other lose grip while you’re travelling over slippery surfaces, this feature is designed to automatically brake the slipping wheels and redistribute torque to the other two wheels, allowing the Jimny to make its escape.
If the vehicle is “wandering” due to your drowsiness or fatigue, this system is designed to issue audio and visual warnings to keep you alert.
Lane Departure Warning: The Jimny helps you stay on track. Should you unintentionally stray from your lane while driving at high speed, this feature is designed to vibrate the steering wheel and issue a visual warning to encourage safer driving.
Traffic sign recognition: When the system detects traffic signs such as speed limit and no passing signs, it shows them on the meter display to help you remember which road signs the car has passed.
Transmission options consist of a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The car also gets Suzuki AllGrip part-time AWD system with a low-ratio transfer case.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door SUV 2021 – Expected Price
Base Variant – Rs 7.30 Lakhs.
Top Variant – Rs 10.50 Lakhs.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5 – Door SUV
Engine type – 1.5-litre naturally aspirated K15B petrol engine
Displacement – 1,462 cc
No. of cylinders – 4
Power – 104 bhp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque – 140 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission – 5-speed Manual or 4-speed torque-converter Automatic
Emission Standard – BS-6
Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door SUV – Dimensions & Weight
Length – 3,995 mm
Width – 1,475 mm
Height – 1,725 mm
Wheelbase – 2,250 mm
Ground Clearance – 205 mm
No. of Doors – 5
Seating Capacity – 5-Person
No. of Seating Rows – 3-Rows
Boot spac – 85-litres
Fuel Tank Capacity – 40-litres
Suspensions, Brakes & Steering
Front Suspension – McPherson Strut with Coil Spring
Rear Suspension – Torsion Beam with Coil Spring
Front Brake Type
Rear Brake Type – Drum
Steering Type – Power-assisted (Electric)
Alloy Wheels :
Front Tyres – 235/65 R17
Rear Tyres – 235/65 R17
Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door SUV 2021 – Features
- A Smart play touch screen infotainment system with Android
- Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Round Shape Instrument Console
- Steering Mounted Control
- Cruise Control
- Rear AC Vents
- Automatic Climate Control
- Multi-function Steering Wheel
- Ignis-like aircon vents
- Swift-like steering wheel
- Automatic Headlamps
- Black Cladding all around the body and black roof
- Four-Wheel Drive System
- Keyless Entry
- Engine Start and Stop Button
- Six Air-bags
- ABS with EBD, Brake Assist
- Electronic Stability Control
- Lane Departure Warning
- Hill-start assist
- Front and Rear Parking Sensors
- Reverse parking camera
- Dual-sensor brake support
- Autonomous Emergency Braking
Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door SUV – Colours
- Pure White
- Current Red
- Military Green
Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door SUV 2021 – Rivals & Competitors
- Mahindra Thar
- Force Motor Gurkha
- Ford EcoSport