While the Thar receives a larger and more potent turbo-petrol engine, the Jimny receives a normally aspirated gasoline engine.
The Maruti Jimny’s debut is quickly approaching. A long-awaited 5-door subcompact lifestyle SUV has finally arrived. Since its debut at Auto Expo 2023, reservations have been available with more than 30,000 pre-orders being placed. The petrol-only off-roader is a direct rival to the Mahindra Thar, which is available with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, as well as a choice of gasoline or diesel powertrains.
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Here is a short comparison of their fuel economy ratings for the petrol 4X4 models as we compare their features and all the specifications:
- The Thar’s engine is far more potent than the Jimny’s, producing 47PS and 186Nm more power. That is around a 50% increase in power and a 100% increase in torque. That it is not as economical as the Maruti Jimny is hardly surprising.
- The stated efficiency of the Jimny petrol-MT is about 17kmpl, which is around 3.5kmpl greater than that of the Thar petrol-MT. Its older 4-speed automatic promises over 16 kmpl while claiming to be only little less efficient.
- In our driving tests, the petrol automatic Thar produced an average mileage of 10.67kmpl. The automated option on the Jimny is much more cost-effective here, according to the ARAI calculation. Realistically, though, we anticipate the margin to be narrower and that the Maruti will continue to be more economical.
- The Maruti Jimny is anticipated to start selling for roughly Rs. 10 lakh and come standard with 4WD. The Thar’s base price (ex-showroom) is Rs 9.99 lakh, with 4WD models beginning at Rs 13.87 lakh. The cost of the latter’s 2WD models could be comparable to the Jimny’s.