On June 7, the long-awaited Maruti Suzuki Jimny will be available for purchase in India. The vehicle will come standard with a 1.5-liter K15B petrol engine and a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The four-wheel drive technology from Suzuki, AllGrip Pro, comes standard on all models. It’s interesting that there are no future plans for a more affordable two-wheel-drive variant.
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The current generation Jimny, which is sold in three-door form worldwide, has made a name for itself in the off-roading arena as well. Actually, as Maruti Suzuki’s CTO CV Raman described it, “streamlining” was practised by extending the Jimny to a five entrance structure for India.
A two-wheel-drive model was reportedly not considered because Suzuki wanted the Jimny to stay faithful to its off-road heritage. Since the 1970 debut of the first Jimny in Japan, the term has come to represent off-road capability. Even the Gypsy, which was introduced in India in the 1980s and ceased production in 2019, never received a 4×2 system.
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Mahindra’s plan to release a less expensive two-wheel-drive vehicle has been successful. The Thar diesel-manual 42 territory starts at an appealing Rs 10.55 lakh, while the Thar 42 petroleum programmed is Rs 2.3 lakh more affordable than its 44 equivalent. The transition to a more modest engine has made this evaluation possible and helped it to satisfy all criteria for the “little vehicle” tax deductions.
With decreased prices, the Thar is now more accessible to a wider range of consumers who were previously put off by the off-roader’s reputation but are now interested in purchasing it. The Thar diesel-manual 4×2 has a 17-month waiting list, which should give you an idea of how popular it is. In any case, Mahindra just this week delivered its one millionth Thar.
The Jimny’s pricing in comparison to other Maruti SUVs and off-road competitors like the Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha will be an intriguing comparison.
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- Since the 1970 launch of the first Jimny in Japan, the brand has become synonymous with the vehicle’s capability for difficult terrain.
- A two-wheel drive model was reportedly not considered because Suzuki insisted that the Jimny should remain true to its history in tough terrain.
- Even the Vagabond, which was launched in India in the 1980s and ended its career in 2019, did not receive a 42 framework at any point in time.