Suzuki Jimny has been existence for a long time - for about 20 years and it is now finally going to receive an upgrade. Many will be unaware of the Jimny nameplate as it never made way to the Indian shores. It has, however, been an affordable yet tough SUV with a minimalistic interior. The pictures on Motor1 suggest the 2018 Jimny will be quite a mix of the Jeep Wrangler and a bit of Mercedes-Benz G Wagon. The new Jimny has more of a boxy appearance, but the latest incarnation hasn't changed much in terms of dimensions. The little yet capable off-roader is powered by a 1.3-litre engine that churns out an unimpressive 83 hp and 110 Nm of torque and is paired to either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.
For the more difficult sections during off-roading, the Jimny has a two-speed transfer case controlled by the push of a button to switch to 4WD. The shift from 2WD to 4WD can be made at speeds up to 100 kph.
The new Jimny that was spied retains the current model's two-door set-up and vertical-slat grille with round headlamps. It also carries forward the side-hinged, swing-out rear door with a mounted spare tyre.
For long the Jimny has been expected to hit the Indian market but nothing has materialised yet. With the old generation set to make way for this new one, it makes sense for Maruti to launch this version in India. Considering the popularity of SUVs and more so the Gypsy brand in India, the new Jimny makes terrific sense for our market. Add to it the promising design cues and there's no reason why people won't flock outside Maruti showrooms to get one. But until then, we can only appreciate Suzuki's compact and capable off-roader from a distance.