Of late, Maruti Suzuki announced that it has commenced the production of its popular compact off-roader SUV Jimny in the country. Also, the export of Suzuki Jimny has started in India. The conglomerate has released the first consignment of 184 Jimny SUVs from Mundra port to Latin American countries such as Peru and Columbia. Apart from this, the three-door Suzuki Jimny will be exported to the Middle East, Latin America, and African markets from India.
The Jimny produced and exported from India measures 1,720 mm in height, 1,645 mm in width, and 3,645 mm in length. The upcoming model is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that is mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox and a 5-speed manual. The present generation of Jimny SUV launched two years ago that got World Car Awards announced at the New York International Auto Show.
Suzuki aims to leverage Maruti Suzuki’s global production stature as India is the production base for Jimny. As there is a large customer demand worldwide well beyond Suzuki Japan’s capacity for this model, India manufacturing will supplement capacity to meet this universal demand.
As per the Managing Director & CEO of Maruti Suzuki India Limited, “Jimny will fulfill objectives of customers across the globe. Jimny manufactured at Maruti Suzuki’s Gurugram plant shares the same specification as the export models shaped at the Suzuki Motor Corporation’s Kosai plant in Japan. We are confident with Jimny we will be able to improve our overall exports.”
Nevertheless, the conglomerate is still reluctant to speak about any plans on launching Jimny SUV in the country. The carmaker had released the off-roader SUV during the Auto Expo in February last year. As per some reports, the firm is still in process of finalizing Jimny’s India plans and a clear picture may emerge sometime this year.