The most stylish and attractive off-road vehicle to ever go into production, if not ever. Because of its cube-like dimensions and thoughtful placement of the flat panels and substantial off-roader components. It has almost perfect visual symmetry. The Jimny also lacks any negative qualities. It gets so many admiring stares as we pass past that we have to be careful not to draw a throng. Everyone usually has their phone out and is eager to take a photo. (Maruti Suzuki Jimny)
I’m photographing the Jimny myself, but I can’t help but have the Mercedes G-Wagon in the back of my head. The “derived” portions are clearly identifiable. Notwithstanding what Suzuki may claim, the grille and headlamp set are authentic Jeep parts. Yet the Jimny also has a distinct personality and a lot of swagger.
Why then does Maruti seem reluctant to introduce such a desirable SUV to the Indian market? especially because Gurgaon is where it is really manufactured and exported to the rest of the globe. Even the firewall identification plate for this specific car reads “Maruti Suzuki India”!
Suzuki Jimny: Riding and Manoeuvring
The Jimny rides very differently from a regular Maruti because to the ladder frame and. In particular, the strong front axle. Although if it isn’t quite as terrible as it would be on a Gypsy, the ride is still a little sluggish, especially when travelling over terrain with poor pavement. On unlevel ground, the Jimny also rocks back and forth. The extended travel suspension more efficiently smooths down the road, resulting in a somewhat smoother ride as you speed. But one thing is certain: Maruti will struggle to make the four-door Indian version ride and handle safely. Remember that Suzuki had to enlarge the Gypsy’s track here in India as well, giving the expanded vehicles the suffix “W.”
Having previously driven a Jimny, I can verify that the steering is different from what you may expect. This is partly because it has a rack and pinion system instead of a recirculating ball design. And the weighty solid axle at the front also acts as a warning indicator. It is more suited for off-road driving because it achieves 3.9 revolutions lock to lock and takes a lot of spinning (something I haven’t yet been able to do in the Jimny).
In general, this works well on straight sections of road. But, it could get annoying when you have to weave through traffic because the Jimny isn’t exactly agile around curves. In general, the Jimny appears happy while being driven more leisurely. There is some flip, the narrow tyres’ traction isn’t particularly good, and the slow steering feels out of sync with the rest of the vehicle.
This actually works nicely with the performance and engine that are available. The well-known K15B engine, which has roughly 102 horsepower, is the one in use. Even though it can handle the kerb weight of approximately 1.2 tonnes, the four speed automatic gearbox consumes a lot of electricity. Although having good early reflexes and performing well in slow-moving traffic, the engine can require extra intermediate power. This suggests that you need to rev it up quickly in order for it to generate power. It suggests that it is always making an attempt. The five door should reach 100 km/h in around twelve and a half seconds if we purchase the same engine. Unexpectedly, this car’s brakes also have a vintage feel to them.
Engine of the Suzuki Jimny
One of the reasons is that it isn’t your standard Suzuki soft-roader. You’ll notice that things are significantly different if you look attentively. The first clue is the engine’s longitudinal, or north-south, positioning. The drive is then delivered straight to the back wheels of the Vehicle, which is built on a ladder frame. If you consider Gypsy as opposed to Brezza, you will be on the correct track. It may possibly be called the Gypsy or Grand Gypsy by Maruti.
Another essential component is a strong axle up front. More off-road articulation will be possible as a result. The stiff axle’s centre serves as a fulcrum and pulls the other wheel up when one descends. There is therefore more traction. The Jimny features a low-range as well.
You may manually pick between “2WD-high,” “4WD-high,” and “4WD-low” thanks to what looks to be the short selector rod from the Gypsy. What you don’t get is a set of differentials with mechanical locking. Suzuki uses an electronic traction control system instead, which immediately stops sliding wheels and redistributes torque to other wheels.
If it wasn’t designed to adhere to standards for the little Japanese kei-car, whence do you think the “sub-four metre rule” got its justification? The Jimny is also intended to be compact, but this international version is slightly larger. You may not realise that it is 3.6 metres longer, 1.6 metres broader, and 1.7 metres tall. It goes by the name Jimny Sierra. Its height is greater than its breadth. In addition, the Jimny three-entryway features more favourable breakover and flight points than the Jeep Wrangler, 210mm of ground leeway, and a 37deg methodology point.
Interior and Features of the Maruti Suzuki Jimny
Jimny could feel uncomfortable and confined given the size, to be sure. There is nothing more untrue than it. The big square doors open widely and allow you to enter with ease. Within the cube, the vertical walls provide the appearance of spaciousness. Even while there isn’t nearly as much space as in the Mahindra Thar, you don’t feel quite as close to the passenger.
The boxy designs also offer excellent visibility. The A-pillars are strong and provide a sense of safety, but they also allow for an unrestricted view over the hood and great driving visibility. Although Suzuki cars often have soft, supportive seats, this one has more bolstering and side support than others. A bigger seat and more substantial cushioning would have made it much more pleasant.
Suzuki has also made an effort to include certain design cues from the earlier Jimny or Gypsy, as shown by the numerous faux exposed bolts on the dashboard. I’m reminded of the Gypsy by the squared instrument panel, distinct blocks for the speedometer and tachometer, and the grasp handle that has been securely integrated into the dash.
The inside of the Jimny has too many readily identifiable Maruti components and a lot of unattractive black plastic, but it also has large, simple-to-turn air conditioning knobs and piano-key-style controls with chic chrome accents. I must say that I like the way the dash looks, especially with its straightforward layout; it almost has a utilitarian feel.
Getting into the rear isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. This is done so that the front seat may slide all the way forward and you just need to bend slightly to enter via the front door. The low back, slender chairs at the rear provide just enough room for one leg. I have space to recline the backrest and put my feet up in front. The square sides also prevent me from feeling confined, but it is still clear that this is not the place to unwind after a protracted voyage.
Moreover, boot space is limited. However it is adaptable and has a unique design. Make two cabin bags or strollers stand up in the boot with the backrests straight and the seats split 50:50 if you want to travel three up with some stuff. The back seats may also be folded flat to add up to 830 litres of space.
Selling in India is the Suzuki Jimny
Why Maruti would want to sell a five-door Jimny in India is easy to understand. These three elements—room, comfort, and utility—are most likely better together. The Jimny will become a car with five doors that may be used as a primary off-road recreational vehicle in addition to a family vehicle.
Yet, despite the fact that the car is made here, it is sad that Maruti has yet to release the three-door Jimny in India. As it is pretty attractive, useful, and usable on a daily basis, the Jimny, like the Mahindra Thar, would make for an excellent second or even third car, especially if you don’t need to use the back seats all the time. It could even outsell the five door because to how enticing it is. It might be the cause of why it hasn’t yet been put on sale.
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