Maruti has been in news for some time now and has been planning to launch the much-awaited Maruti Jimny, an entry-level SUV in India since a long time. The company's chief was quoted saying that the Jimny is to be driven in India due to pathetic performance of its Maruti Gypsy model. The moment of truth has arrived for Maruti as bring in India, Maruti Jimny to grab a decent amount of market share in the SUV segment since SUV sales is growing rapidly whether it is a luxury SUV or an ordinary one. The SUV, to be positioned between Maruti Gypsy and Grand Vitara, has to compete with the market leader in SUV segment, Mahindra, if launched. The expected entry-level SUV will be launched in diesel version in India with a 1.5 litre multi-jet engine.
India's largest automobile firm Maruti Suzuki India Limited is mulling to introduce an entry level SUV model for the country's automobile market. With Maruti Gypsy on its last leg, it is looking to fill the gap in this segment with a brand new model in the form of Maruti Jimny. It is a critically acclaimed model across the globe, thanks to its robust body structure and superior off-road capabilities. This vehicle is currently available in various parts of the world and is yet to make its entry in to the country's car bazaar. In international markets, this vehicle is available as a two door version and with a four seater capacity. It is expected to come with almost the same design and power train, which is already running on the roads. However, the manufacturer might modify its overall design to make it a four door version and to increase its seating capacity to five, which suits to the Indian preferences. The manufacturer has announced that it will soon be launched in India as a replacement for the iconic Gypsy. However, there is no official from the maker regarding the launch date or regarding its India bound design.
Some of the market sources believe that this vehicle will be introduced in the country in the first quarter of 2016 or by the end of this year, which is still a long way to go. Powering this model series is the 1328cc M13A petrol engine, which is integrated with a multi point fuel injection system. With this power plant under the hood, its agility and off-road capabilities will be enhanced. On the other hand, there are rumors that the manufacturer may offer a Fiat sourced 1.3-litre multijet diesel motor under the hood, which is currently performing for several models. The company has given an advanced braking and suspension mechanism, which keeps it well balanced and stable at all times. Its braking mechanism is further assisted by ABS along with electronic brake force distribution. It prevents the vehicle from wheel locking, especially when sudden brakes are taken.
In terms of features, this yet to be launched version may get the same features like its international version along with a few additional aspects to be more competitive in this country. It could feature a 2-DIN music system along with an AC unit and height adjustable driver's seat, which helps to make the journey comfortable. The driver information system is equipped with several warning and notifications, which helps in keeping the driver updated. Apart from these, it also power windows with driver side auto down function, comfortable seats and many other utility based aspects. While its list of safety aspects may include airbags, ABS with brake assist function, seat belts for all passengers, a high mounted stop lamp a and various other such aspects. Soon after its introduction, this SUV is going to compete with the likes of Mahindra Thar, Renault Duster and Mahindra Scorpio in the Indian automobile bazaar.
There are lots of rumors going round the market that this sports utility vehicle is going to be a four door version that suits according to the Indian requirements. Currently, in the international market, it is available as a two door version with a total length of just above 3.5 meters. Considering the speculations, we can expect that its length and wheelbase to be longer, while the overall design and cosmetics are most likely to remain the same. To begin with the side profile, it is elegantly designed with body colored outside rear view mirrors and door handles. These external wing mirrors are manually adjustable from inside. The company has given it flared up wheel arches that are expected to be fitted with a set of steel or alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres that ensure a superior grip on any road conditions. It also has silver finished protective moldings that prevent it from minor damages. The B-pillar and window sill are finished in black color, which enhances the look of its side profile. Coming to its front fascia, it is designed with a number of features. The slanting bonnet has a few expressive lines and is complimented by a bonnet scoop. It has an attractive radiator grille in the center, which is fitted with quite a few body colored slats. It is embossed with a prominent company insignia, which gives the frontage a distinct look. This grille is flanked by a round shaped headlight cluster that is incorporated with high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicator. Just below this, it has a silver colored bumper that is fitted with a wide air dam for cooling the engine. It is accompanied by a protective cladding for preventing the vehicle from minor damages. This air dam is surrounded by a couple of bright fog lamps that adds to the visibility, especially in bad weather conditions. The large windscreen is made of toughened laminated glass and it is accompanied by a couple of intermittent wipers. On the other hand, its rear end has a curvy boot lid, which is fitted with a thick chrome strip and embossed with variant badging. It is also fitted with a spare wheel that gives the end a rugged look. The bumper has a pair of reflectors along with a courtesy lamp and license plate. Its luminous tail light cluster is incorporated with reverse light along with brake light and turn indicator. There is a high mounted stop lamp that adds to the safety of this vehicle. It also has a a pair of roof rails and a roof mounted antenna, which adds to the overall appearance.
The overall length of this sports utility vehicle is about 3545mm along with a decent height of 1670mm (including roof rails), which ensures enough head room for all occupants. It has a total width of 1600mm, which includes both external rear view mirrors. Its large wheelbase measures about 2250mm and it also has a decent ground clearance of 190mm, which makes it capable for dealing with bad road conditions. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 4.9 meters that is rather good for this segment.
The internal section of this yet to be launched compact SUV series is designed in a two tone color scheme and is incorporated with a lot of refined aspects. The company has given it a smooth dashboard, which completes the overall look. It is equipped with AC vents, a large glove box with sunglass holder, an instrument panel and a three spoke steering wheel. It also has a couple of 12V power sockets in its center console for charging mobiles and other electronic devices that adds to the convenience level. The company has given the cabin a perfect seating arrangement and expected that it can accommodate five passengers with ease. It has ergonomically designed seats, which are well cushioned. These are integrated with head restraints for added comfort. The driver seat comes with lumbar support along with height adjustable function. The seats are covered with premium upholstery that gives a plus feel while traveling. The rear seat comes with split foldable function, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. The instrument panel houses an advanced trip computer, which features distance to empty, average consumption, average speed, outside temperature display, average fuel economy and so on for keeping the driver updated. Other than these, it includes quite a few utility based aspects that turns out useful to its passengers during their journey. The list includes cup holders in floor console, coin holders in center console as well as cup and magazine holders in front and rear door trims. Besides these, it has a storage compartment on driver and front passenger's side, while there is a spacious glove box compartment that is good enough for placing small things.
As per speculations, the company is going to bless this sports utility vehicle with a lot of features, which will give the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. There is a manual HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system installed in the base variant, while the remaining trims have an automatic AC unit. The infotainment system is one interesting feature, which keeps its passengers entertained throughout their journey. It has an advanced music system that supports CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner, Aux-in port and USB interface. It also has four speakers for enhancing the ambiance of its cabin. The reverse parking sensors in the high end trim helps the driver in parking it easily. It has all power operated windows with one touch operation on the driver's side. The 100 percent foldable rear seat is useful for bringing in more luggage inside. Other aspects such as guide-me home headlamps, fuel computer, digital clock, cup and bottle holders, front seat back pockets and many other such aspects are also available. The instrument cluster includes a digital tripmeter, driver seat belt warning lamp, distance to empty indicator, tachometer, low fuel consumption as well as headlamp on warning notifications. Apart from these, it is also expected to be fitted with electric boot release, height adjustable seat belts, adjustable rear headrests, intelligent rear defogger and a tilt steering wheel.
This vehicle has enough front and rear headroom. This vehicle has a spacious boot compartment of 476 litres, which can be increased up to 1062 litres by folding its rear seat. The fuel tank has the capacity of storing up to 53 litres, which is quite good for planning longer drives.
It is most likely that the manufacturer will offer this soon to be launched SUV with a choice of five speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission option to choose from. Since there is no information from the company relating to its engine options, it will be too early to say anything about its acceleration figures. However, one can expect this vehicle to reach a top speed of more than 160 Kmph. At the same time, it could also reach a 100 Kmph mark from a standstill in about 15 seconds, which will rather good for this class.
As per speculation, this vehicle will arrive on the Indian road with both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to select from. Its 1.5-litre diesel engine comes with a displacement capacity of 1461cc. This K9K diesel motor comprises of four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. It is capable of producing a peak power of 85bhp along with a pounding torque of 200Nm. At the same time, it may also get a 1.3-litre diesel motor that has the capacity of displacing about 1248cc. this power plant can unleash a peak power of 89bhp along with a pounding torque of more than 200Nm. Both these engines are expected to mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box. It distributes the engine power to its front wheels.
Internationally, the manufacturer is offering this model series with an M13A, variable valve timing based petrol engine, which is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection system. It is capable of giving away a peak mileage of approximately 15 Kmpl on the highways. For India, it may get a Renault sourced 1.5-litre K9K diesel motor, which can deliver a maximum mileage of 20 Kmpl. At the same time, some of the sources also suggest that this vehicle will also get a 1.3-litre diesel engine option that can give away a maximum of 22 Kmpl.
This upcoming sports utility vehicle is most likely to be launched with a 1461cc, K9K diesel motor that comprises of 4-cylinders. It is capable of producing a peak power of 85bhp along with a pounding torque of 200Nm. At the same time, it may also get a 1248cc, 4-cylinder diesel motor that can unleash a peak power of 89bhp along with a pounding torque of more than 200Nm.
The compact, sleek off-roader Maruti Jimny, sports general audio system that is a CD player with two speaker. The simple but classic audio system keeps you entertained while driving. The mini SUV Maruti Jimny comes fitted with a very common AC with vents at the dashboard. It is capable enough to keep the atmosphere cool when you need it badly in scorching heat.
The company has given this an efficient braking mechanism along with a reliable suspension system, which helps in keeping the vehicle well balanced and stable. Its front wheels are equipped with a set of solid disc brakes, while the rear ones have leading trailing drum brakes. It is also fitted with anti lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution system including brake assist, which further improves its braking mechanism. It prevents the vehicle from skidding in case of sudden brakes are applied. On the other hand, the company has used a McPherson strut for its front axle, whereas the rear one gets a torsion beam type of system. Both these axles are further assisted by coil springs that give a comfortable driving experience. It also has a rack and pinion based electric power assisted steering that offers precise response and makes handling simpler. It supports a minimum turning circle of 4.9 meters, which is quite good for this class.
This upcoming model series has been equipped with quite a number of advanced safety features that protects the occupants as well as vehicle. All the variants in this model series is going to be integrated with energy absorbing bumpers along with crumple zones, which absorbs most of the impact caused in case of any untoward collision. In addition to these, it has anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist function that augments it braking mechanism. The company has also given child lock for rear doors and a central locking system for added security. The presence of three point ELR (emergency locking retractor) seat belts for front passengers adds to the advantage and it also comes with driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel. It is incorporated with an advanced engine immobilizer unit that restricts any unauthorized access to the vehicle. It also has airbags for driver and front co-passenger that further bolsters the safety quotient. Apart from these, it is also expected to be fitted with rear parking sensors, a pair of bright fog lamps, central locking system, rear defogger, a high mounted stop lamp and many other such features.
The neatly crafted wheel arches are fitted with a set of steel or alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres that offers superior grip on any road conditions. The company has also given it a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It will be a standard aspect across all the variants.
1. Expected price range is quite reasonable.
2. After sales service is rather satisfying.
3. Roomy internal cabin with lots of utility based aspects.
4. Minimum ground clearance of 190mm is a big plus point.
5. Presence of rear parking sensors is a big plus point.
1. Diesel engine noise and harshness should be reduced.
2. There is still scope for improving its interior design.
3. Seating capacity of only four members is a disadvantage.
4. Many more comfort and safety features can be added.
5. Fuel economy is not up to the mark.
The news of a compact SUV concept from Maruti India has been doing rounds, but what is this Maruti SUV concept all about? To steer away any more doubts on the subject, Maruti Suzuki India has introduced the teaser images of the SUV concept in the automobile section of their website. From what we see, the compact SUV concept seems to be more or less similar to the highly successful Suzuki Jimny SUV available in the global markets. The unique looking grille in the Maruti Concept SUV especially looks like it has been taken right from the Suzuki Jimny.
The countdown for the 11th Auto Expo to be held in New Delhi between Jan 05 and 11, 2012 has begun. A massive surge of overseas participation, bigger contingents from Germany and China, besides a strong presence of Indian manufacturers have all resulted in a complete booking of space at the venue -16 halls, the 10 hangers and the outdoor space in total comprising 115000 square meters, Aligning with the theme of ‘Mobility for All”, Mr Rajive Kaul, Chairman, Steering committee, Auto Expo 2012, highlighted during his presentation.
The leading SUV(Sports Utility Vehicle) player in India, Mahindra & Mahindra has recently launched the most awaited off-roader, Mahindra Thar. This new entry in the SUV segment seems to be a threat for Maruti's one of the oldest SUVs, Maruti Gypsy. Maruti Gypsy is also used by the forces and is blessed with excellent performance and powerful engine, but it has not been much impressive with the sales figures.