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The New Suzuki Jimny Has Everything That Should Make The Mahindra Thar Worry

Modified On Jun 23, 2018 12:42 PM By Raunak

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The fourth-gen Suzuki Jimny is likely to replace its ageing second-gen version, the Gypsy, in India

Suzuki Jimny and Mahindra Thar

When it comes to affordable old-school body-on-frame off-roaders that can take you to places that no ordinary car can and is somewhat livable with in the urban jungle as well, only the Mahindra Thar comes to mind. But you can’t rule out the fact that majority of its owners trade in creature comforts and everyday practicality for macho looks and off-road ability. Now, however, the new Jimny is here to change the equation altogether and deliver on both fronts: everyday practicality and off-road ability.

Suzuki has equipped the new Jimny with all sorts of creature comforts that you see on premium hatchbacks these days, such as a large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, auto climate control, detailed multi-info driver display and more. The fourth-gen Jimny is a four-seater and features front-facing rear seats with 3-point seat belts, as before. 

2019 Suzuki Jimny

As far as safety features are concerned, the new Jimny should get up to six airbags (dual front airbags offered with the third-gen model), ABS with EBD and brake assist, ESP (electronic stability program), traction control and autonomous braking, among others. There are LED projector headlamps (regular multi-reflector halogen in Thar) like the new Swift and the Dzire along with daytime running LEDs. It also has fog lamps, which are missing in the Mahindra.

2019 Suzuki Jimny

The Mahindra Thar, on the other hand, has macho, Jeep Wrangler-inspired, looks but it lags behind in terms of equipment on offer and, fit and finish.

Mahindra Thar

It doesn’t come with an audio system, there are no power windows either and the rear passengers have to sit sideways with no seat belts. 

Mahindra Thar

Moreover, the Thar doesn't come with any sort of safety equipment - not even ABS. Dial in the fact that it isn’t really a comfortable commuter and you know that it can be a pain to drive everyday. We, however, expect things to change in this department since Mahindra will have to update the Thar when BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program) norms are implemented.

2019 Suzuki Jimny

Now that Suzuki has revealed the official pictures of the fourth-gen Jimny, we can say with confidence that the Jimny looks chic despite the rugged design touches. Just look at the paint options on offer, for example. And it’s not that the Jimny fares well in the looks department only. It should be light, like its predecessor, and should be capable off the road too.

Third-gen Suzuki Jimny

Pictured: Third-gen Suzuki Jimny 

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy

The Maruti Gypsy, which is officially the second-gen Jimny, tips the scales at 985kg in its soft-top avatar, while the Mahindra Thar (soft top) weighs a whopping 1670kg. Hence, the Gypsy has to carry 685kg less while off-roading compared to the Thar. And despite a difference of 26PS in the power output of the Thar (107PS/247Nm) and the Gypsy (81PS/103NM), the latter has a better power to weight ratio as well. The outgoing third-gen Jimny (85PS/110Nm; 1090kg hard top) had similar traits (it never made it to India) and the upcoming model should also follow suit, just like its predecessors. Check out the off-road performance comparison of the previous Jimny with the Thar:

Third-gen Suzuki Jimny

Off road capability

Third-gen Suzuki Jimny (old)

Mahindra Thar CRDe

Approach angle

34 degrees

44 degrees

Breakover angle

31 degrees

N.A.

Departure angle

46 degrees

27 degrees

Mahindra Thar

The Mahindra Thar CRDe 4x4 is priced at Rs 9.24 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Suzuki Jimny will likely have an advantage here as well! While both the Thar and the Jimny fall in the sub-4m category and thus attract lower excise duties, the Mahindra is powered by a 2.5-litre diesel engine and therefore qualifies as a luxury car in India!

Mahindra Thar

The India-spec Jimny, if launched, could be powered by a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol/1.0-litre turbo petrol or Maruti’s in-house developed 1.5-litre diesel. All these engine options will help it benefit from the small car tax scheme. So, expect the Jimny to be priced lower than the Thar. Factor in all this, and the new Jimny makes a very strong case for itself against the Mahindra Thar.

Third-gen Suzuki Jimny DDiS

Pictured: Third-gen Suzuki Jimny DDiS (2005-2011 was powered by Renault's K9K 1.5-litre diesel same as the Duster's)

Maruti had already skipped a generation of the Jimny (third-gen) for India and it's been a long wait since the third-gen Jimny didn’t have the usual five-year model cycle. In fact, it lasted for over 20 years! We hope that the country’s largest automaker brings the new Gypsy/Jimny to India this time around.

Third-gen Suzuki Jimny

Pictured: Third-gen Suzuki Jimny 

What do you guys think, let us know in the comments below? 

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