Maruti Suzuki has started exporting made-in-India Suzuki Jimny SUV. The first batch, of 184 units, has taken off from Mundra port and is headed to Latin American countries like Peru and Colombia.
Maruti Suzuki has started producing three-door Jimny for export markets in its Gurgaon plant. India's leading manufacturer aims for an India launch for a five-door version in the next six months. The export model is identical to the version manufactured in Suzuki's Kosai plant in Japan. It is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that is mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque convertor gearbox.
The first batch of the production will be exported to Peru and Columbia. Later, Jimny will also be exported to African markets and in the Middle-East countries.
Kenichi Ayukawa, the Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said,
“Jimny will fulfil aspirations of customers throughout the world. Jimny manufactured at Maruti Suzuki’s Gurugram plant shares the same specification as the export models produced at the Suzuki Motor Corporation’s Kosai plant in Japan. We are confident with Jimny we will be able to enhance our overall exports.”
Maruti Suzuki Jimny for India
Maruti Suzuki is touted to build a five-door version of the Jimny for the Indian market. This will be obviously longer than the export model, however, it will stay well under the four-metres to avoid extra excise duty. It will also also get its power from the 1.5-litre petrol engine that is already present in Vitara Brezza, Ciaz, Ertiga, and S-Cross crossover.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny will not face any direct competition in the Indian market in terms of engine and build. However, it might attract off-road enthusiasts who are planning to buy a Mahindra Thar or Force Gurkha. In terms of pricing also, it is expected to undercut Thar and Gurkha to become an attractive option for potential buyers.
CarInfo hopes that the starting price of Maruti Suzuki Jimny will hover under Rs 10 lakh to create shock waves in the Indian off-road SUV segment.