With the launch of Mahindra Thar in 2020, lifestyle off-roaders are back in the game. In fact, they are now a mainstream offering too, all thanks to Maruti Suzuki which will soon launch a 5-door version of Jimny in India. Jimny is the perfect rival to Mahindra Thar, and what a perfect contest we will see between them Although Thar is currently available only in a 3-door guise. Mahindra is working on launching the Thar 5-door model that will arrive later this year or early next year. On the other hand, we have already seen the 5-door Jimny that was unveiled at the 2023 Auto Expo. Official bookings are now open, and the launch will happen sometime in May 2023.
What Is The Base Trim Of The Jimny Like?
Now we have new spy shots of the Maruti Jimny 5 door with red registration number plates. These are the first undisguised spy shots of the Maruti Jimny 5 door after its Auto Expo debut. Interestingly enough, this is the Zeta AT variant. The one we saw at the Auto Expo was the top variant, Alpha. Maruti will offer the Jimny in only two variants – Zeta and Alpha. Both will get manual as well as automatic gearbox options. AWD is a standard on all variants.
The Maruti Jimny Zeta variant does miss out on some features, which are available with the top-of-the-line Alpha variant. For example, the SUV gets steel wheels, instead of alloys. Then it uses body-coloured door handles. Other key misses include an auto headlamp, headlamp washer, LED headlamp, fog lamps, retractable electric ORVMs, start/stop button, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and automatic climate.
Jimny To Bank On Gypsy’s Brand Value
Though an off-roader, in many aspects Jimny also comes off as a purposeful everyday car. That said, it also gets a lot more features than its rival Thar. With 50 years of Gypsy and Jimny heritage to bank on, 5-door Jimny uses a ladder-frame chassis along with a 4X4 transfer case. Dubbed as AllGrip Pro, it has the low-range gear to take on any tricky off-road situations.