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Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door to be jointly developed with Toyota & based on Raize compact-SUV

Written by Nizam Shaikh

It is no secret, that Maruti Suzuki is planning the new Jimny in the Indian market, there have been several reports that the compact utilitarian is likely to be manufactured solely in the Indian market by the brand has not yet officially confirmed if it plans to sell the SUV in India or will it be just an export-only model. Recently, it was also rumoured that the first production model was rolled off the production line from the Gurugram production plant and that the brand plans to sell the SUV through its premium sales channel – NEXA. 

It was also rumoured that the brand will bring in a 5-door ‘Practical’ iteration of the Jimny for customers in India and a new media report suggests that the 5-door version could be based on the Toyota Raize platform, a result of the Toyota-Suzuki Global partnership. The Raize is underpinned by a compact SUV architecture – Toyota-Daihatsu DNGA modular platform. The Toyota Raize is also likely to debut in the Indian market and also possibly with Maruti Suzuki badging as well, similar to what Toyota does with the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza. 

Both the Jimny 5-door and the 3-door are likely to use the BS6/Euro5 compliant K series 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated engine similar to the one that does duty on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in India. A 1.5-litre 4-cylinder, 16-valve petrol unit that produces 105 PS of power and 138 Nm of torque matched to a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. The drivetrain also comes with a part-time 4 wheel drive system (ALLGRIP PRO) with a low ratio transfer case. The Japanese-spec Jimny measures 3550mm in length, 1645mm in width, 1730mm in height with a wheelbase of 2250mm. 

Currently, the brand produces the Suzuki Jimny only at the Kosai manufacturing facility in Shizuoka Prefecture Japan, alongside the Alto, Spacia, WagonR, Hustler and DF350A Marine Outboard motors.

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