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Maruti Suzuki starts production & export of Jimmy SUV

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has announced that the brand has started exporting the Suzuki Jimny compact off-roader from India. The Suzuki Jimny is being manufactured at the Gurugram manufacturing plant and shares the same specification as the export model that is made in Japan at the brand’s Kosai production facility in Shizouka Prefecture. 

Maruti Suzuki has revealed that in its first shipment the brand is exporting 184 units of the three-door Jimny to Latin American countries such as Columbia and Peru via the Mundra port. The brand has also revealed that the Suzuki Jimny will be exported to Latin America, the Middle East and African markets from India. 

In its latest generation, the Suzuki Jimny was launched in 2018 by Suzuki Motor Corporation in Japan and comes with a legacy of over 50 years and is a popular choice in the global market. The Suzuki Jimny has also received the World Urban Car Award in the 2019 World Car Awards announced at the New York International Auto Show. 

The Suzuki Jimny measures 3,645 mm in length, 1,645 mm in width and 1,720 mm in height. The Jimny is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol motor that makes 105 PS of power and 138 Nm of torque coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional 4-speed torque converter type automatic transmission. The compact off-roader features ALLGRIP PRO part-time 4×4 with a low-ratio transfer case. 

The Japanese factory in Kosai also manufactures the WagonR, Alto, Spacia, Hustler and DF350A Marine Outboard motors. With the additional production line in India, the brand expects to fulfil the high demand for the compact off-roader which has a waiting period of around 10 months in certain international markets. 

The brand is also expected to introduce the Jimny in the Indian market as a lifestyle SUV, in the near future. Rumours are that the brand is working on a 5-door version of the Jimny especially for the Indian market.