Next-gen Suzuki Jimny is a potential lifestyle product for India - Report
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The next-gen Suzuki Jimny is a highly anticipated product not just internationally, but even in India. It may reach our market as a lifestyle product, something that is missing from Maruti Suzuki’s line-up. It could fill the void left by the Maruti Gypsy.
In an interview with autoX, CV Raman, Senior Executive Director (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki, was asked about the possibility of introducing an all-new Maruti Gypsy or bringing the next-gen Jimny to India. In response, Mr. Raman suggested that the issue in bringing the Jimny as a replacement for the Gypsy is the Jimny's width, as it is a narrow vehicle. However, the R&D boss then said that “from a lifestyle perspective, there is some potential.”
The next-gen Suzuki Jimny, which was leaked online in December last year, could become the next-gen Maruti Gypsy for India. Just last month, it was reported that Maruti Suzuki has taken up the project of the next-gen Maruti Gypsy. Furthermore, in 2016, a report said that Suzuki will make India the production hub for the next-gen Suzuki Jimny.
Maruti Suzuki’s main focus will remain on renewing/refreshing its high-volume models like the Maruti Ertiga, Maruti Wagon R and Maruti Ciaz. The company also plans to introduce an EV by 2020.
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