Information regarding the new fourth generation Suzuki Jimny has been coming in thick and fast since the start of the month. The company has confirmed the presence of a 1.5 L petrol engine, and as per a new report from Autocar India, this is the same unit that will be powering the 2018 Maruti Ciaz facelift.
The K15B petrol engine that displaces 1,462 cc was introduced on the 2018 Suzuki Ertiga currently on sale in Indonesia. This engine will, as per reports, replace the Ciaz and Ertiga's 1.4 L K14B unit in India. It makes 104.7 PS at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm at 4,400 rpm in the case of the Ertiga. The Suzuki Jimny Sierra, the variant that gets this particular engine in the Japanese market, is likely to have similar power and torque outputs. Like the Indonesia-spec Ertiga, the Jimny equipped with this 1.5 L petrol engine will pair with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed torque converter automatic.
The other engine option of the JDM-spec Suzuki Jimny will be a 660 cc turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol unit. As reported this month, the engine will produce 64 PS at 6,000 rpm and 95 Nm at 3,000 rpm. It will be offered with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic. Both the Jimny and the Jimny Sierra will get part-time 4x4 with low range transfer gear.
The launch of the new Jimny in Japan takes place next month. While it has also been listed on the global website, the company is yet to announce the global rollout plan of the 2019 Suzuki Jimny. The report from Autocar states that Suzuki CEO Toshihiro Suzuki has committed that all products, barring JDM Kei cars, will be launched in India. The Suzuki Jimny may well be a part of MSIL's plans for the Indian market once immediate priorities are finished.
[source - Autocar India]