New Suzuki Jimny unlikely to get a diesel engine - Report

11/07/2018 - 09:47 | ,  ,   | Dhruv Saxena

The fourth generation Suzuki Jimny went on sale in Japan earlier this month with two petrol engine options. A diesel engine is unlikely to find a place on the 2019 Suzuki Jimny reports Autocar India.

2019 Suzuki Jimny front
The 2019 Suzuki Jimny will remain a petrol-only model with the 1.5 L K15B engine serving markets outside Japan.

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While the JDM-spec Jimny does not require a diesel engine, European markets, which will get the SUV possibly by end 2018 or early 2019, will miss out on a diesel variant as well.

A drop in demand for diesel vehicles aside (Suzuki has already stopped retailing diesel cars in the UK), the company does not seem to have a unit in its arsenal ready for deployment. The BS6-compliant 1.5 L unit developed by Suzuki is understood to be facing delays and is expected to arrive only next year in the Indian market. The 1.3 L Fiat sourced DDiS diesel engine powering Suzuki products in markets such as India is set to be phased out by 2020 leaving no suitable candidate at the moment.

For markets outside Japan, the 1.5 L K15B petrol engine will be the primary, if not the only engine option available. Its specifications for the Japanese market list max power and torque of 102 PS at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4,000 rpm respectively. Pairing with either a 5-speed MT or a 4-speed AT, power is routed to either the rear wheels or all four wheels upon engagement of part-time 4x4.

2019 Suzuki Jimny rear space
The Suzuki Jimny blends a utilitarian design with modern features like a touchscreen, auto aircon, cruise control, and LED projector headlamps among others.

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The 2019 Suzuki Jimny Sierra, the variant that is Europe-bound, is 3,550 mm long, 1,645 mm wide, and 1,730 mm tall. It sits on a 2,250 mm long wheelbase. Features on offer include LED projector headlamps, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, electrically adjustable and retractable ORVMs, and automatic climate control. It is offered in a 3-door hardtop body style. Prices in Japan start from JPY 1,760,400 (INR 10,89,310.78) and top out  at JPY 2,019,600 (INR 12,49,700.09).

[source - Autocar India]

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