At an event in its home market in Japan, Suzuki showcased all four generations of the Suzuki Jimny and plenty of customisation options on the all-new Jimny and Jimny Sierra. The Jimny nameplate, introduced in 1970, was Suzuki's first global success story, and the latest generation continues that trend with a reported order backlog of 12 months.
The video shows a red, factory fresh, second generation Suzuki Jimny or better known in India as the Maruti Gypsy. Introduced in 1981 in the Japanese market, the second-gen Jimny (Gypsy) continues to be produced by Maruti Suzuki in an altered state. In late 2014, Maruti won a contract from the Indian army to supply 4,000 units of the Gypsy, and till date, there are around 500 takers each month (sales data from Jan-June 2018). The third generation Jimny never made it to Indian shores, but sold globally from 1998-2018, making it the longest surviving Jimny model.
The fourth-gen Jimny, introduced in Japan this month, is available in a 3-door body style. The mini SUV measures 3,395 mm in length, 1,475 mm in width and 1,725 mm in height. A recent report stated that Suzuki is unlikely to launch a 5-door Jimny at least for the next two years. The Jimny is powered by a 660 cc three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine whereas the Jimny Sierra features the K15B 1.5-liter VVT four-cylinder petrol developing 102 PS at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Both variants share 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission options and standard part-time 4WD. It is the Jimny Sierra which will sell in markets outside Japan.
As things stand, Maruti Suzuki has not confirmed the new Jimny for the Indian market. Even if the SUV is green-lighted, a launch is not expected until after 2020.