One of the most anticipated vehicles in the market currently, Maruti Suzuki Jimny went through the Euro NCAP crash test recently. The vehicle has received three out of five stars in terms of safety. Being the successor to the iconic Maruti Gypsy as well as a resemblance to the Jeep, the vehicle is speculated to make its way to the Indian market soon. However, the manufacturer is yet to confirm the same.
The vehicle scored 73 percent in Adult Occupant Protection, 84 percent in Child Occupant Protection and 50 percent for Safety Assist Systems. With a total of 25.1 points, it gets 52 percent for vulnerable road users. The tested model was the Jimny 1.5L GLX variant equipped with six airbags including front driver and passenger airbags, side head, chest and pelvis airbags, while for child protection, the SUV comes with ISOFIX anchorages at the rear. Other safety features include seat belt reminder, lane assist system, speed assistance and AEB (autonomous emergency braking) pedestrian and Inter-urban as standard.
Talking about the test, Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP said, “Overall, these latest results demonstrate that as Euro NCAP’s test protocols evolve and become more demanding, a 5-star rating remains achievable although challenging objective for the auto industry. It is particularly positive and welcome that manufacturers are performing well in the assessment of vulnerable road user protection systems such as AEB for cyclists. Euro NCAP has now tested 6 models which feature this life-saving technology. These driver assistance systems are the building blocks for potential automation in the future. Importantly they offer tangible safety benefits today.”
The Euro NCAP crash test is performed in a series of tests including a frontal impact test in which the car impacts a rigid barrier, a pole test in which the tested car is propelled sideways into a rigid pole, an offset frontal impact test wherein 40% of the width of the car is striking a deformable barrier and a side impact test under which a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver's door. Apart from these, another series of pedestrian tests are also conducted with different impactors, adult and child head form, lower and upper leg form and whiplash tests are performed on a sled. The test conductors also test the active safety of the vehicle based on the offered safety equipments such as autonomous emergency braking systems with car to car, a pedestrian and a cyclist as targets, lane support and speed assist technologies and seatbelt reminders.
In the Japanese market, the 2018 Suzuki Jimny comes powered by a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder K15B petrol engine producing 102 hp of maximum power and 130 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties are performed by either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic unit, supported by part-time 4WD system with low range transfer gear. The SUV is claimed to “overcome muddy pits” and “maneuver through dense woods and massive rocks”.
In terms of looks and features, the vehicle features a front grille with vertical openings, LED headlamps with washers, drip rail and rear combination lamps and clamshell bonnet. As for price, the Jimny starts at JPY 1,458,000 (INR 9.02 lakh) for the base model Jimny XG and goes up to JPY 2,019,600 (INR 12.49 lakh) for the top-end Jimny Sierra JC variant. The regular Jimny will be available in XG, XL, and XC variants, while the Jimny Sierra is available in two variants - JL and JC. The SUV has already been officially revealed for the European market.
Another interesting fact is that though the arrival of Maruti Suzuki Jimny is not confirmed for the Indian market yet but the Tata Nexon which is available in the same price bracket as the expected Suzuki Jimny also went through the Global NCAP test recently and ended up receiving a safety rating of four out five stars. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the Maruti Suzuki Jimny coming to the Indian market.