Maruti Suzuki has discontinued the Gypsy in India, and it has no plans to launch the Jimny right now as a replacement. The confirmation of the Jimny not coming to India comes from Maruti Suzuki’s senior director of engineering, CV Raman. In a recent interaction with V3Cars, Raman clarified that Maruti Suzuki has no plans to introduce the Jimny, or any of its derivative, in India in 2019.
Insider sources, however, maintain that Jimny might come to India in the future, but it’s still at least a couple of years away. So we expect the Jimny to be introduced in India not before 2021.
The Jimny, which is in its fourth generation, continues to be a ladder-frame architecture based sub-4m SUV. In its latest avatar, Suzuki has not only focused on making it capable off the road, but has also focused on creature comforts. So features like automatic climate control and touchscreen infotainment system are on offer overseas. In comparison, the Gypsy was barely equipped with any comfort or safety features.
The Gypsy, which was launched in India in 1985, is in fact the second generation version of the Jimny. It was, however, stretched (made longer) for the Indian market. Likewise, the fourth generation Jimny is also expected to be made longer than the model that is on sale in markets like Japan and the UK. By making it longer, Maruti Suzuki will carve more room inside the cabin for rear passengers, and might add rear doors as well to ease entry and exit.
At the moment, Maruti Suzuki is focusing on readying its portfolio for the upcoming BS6 emission norms, and the company seems to have updates of some of the key models, like the Dzire, coming up in 2020. So, if you’ve been holding your car purchase for the new Jimny, there’s still time before it comes to our shores.