Maruti Suzuki Dismiss Jimny 3-Door For India; 5-Door “Resonates With Family” | V3Cars
Suzuki showcased the new-generation Jimny in 2018 and it’s taken over 4 years for the brand to launch the SUV in a market that contributes the highest sales volumes – India. The reason is that the Indian arm of carmaker – Maruti Suzuki – did not want to launch the 3-door Jimny here.
The smaller 3-door Jimny is, however, made in India for export purposes. But as per Maruti Suzuki’s assessment, it’s not a good fit for our market. “Jimny in India is always going to be (a) 5-door (car)”, Maruti Suzuki’s Chief Technical Officer, CV Raman, told V3Cars. He further said, “3-door (Jimny), we felt, would not give us the kind of traction that is desired to gain volume and increase penetration of Jimny across (India)”.
While Maruti Suzuki did not disclose the kind of volumes that they expect from the Jimny, the carmaker did tell us that they’ll position the SUV as “an aspirational” car in their portfolio. The Jimny will remain exclusive to the Maruti Suzuki’s upscale Nexa line of sales outlets alongside larger UVs like the new Fronx, Grand Vitara and XL6.
Besides attracting off-road enthusiasts with its capability on tough terrain, Maruti Suzuki believe that the Jimny can cater to the daily needs of urban buyers as well. The 5-door Jimny is a 4-seater vehicle and the rear seats can accommodate two adults easily, as we saw at the Auto Expo. While the rear seats can accommodate full-size adults, rear doors make access to the rear cabin easy (compared to the 3-door Jimny).
Maruti Suzuki claim that the wheelbase of the 5-door Jimny is 340mm longer, leading to 50mm more leg space for the rear passenger along with a 2 degree increase in recline of the rear seats. After these updates, the Maruti Suzuki officials believe that the Jimny “resonates with (Indian) family”.
Additionally, Raman told us that they have tuned the suspension of the Jimny to make sure that it’s comfortable to drive as an everyday car. Now we need to find out whether the Jimny is really suitable for 4 adults for every day use or not. We’ll drive the car soon to find out just how well it can cater to the everyday needs of city dwellers.
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