Though Maruti Suzuki has broken our hearts by confirming that the Jimny won’t make it to the Indian shores, but the automaker is all set to bring two new concepts- Sierra Pickup and the Jimny Survive to the upcoming 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon which will take place from January 11th – 13th, 2019, reviving our hope. Both the concepts show the Jimny in more purpose- oriented packages. According to a media report, Suzuki says that the concept is 'designed to appeal people with DIY or other hobbies.
Talking about the concepts, the Jimny Survive is a hardcore off- roader with a roof rack, powered wrench and higher ground clearance, the Sierra Pickup is more of a farmland vehicle with a short bed attached behind the cabin in place of the rear seats. Based on the same platform as the Suzuki Jimny Sierra SUV, the Suzuki Jimny Sierra Pickup Style concept also gets a lot of retro elements like a single- piece honeycomb grille along with the old Suzuki logo as well as the ‘Sierra’ stickers on the lower half of the doors along with the Suzuki Rhino Club logo make the look worthy. Additionally, the beltline features wooden panels have been carried forward from the SUVs in the past, making the pickup feel like old school. The automaker has also increased the ride height of the Jimny along with bigger wheels, while the LED focus lights have been added to the roof for prowling the jungle, urban or otherwise, at night.
On the other hand, the Jimny Survive concept could be an ideal vehicle to explore the wild outdoors with a number of prominent features such as a new off- road bumper, a roof rack with tracks, a winch, knobby tyres, a solid bash plate, an external rollover cage, and metallic plates on all for corners for better protection from the elements.
Offered with the older Jimny, the 1.3- litre engine has been replaced by a 1.5- litre engine in the all- new Jimny. Though the displacement has been increased, the engine is smaller in terms of overall dimension compared to the 1.3- litre engine along with 15 per cent reduced weight, contributing to enhanced fuel efficiency. Suzuki also offers a 5- speed manual transmission and 4- speed automatic transmission options as well as a part- time 4WD on offer.
Currently, the fourth- generation Jimny is on sale in the Japanese market. The car is yet to be launched in other countries and Suzuki had commenced the pre- bookings for the new Jimny in different countries ahead of launch. According to the latest reports, dealers in some countries have stopped taking orders for Suzuki’s new Jimny due to limited stocks. Also, there is a hold- up at the Kosai factory in Japan where the Jimny is manufactured for local and global markets. Demand in Japan is especially strong because the Jimny qualifies for lower taxes under the country’s Kei car rule.
Though Suzuki Jimny is received great interest not only in the country it is sold but especially in India, Maruti still have no plans to bring it to the country anytime soon. Currently, Maruti Suzuki is preparing to bring the all- new Wagon R in early 2019 as well as an all- electric Wagon R slated to arrive at a later stage. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the 2019 Maruti Suzuki Jimny.