Suzuki Gimny heading to India..?

Maruti Suzuki Jimny India Launch Suzuki Gimny heading to India..?Indian auto enthusiasts must be thankful to Premier Automobiles Ltd for creating a new market segment with the launch of their mini SUV Rio. The launch of Premier RiO created created unforeseen interest towards this segment (min-SUV) among others automobile manufacturers. Mahindra was the first to announce a similar product, a chopped of Xylo, which is scheduled for next year launch (speculated) and now country’s largest  car manufacturing company wants to join the party. According  to Hindu Businessline, Maruti Suzuki is considering ‘Suzuki Jimny’ — a two-door  SUV sold in Japan for Indian market. Suzuki Jimny is powered by a petrol engine in it’s home country, Japan but  Maruti will opt  for a diesel-powered four-door version for Indian market.

“We’re looking at how to strengthen our portfolio and are identifying new gaps. We’re actively looking at the small SUV space … this will have to be a four-door diesel model, as a petrol two-door SUV will not click with the Indian consumer. We’re working on an almost new concept for this,” said a senior company official.

Maruti Suzuki will be launching  seven new models in two year’s time. Suzuki Jimny and R/// concept will be filling the gap in Maruti Suzuki’s portfolio which is currently dominated by small cars. Maruti Suzuki India’s SUV offerings, Grand Vitara and  Gypsy are continuing their dismal performance in the segment. But Indian SUV market grown by seventy percent in this year (2010) and is ruled by diesel motor powered Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari, Toyota Innova and Ford Endeavour.  The growth of SUV segment may continue for coming years as well. So naturally Maruti can not stay away from this market for long time. Suzuki may source diesel engines for their upcoming models from VW.

In the year 2010, in every month Maruti Suzuki managed to clock double digit growth in sales. But it is a known fact that Maruti is loosing their market share dominance to other players  like Ford, Chevrolet and  Hyundai. So it could be a strategic decision for Maruti to test success in untapped market segment like small SUVs and MPVs. Rather it would be essential for them to enter these untouched areas to maintain their leadership in our country.

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    • Way back in 2k4 I read an article that JIMNY will be launched…..!!!!
      I presume by 2012 end it should be there in Indian Market.
      It’s one of the finest, compact cum spacious SUVs…I am sure it’ll be a hit

  1. This is great news for India however in the UK the diesel engine is not available although it has been in Europe since 2004? Why? No five door LWB here also?

  2. Suzuki Jimny was launched in 1985 in US stopped producing after first batch of this piece of Junk spoiled many peoples happiness due to roll over tendency .It was then branded as Roll Over -Jimny in US and almost got banned by authorities , they discontinued in US and sold lacks of vehicles in Indian Army with heavy under the table kickbacks.Now this junk is coming back with VW pump duse engines will go to dogs

  3. Hi,Readers,Specifications of upcoming Maruti Jimny sounds nice.But after coming, so many options in market like> Suv Rio,Mini Xylo,Mahindra Thar. Maruti have to come up with more comfortableness in Every Aspect, in comparision with all these competitors.But one more aspect which Maruti have to look will be if Maruti launches Jimny with 3 doors,in my Opinion this will be a Fail like Tata Sierra in Past,due to its non-practical and uncomfortable 3 door concept as per general Indian Choice. And also it should be Diesel Version. Lets See,Time will tell the Difference.

  4. The suzuki Jimny that is in UK market looks nice. in fact lot of these small SUV in UK market look nice, Mitsubushi Colt is one good example. Let’s hope that Maruti does launch a new version of Gypsy.