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dr_nishu

Suzuki Jimny ! This is the right time

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Since SUV trend is on a high in our country's automotive market nowadays. Almost every manufacturer is coming up with compact soft-roader SUVs, Pseudo SUVs(cars that look like SUV) or Crossovers but still we're having very less True SUVs with proper SUV traits specially below Rs.10 lacs price range, Present ones are Mahindra Thar(DI & CRDe), Maruti Gypsy & Force Gurkha, the sales of the last one is also restricted to BS-III markets only.

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Since Maruti Suzuki is enjoying success of its products by virtue of their versatility, fuel efficiency & value for money aspects.

With keeping all these aspects & market scenario under consideration, I think this is the best time for Maruti Suzuki to introduce Suzuki's Globally acclaimed Compact SUV Jimny here in India, again reason being the highly oriented customers demand towards the true SUVs & Jimny being a very fine yet rugged product is very capable to justify itself here by virtue of its capabilities. It can easily carve its niche where others failed with keeping its identity distinct. Though Globally its available in Petrol engine only but it would even more better if Maruti Suzuki can introduce it with any Diesel engine option here.

(Pic source: Suzuki company website)

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Well Maruti is current testing the YBA compact SUV which seems similar in size to the Jimny. Also the Gyspy is essentially the Jimny if you check pics of the previous gen vehicle. Hope the YBA comes soon with a nice price and an Autobox. The Baleno is priced well but I dnt feel Nexa has made any waves in the market.

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Why not introduce a facelift of Gypsy?

It can very well come with a 1.4 K-series from the Ertiga/Ciaz.

Maruti has access to the 1.3 diesel already and now the 1.6 too.. it would make a killer proposition in the market and I'm sure they'll be able to price it well below the S-Cross.

Hard tops and soft tops convertible will again rule the roads :-)

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Gypsy is too old & bit dated now for current market scenario.

For that purpose, more than facelift, Jimny seems to be better option as its a better & more advanced generation version.

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+1 to Hari. The exterior is very cube-ish.

And to your point Dr., the Jimny is clearly a size smaller than the Gypsy. This car, in flesh, will be even smaller than the Premier Rio (if anyone remembers that :D )

I don't see a point getting such a small car on the road and trying to pitch it against the Ecosport. Because that's what it'll pitch against if it's sub-4 meter mini SUV.

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+1 Neeraj

Jimny is not looking premium and is does not have an image or personality to attract buyers who is looking for compact SUV or a JEEP type vehicle.

Bolero succeeded because it offered onroad / offroad capabilities , compact dimensions with features such as , air-conditioning, power steering, etc... and capacity to seat 5 / 7 may be not very comfortably or ample luggage space. Though Bolero is very "CRUDE" vehicle it is accepted because it's practical and tough which can handle any Indian roads.

Instead Jimny Maruti should improve GYPSY with powerful diesel and petrol engines with refreshed interiors duly installed with gadgets jult like "FIAT Avventura" and some comfort features such as aircoditioning and comfortable back seat.

Maruti should offer to customer various options for the type of roof such as soft top , hard top etc.... Personally I like soft top as it gives Gypsy a different and rugged image.

Gypsy has still got lot of potential and looks classy with it's perpetual JEEP design which will never get outdated.

Just like Humvee / Hummer Gypsy is used by Indian Army so buyer of Gypsy feel more proud and confident about it's capabilities.

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Bolero succeeded because it offered onroad / offroad capabilities , compact dimensions with features such as , air-conditioning, power steering, etc... and capacity to seat 5 / 7 may be not very comfortably or ample luggage space. Though Bolero is very "CRUDE" vehicle it is accepted because it's practical and tough which can handle any Indian roads.

Actually the Gypsy is the second generation Suzuki Jimny which was launched in 1981 in Japan. This model shown above is the 3rd gen launched in 1998 (Yeah its already 18 years old). So it probably has very good off road properties. Not to mention it looks compact and probably has air conditioning and power steering and other basic features. Give it a good diesel engine and I think its perfect for India (for those who need off roading capabilities that is)

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It looks like Maruti Suzuki is more focussed to introduce more products in segments other than SUV / MUV.

If we see the current line-up Maruti and the cars showcased at Auto Expo 2016 it seems like Maruti Suzuki is more interested to introduce Hatch / Compact SUV (Ignis) or similar products than to offer a fullfledged SUV just like M&M or TATA.

May be Maruti is waiting for a right product to introduce in place of GYPSY to rule the segment.

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So this image doing rounds on the internet is being claimed as the next-gen Jimny. Honestly, not a good fan of the looks but yah, if its coming to India then most welcome! 

 

 

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