Maruti Suzuki reveals how efficient the Jimny is
Since the Jimny’s unveiling at the 2023 Auto Expo, the hype about this off-road-centric SUV has been sky-high. While most of the specifications were revealed back then Maruti Suzuki didn't make the ARAI figures public. Now just before the Jimny’s market debut, Maruti Suzuki has finally announced its upcoming 4x4 SUV’s fuel economy numbers.
The Jimny with the five-speed manual gearbox will return 16.94kmpl and the four-speed automatic version will return a mileage of 16.39kmpl. The Jimny will be equipped with a 40-litre fuel tank, and if you do the math, the stick-shift variant will offer nearly 678km on a full tank, as opposed to about 656km with the auto-gearbox variants. Mind you these are ARAI-certified figures, so the real-world numbers will differ considerably.
The Jimny will be powered by a nat-asp 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine rated at 103bhp and 134Nm of torque. Unlike the Grand Vitara which gets an AWD 'ALLGRIP' variant, the Jimny being a proper 4X4, gets the Suzuki ALLGRIP PRO low ratio gearbox, which will help indulge in hardcore off-roading. You can select between two-wheel-drive high (2H), four-wheel-drive high (4H), and four-wheel-drive low (4L).
Based on the aforementioned mileage figures, the Jimny is quite frugal for a petrol-only off-roader. However, do note that the 1.5-litre engine under the hood is slightly less efficient than the Brezza, which is powered by the same engine but with a mild-hybrid configuration, and it is also a more updated version of the engine (K15C in the Brezza vs K15B in the Jimny). The SUV is also not as powerful as the 2.0-litre turbo-powered Mahindra Thar, but the Jimny will most likely cover up due to the considerably lower kerb weight (more than half a tonne lighter than the Thar). Keep an eye out for our review of the Jimny that drops on May 26, in which we tell you all about the design, performance, ride and handling and more.