Maruti Suzuki manufactured and sold the second generation Suzuki Jimny in India as the Maruti Gypsy. The vehicle was a rugged all terrain vehicle which was very popular with the Indian Armed Forces and the Police. Initially it did well in the civil market, but lost out due to petrol only offering.

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The fourth generation Jimny is a small but agile and smart looking off-roader. The car is a three door version which may not find much traction in India. As a result, Maruti has started assembling the Jimny at their Gurugram plant for exports only. The Jimny is powered by a 106 PS Suzuki K15B engine. This is an inline four cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine. The same engine does duty in the Maruti Ciaz and Ertiga but in a lower state of tune producing 97 PS of power at 5.600 rpm and 135 N-m of torque at 4,400 rpm.

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In the Jimny, this engine will be mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed torque converter automatic. The Jimny will be available in both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive.It is believed that Maruti is developing a five door version of the car also which is expected to compete against the five-door Mahindra Thar, also believed to be under development.

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