Comparing Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-Door: South Africa-Spec vs India-Spec Models

Comparing Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-Door: South Africa-Spec vs India-Spec Models

The recently introduced Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door, manufactured in India, has successfully made its debut in South Africa, entering the market with a price tag of R 429,900 (approximately Rs 19.63 lakh). While the two variants share a foundational similarity a comprehensive comparison reveals nuanced differences, particularly in design elements, interior features, and the pricing structure. Let's delve into a more detailed analysis of these aspects.

Design Distinctions

The design of the South Africa-spec Jimny closely mirrors its Indian counterpart, with a notable difference in the wheel offerings. The South African variant boasts 15-inch alloy wheels right from the base variant, deviating from the steel wheels featured in the entry-level model in India. The South African version also offers a wider range of color choices which improves the product's aesthetic appeal to buyers.

India-spec Jimny Colours:

  • Sizzling Red
  • Nexa Blue
  • Pearl Arctic White
  • Silky Silver (Exclusive)
  • Granite Grey
  • Chiffon Ivory Metallic with bluish-black pearl roof (Exclusive)

South Africa-spec Jimny Colours:

  • Granite Gray
  • Bluish Black
  • Sizzling Red with bluish-black roof
  • Kinetic Yellow with bluish-black roof
  • Celestial Blue Pearl
  • Arctic White Pearl
  • Bluish Black Pearl
  • Jungle Green (Exclusive)
  • Sizzling Red with bluish-black pearl roof
  • Kinetic Yellow with bluish-black pearl roof
  • Chiffon Ivory Metallic with bluish-black pearl roof (Exclusive)

Interior Features

The interior of the South African Jimny 5-door maintains consistency with the design of the India-spec model, featuring the same dashboard layout. However, specific alterations in the features list set the two variants apart, details of which will be elucidated in the subsequent section.

Feature Distinctions

Both versions are equipped with a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, offering wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless entry, and advanced connected car technology. Notably, the South African Jimny is configured with a 2-speaker audio system, deviating from the 4-speaker audio setup found in the India-spec Jimny. Safety features remain consistent, encompassing ABS with EBD, up to six airbags, electronic stability control, brake assist, and ISOFIX mounts for securing child seats.

Powertrain Consistency

The powertrain configuration remains consistent between the two models. The South Africa-spec Jimny 5-door is powered by a similar 1.5-litre petrol engine, delivering 102PS/130Nm. In comparison, the India-spec variant generates 105PS/134Nm. Both models integrate a four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer case providing consumers with the option of a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing Dynamics

One of the key distinctions lies in the pricing structure. The India-spec Jimny 5-door is priced between Rs 12.74 lakh and Rs 15.05 lakh (ex-showroom). In contrast, the South African Jimny is available at a starting price of R 429,900 (approximately Rs 19.63 lakh), reaching up to R 479,900 (about Rs 21.93 lakh) and this variance in pricing reflects diverse market dynamics and consumer preferences in the respective regions. In the Indian market, the Jimny competes with the Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha further emphasizing the unique positioning of the model in different geographical contexts.