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New Delhi. Maruti Suzuki had introduced the 5-door Jimny lifestyle SUV and the Franks crossover at the 2023 Auto Expo. Actually, on the second day of the auto event i.e. on January 12, 2023, the booking of the new SUV started. Both the SUVs will be sold through Nexa dealerships. The Franks crossover and the Jimny SUV can be booked online or at authorized dealerships by paying Rs 11,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively.
Speaking to the media, Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Senior Executive Officer, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said that the 5-door Jimny Lifestyle SUV has received over 23,500 bookings. On the other hand, Maruti Suzuki Fronx gets around 15,500 bookings. While the Fruks crossover will go on sale in the first half of April 2023, the Jimny lifestyle SUV will go on sale by May-June 2023.
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Based on the rugged ladder-on-frame chassis, the 5-door Jimny lifestyle SUV will be pitted against the Mahindra Thar and the Force Gurkha. It will be powered by a 1.5-litre K15B naturally aspirated petrol engine with idle start/stop system. This powertrain produces 105PS and 137Nm of torque, and can be mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque converter automatic. The SUV gets Suzuki’s AllGrip Pro 4WD system with manual transfer case and a low-range gearbox as standard.
Its approach angle is 36°, departure angle is 50° and break-over angle is 24°. The SUV has a ground clearance of 210 mm and offers 208 liters of boot space. It will be offered in two trim levels – Zeta and Alpha. For safety and security, the new 5-door Suzuki Jimny gets 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, hill hold assist, electronic stability program (ESP), brake assist and a rearview camera as standard.
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Crossover version of Baleno hatchback
The new Franks crossover is basically a crossover version of the Baleno hatchback. It will be offered with two engine options – a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol and a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol. While the former is good for 100bhp and 147.6Nm of peak torque, the 1.2L NA engine produces 90bhp and 113Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual as standard, a 5-speed AMT with the naturally aspirated unit and a 6-speed torque converter automatic with the turbo petrol engine.
The SUV gets 6 airbags, vehicle stability control, ABS with EBD, a 360-degree camera, rear parking sensors and other safety features. In terms of features, the crossover will get a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment screen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Arkamys-tuned sound system, wireless phone charger, head-up display or HUD, connected car tech, keyless entry, automatic AC. Is. Rear AC vents, push-button start, cruise control and many other features are available.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 23, 2023, 17:41 IST