Some 50 units of the Suzuki Jimny have rolled off the assembly line at Gurugram in India as part of a production “trial”, claims a new report.

According to Autocar India, the Maruti Suzuki plant has assembled 50 examples of the little off-roader from CKD kits imported from Japan. Full production is expected to start soon, with exporting on the cards, too.

Until now, the fourth-generation Jimny has been built exclusively in Japan, with the firm’s Kosai facility struggling to meet global demand.

Interestingly, earlier reports suggested Maruti Suzuki would also build a five-door version of the Jimny. This version, says Autocar India, is tipped to launch in India only later in 2021.

In South Africa, the three-strong Jimny range starts at R307 900 for the base GA derivative and runs to R365 900 for the self-shifting GLX variant. Earlier in December 2020, Suzuki Auto South Africa said it was finally catching up with local demand.