Maruti Suzuki has confirmed it has started producing the Jimny at its Gurugram plant in India, with the first export units already having left the country.

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

“As there is a large customer demand worldwide well beyond Suzuki Japan’s capacity for this model, Indian manufacturing will supplement capacity to meet this global demand,” Maruti Suzuki said in a statement.

The first shipment of 184 units has already left from the Mundra port to Latin American countries such as Columbia and Peru. The firm says the three-door off-roader will be exported to Latin America, Middle East and African markets.

While Suzuki Auto South Africa has yet to indicate whether it will switch to sourcing the Jimny from India, the company in December 2020 said it finally catching up with local demand.

Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki, confirmed the Indian-built Jimny would share the "same specification" as the one produced in Japan.

“Jimny will fulfil aspirations of customers throughout the world. Jimny manufactured at Maruti Suzuki’s Gurugram plant shares the same specification as the export models produced at the Suzuki Motor Corporation’s Kosai plant in Japan. We are confident with Jimny we will be able to enhance our overall exports,” said Ayukawa.