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Maruti Suzuki five seater to be launched in India soon

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The Jimny has been around long enough in global markets for it to be time for a mid-life nip and tuck, but more importantly this also means that the 5-door Jimny is one step closer to making it to reality. The 5-door Jimny, introduced to India as the Sierra at the 2020 Auto Expo is ear-marked for India. Recent spy-shots reveal a few more details of the India bound SUV.

Like the Jimny Sierra, the 5-door version of the Jimny will be about 300mm longer than the 3-door both in terms of wheelbase and length. The Jimny 5-door will measure in at 3,850mm in length, 1,645mm in width and 1,730mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,550mm. Like the 3-door the Jimny 5-door will have a ground clearance of 210mm and weigh in a 1190kg, 100 more than the 3-door. In the India perspective, this means that the Jimny will come in under the 4-meter mark, although the 1.5 liter petrol motor in the Jimny is likely to negate the benefit of its overall length in terms of taxation.

In global markets the K15B 1.5 litre petrol is rated for 102bhp, although it will be interesting to see if Maruti Suzuki opt for the mild-hybrid powertrain that usually accomanies this motor in India. At present Maruti Suzuki uses this motor with the smart hybrid system in the Vitara Brezza, the S-Cross, the Ciaz as well as the Ertiga. It is likely that the Jimny 5-door will use the same 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter that we’ve seen on all the above cars.

Now it is likely that the 5-door Jimny will debut alongside the 3-door Jimny facelift globally with similar cosmetic tweaks. India has already been manufacturing the Jimny 3-door for export markets for some time now, and now we can confirm that the 5-door has been earmarked for a launch in India shortly after the global launch, either by the end of 2021 or early next year.

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Automobile producer MG Hector to deliver 100 ambulances in Nagpur and Vadodara

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MG Motor India has delivered eight units of retrofitted Hector ambulances to Nagpur local authorities in the light of rising coronavirus cases. The custom-built ambulances are equipped with modern life-saving systems.

The eight units delivered are out of 100 such vehicles requested from MG Motor India for Nagpur and Vidarbha regions by Union minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari. MG says that it accepted the minister’s request and immediately delivered eight units of the ambulance to Nagpur local authorities. “The minister has called for our support at this critical time. We have immediately deposited 8 of the 100 requested Hector Ambulance units, “MG Motor India President and MD Rajeev Chaba said.

The retrofitted ambulances have been custom-built by the company’s engineers at its Halol plant located in Gujarat. All the SUV ambulances have been equipped with the required medical additions such as a medicine cabinet, ventilator, an oxygen supply system, 5 parameter monitor, auto-loading stretcher, an inverter with battery additional sockets, a siren, a lightbar, and a fire extinguisher.

In March this year, the company had donated five units of retrofitted Hector ambulances to Nagpur’s Nangia Specialty Hospital. For this, the carmaker has collaborated with the MG Nagpur dealership. Before this, the company had also donated these ambulances to hospitals in Vadodara and Halol in Gujarat. Speaking about this in March, Chaba had said, “We have received positive feedback about the Hector Ambulance from GMERS in Vadodara and CHC Hospital in Halol, wherein they have added tangible value to the region’s fight against the pandemic.”

Various automakers have stepped up to help the country reeling under the crisis of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Companies like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Hero MotoCorp, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ford India, Bajaj Auto, TVS Motor and Skoda Auto India, among others, have helped procure essential medical supplies, set up Covid beds and made relief donations.

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