Suzuki Jimny RC 1:16 Scale Model Launched By Xiaomi
This Suzuki Jimny might look like real, but it is a 1:16 scale model made by the Chinese smartphone maker.
When Sony launched the Vision-S concept in the Consumer Electronic Show 2020, it was expected that more smartphone manufacturers will follow suit. Well, Xiaomi has, and unlike a concept, it can be bought by consumers, that too for 199 yuan (Rs. 2110/-).
As the price suggests, the car is not full scale, for Xiaomi has created a running scaled-down version of the Suzuki Jimny, a vehicle known for its capabilities off the beaten track despite its size. Also, the car is available for 179 yuan (Rs. 1,900) as long as the introductory price exists.
The Xiaomi Suzuki Jimny RC is in 1:16 scale and can be controlled via a person’s smartphone and all it takes is an application and Bluetooth to operate it. Xiaomi has managed to create the operable scale model with over 200 components, with the ladder frame made out of nylon material that is said to be shock proof.
There are miniature shocks and coil springs and the model even comes with off-road tyres, although how useful they would be on such a thing is something to be debated about.
Like the original, the Jimny scale model has four-wheel drive and can be steered by moving one’s smartphone around. The g sensor present on the digital servo in the car picks up the sudden manipulation and changes direction. What’s more, there are potential mods that are on the cards for the small Jimny.
As far as we can work out, there is a slight problem for Xiaomi when it comes to selling it in India. With anti-China sentiment running high in the nation due to the Ladakh face-off the two most populated countries had, Xiaomi might very well not bring the “car” here.