The Jimny has been one of the most hyped vehicles for Suzuki. Since the manufacturer showcased it at the Auto Expo 2020, there has been a lot of questions around the launch of it. But Maruti Suzuki cleared the rumours by saying that they do not have any plans to launch the Jimny in the Indian market. However, Suzuki is working on a 5-door version of the Jimny about which more details have now surfaced.
Suzuki says that for the time being, they are focusing on expanding the supply of the 3-door Jimny for this year. This is the reason that Jimny has started production in India and is currently being exported to other countries. The 5-door version will be coming in 2022. The model could be revealed in early 2022 with the launch being in July next year.
The wheelbase of the 5-door Jimny will be 300 mm longer. This will help in liberating more cabin space. So, the occupants will have more legroom and they will be comfortable over journeys. The three-door Jimny measures 2,250 mm whereas the five-door will measure 2,550 mm. The added wheelbase means that the rear doors will help in easy ingress and egress for the rear occupants. As of now, the rear occupants have to climb in by shifting the front seats forward which is quite a task.
Because of this, the weight of the 5-door Jimny will go up by 100 kgs. The three-door Jimny weighs 1,090 kgs whereas the 5-door Jimny weighs 1,190 kgs. The length of the three-door Jimny is 3,550 mm and the 5-door measures 3,850 mm.
As of now, the leaked document stated that the 5-door Jimny will use the same 1.5-litre K15B naturally aspirated petrol engine as the 3-door Jimny. The engine produces 102 PS of max power and 130 Nm of peak torque. However, there are rumours that the manufacturer might slap on a turbocharger onto the engine to handle the additional weight. In India, we can also get a front-wheel-drive configuration for the lower variants to keep the costs low. The higher variants will come with a 4×4 system that will transfer the power to all four wheels.
The three-door Jimny costs 1,793,000 yen to 2,057,000 Yen whereas the Jimny 5-door is expected to have a price increase by 300,00o Yen.
The leaked spy shot of the long-wheelbase Jimny was similar to the three-door one. However, as per the rumours, Suzuki might change the grill design of the five-door Jimny. This will be done so that it is easy to differentiate from the three-door Jimny.
The cabin of the 5-door Jimny could be redone with some premium touches so that it has some up-market feel. The upholstery might get some leatherette touches. There can also be a rear and front armrest. The cabin of the three-door Jimny is pretty basic. There is a three-spoke steering wheel, analogue dials for the instrument cluster, automatic climate control, manual interior rearview mirror and a manual parking brake. Fortunately, Suzuki does offer the 7-inch SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.