Following many sightings of the five-door Maruti Suzuki Jimny in the treacherous geographical conditions of Ladakh, recently another test mule Jimny was also discovered being tested. However, this time, this is a 7-seat version! That is unexpected.
We know that a 5-seat Jimny is definitely coming to India. But the 7-seater Jimny is a new development. We have no idea of this is a one-off variant, or whether it is meant for actual production in India.
The freshly spotted test mule was seen with black alloy wheels, ORVMs, door handles, and a spare wheel in the back all tightly hidden under heavy camouflage. Its conventional front grille and circular headlights in a vintage design were also noticeable. The mule was also seen adorning a sporty red seat upholstery, in the spy footage.
Upcoming Maruti Jimny 7 seater variant spied testing – Red interiors?
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The new 5-door Jimny from Maruti Suzuki will be available as a 5-seater, off-road lifestyle SUV.
The Maruti Jimny 7-seater may come with jump seats as an option. The new Maruti SUV’s official specifications are still a secret though. It is believed that a huge 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the most recent smartphone connection, rear AC vents, steering-mounted controls, USB charging ports, and other amenities could be offered in the production-ready model in the country.
Most likely, the new five-door Maruti Suzuki Jimny will be equipped with the 1.5-liter K15C naturally aspirated petrol engine and clever hybrid technology from the automaker. This engine will be offered with both 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission choices, and it will be able to generate about 103 PS and 136 Nm of torque. Which engine would be used for the 7-seat variant is not known to us at the moment.
The five-door Jimny will have Suzuki’s AllGrip four-wheel-drive system as standard equipment throughout the lineup, much like the global-spec model. The Mahindra Thar, the only lifestyle four-wheel-drive SUV currently on the market, will face a new threat from the new Jimny as a result.
Earlier last month, a couple of Maruti Jimny SUVs were spotted testing in Ladakh with Maruti’s newly launched Grand Vitara and a Mahindra Thar. The spy video from last month showed not one but two Maruti Suzuki Jimny SUVs under heavy camouflage. They quickly cross the vehicle and just behind them were a Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and a Mahindra Thar. The Maruti Jimny seen in the video were both 5-door versions.
The small size of the Jimny 3-door is one of the reasons Maruti is not introducing it in India. It is not very functional and can only comfortably accommodate two people. Maruti chose to develop a far more useful 5-door Jimny for the Indian market in order to address this problem. The 5-door Jimny has a larger wheelbase and appears a little bit bigger than the 3-door models. Both the second-row passenger and the boot room may simply be expanded. The Maruti Jimny 5-door most likely shares the same design as the 3-door model in terms of appearance.
Maruti Jimny will most likely have a cabin that is significantly more plain-looking and simpler in design than Mahindra Thar. If the dashboard is the same as the 3-door model, we won’t be shocked. The SUV will have a twin-pod analogue cluster in the middle with a MID. It would include a touchscreen infotainment system, electric windows, and air conditioning, and the steering wheel would be identical to that of the recently released Grand Vitara.