Suzuki Jimmy is a three-door SUV just like the Thar. Due to which it compromises on practicality. It has a short wheelbase which might be great for off-roading but it robs away a lot of space for the rear occupants. Recently, a long-wheelbase version of the SUV was spied on the international roads which might make it to the Indian market.
Here we have a rendering done by IAB that shows us how the upcoming SUV might end up looking like. The rendering has been done based on the spy shots that were clicked in the international market.
The design is more or less the same as the three-door regular Jimny. However, the wheelbase of the SUV is much longer than the regular one. It still remains a three-door one but because the wheelbase is no longer there will be more space for the rear occupants.
A longer wheelbase also means that ingress and egress will be easier for the rear occupants. However, still, the rear occupants would have to move the front seats forwards and then climb inside to access the second-row because there are no rear doors. The Thar also uses the same design where the SUV is still 3-door but the rear occupants have to climb to the rear seats by sliding the front seats. Also, the Jimny that will come to India might be a 5-door one. Maruti Suzuki could use the same underpinnings as the Jimny LWB and add two more doors at the rear. The rear glass is larger so that the rear occupants do not feel claustrophobic.
Powering the Jimny LWB will be the same 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that we have seen on the regular Jimny, Ciaz, XL6, Ertiga, Vitara Brezza and the S-Cross. The engine produces 102 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 138 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Because it is an off-roader it will come with a 4×4 drivetrain with a low-range transfer case.
The design of the LWB Jimny is the same as the three-door Jimny. So, at the front, you get circular headlamps with projectors and a grille with 5 vertical slats. You still get an off-road bumper with halogen foglamps. The same alloy wheels that we have seen on the regular Jimny. At the rear, there is a full-size spare wheel mounted on the tailgate that opens sideways. It still gets horizontally mounted rectangular tail lamps. Overall, the design of the SUV stays boxy and purposeful.
The Jimny three-door measures 3550 mm in length, 1645 mm in width and has a height of 1730 mm. It has a wheelbase of 2250 mm which is even smaller than the Wagon R. The LWB version should measure 3995 mm in length which will help Maruti Suzuki to increase the wheelbase but because the length is under 4-metres, the SUV would be able to take tax advantages.
The Jimny was also showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 and it is already in production at Maruti Suzuki’s plant in Gurugram. However, the Jimny is being produced only for exports. Besides Gurugram, the Jimny is also manufactured in Japan.