Indonesia will be a production hub for the all-new, 4th generation Suzuki Jimny off-roader. The short wheelbase version of the SUV will be built in the island archipelago. As for India, the country is only expected to get the long wheelbase of the new Suzuki Jimny. While the Jimny LWB is yet to be approved for the Indian market, a report on CarDekho suggests that such a variant is expected to arrive here after 2020. While Indonesia becomes a production hub for the short wheelbase (SWB) version of the new Suzuki Jimny, India could handle the global production for the LWB variants. In the past, there has been talk about India becoming a production hub for the Jimny, but plans have yet to materialize.
The reason why Maruti Suzuki may skip the Jimny SWB in favour of the long wheelbase model for the Indian market has to do with practicality. The three door, four seat design of the new Suzuki Jimny SWB may severely limit the sales of this SUV. On the other hand, the LWB variant will make the off-roader a lot more practical as an everyday SUV as it can accommodate 5 passengers, will have enough space for luggage, and the additional set of doors will make ingress and egress much easier. The long wheelbase version of the Jimny will not be built before 2020 though as Suzuki is currently dealing with high demand for the SWB variant.
The new Suzuki Jimny SWB is built on a ladder frame chassis, which allows for different length options. This is how the LWB variant of the SUV is expected to materialize. Mechanical details of the Jimny LWB are yet to be revealed. We expect the longer version of the SUV to use the 1.5 litre K-Series petrol engine that’s also offered on the short wheelbase Jimny’s Sierra trim. This engine puts out 106 PS and 138 Nm, and gets 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox options. The engine also supports a hybrid powertrain. A four wheel drive layout will be standard.
Here is a detailed look at the short wheelbase version of the Jimmy