The Jimny is creating a lot of hype since it was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. Suzuki is now testing a long-wheelbase version of the Jimny whose spy shots have been clicked earlier also. Now, there are new spy shots that have surfaced on the internet which shows the Jimny LWB in more detail. The LWB Jimny is expected to get launched sometime next year. Suzuki cannot launch it this year because they are currently working on increasing the supply of the three-door Jimny.
In Japan, the Jimny is powered by a 660 cc three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 64 hp of max power and 94 Nm of peak torque. There is also a more powerful 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine available that produces 101 hp of max power and 130 Nm of peak torque.
However, according to rumours the Jimny LWB can be offered with a more powerful 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that is doing duty on the Swift Sport. This will be done because the Jimny LWB is a larger and heavier vehicle. The 1.4-litre turbo petrol produces 127 hp of max power and 235 Nm of peak torque.
This is a healthy power bump when compared to the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine. The 1.5-litre engine also does duty on various Maruti Suzuki vehicles such as Ciaz, Vitara Brezza, S-Cross, XL6 and Ertiga. Suzuki will also be offering Jimny with a 4×4 drivetrain system while the lower variants might only be offered as a front-wheel-drive drivetrain.
The spy shots are of the Jimny LWB which could mean that there will also be a five-door Jimny too which is expected to come to India in July of 2022. The Jimny LWB will have a 300 mm longer wheelbase than the three-door Jimny. This will be done to accommodate the rear seats and this will also help in easy ingress and egress of rear occupants.
The five-door Jimny measures 2,550 mm whereas the three-door measures 2,250 mm. The length of the Jimny three-door is 3,550 mm and the five-door measures 3,850 mm. Because of the added wheelbase, the weight of the five-door Jimny has gone up by 100 kgs. The three-door Jimny weighs 1,090 kgs whereas the five-door Jimny will measure 1,190 kgs.
From the leak spy shots, we know that the design is the same as the five-door Jimny. Having said that there are rumours that the five-door Jimny will come with a different grille design so that it is easy to differentiate between three-door and five-door Jimny. We can see in the spy shots that the rear quarter window is larger than the one found on the three-door Jimny.
The five-door Jimny will also have a slightly better-built interior. So, there can be some premium touches that the manufacturer would make so that the interior looks better. Suzuki might offer leatherette upholstery, gear lever and steering wheel on the higher variants. There can be front and rear armrest for the convenience of the occupants.
There would also be a decent feature list. Expect the 5-door Jimny to offer cruise control, multi-information display, automatic climate control, electric adjustment for the rearview mirrors and more. Suzuki will also offer the 7-inch SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system that will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.