Suzuki has greenlit the launch of Jimny in the Indian market. It is being said that the version that will come to India will be a 5-door one. Currently, the three-door Left-hand drive Jimny is being locally produced in India for export purposes. Now, two Jimnys have been spotted in Mumbai. It is still not clear what Jimny was doing in Mumbai because Suzuki manufactures Jimny at Maruti Suzuki’s Gurugram production plant.
The 5-door Jimny is expected to measure 3,850 mm in length, 1,645 mm in width and 1,730 mm in height. It will have a wheelbase of 2,550 mm. Whereas, the 3-door Jimny measures 3,550 mm in length, 1,645 mm in width and 1,730 mm. It has a wheelbase of 2,250 mm. So, the length and the wheelbase will be increased by 300 mm.
What this will do, is open up cabin space. So, the rear occupants would have more legroom and there would be proper space for the manufacturer to put rear doors which means that the rear occupants would be able to get in or out more easily. As of now, the rear occupants have to climb to the rear seats by folding the front ones which can be a bit cumbersome.
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There would not be much of a visual difference between the three-door and the five-door versions of the Jimny. Some media reports claim that Suzuki might give a different grille to the five-door Jimny to differentiate it from the outside. Moreover, there could be a slightly more premium cabin because customers would be paying extra for the five-door Jimny. Having said that, nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
By looking at the dimensions, one would think that Jimny would be able to take advantage of taxes but that would happen. Because it is highly likely that Maruti Suzuki will use the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine for the Jimny. It produces 102 hp and 138 Nm. The engine will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The engine and gearbox is the same combo that we have seen on various other Maruti Suzuki vehicles such as Vitara Brezza, XL6, Ertiga, Ciaz and S-Cross.
As per international media reports, Suzuki can use the 1.4-litre BoosterJet turbocharged petrol engine from the Swift Sport for the 5-door Jimny. It produces 127 hp and 235 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
What is confirmed, is that at least the higher variants of the Jimny will feature a proper 4×4 drivetrain with a low range gearbox. So, we can expect it to be pretty capable when competing against its competitors such as Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha. Mahindra and Force are already working on 5-door versions of the Thar and the Gurkha.
There would also be 12V mild-hybrid technology that Suzuki calls SHVS. It stands for Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki. The hybrid technology would enable functionalities like torque-assist at low speeds, idle start/stop and brake regeneration. All of this helps in increasing fuel efficiency and decreasing emissions.
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