Suzuki is working on a 5-seater version of the Jimny. According to the Japanese media, the new SUV is going to launch next year. The spy shots of Jimny’s Long Wheelbase version has already been spied in the international market. But the manufacturer is also working on a 5-seater version according to the rumours.
Cosmetically there would be not many differences between the three-door and five-door Jimny. It would use the same alloy wheel design, same headlamps and tail lamps. The only difference between the two will be that the 5-door will have a longer wheelbase. There are also rumours that Suzuki might offer a different grille design for the five-door Jimny. This will make it easier to differentiate between the three-door and the five-door version. However, nothing has been confirmed by the manufacturer as of now.
The five-door Jimny will have a 300 mm longer wheelbase than the three-door Jimny. It will measure 2,550 mm whereas the three-door Jimny’s wheelbase is 2,250 mm. The added wheelbase will help the rear occupants to get in and get out more easily. Currently, the rear occupants need to shift the front seats and then climb towards the back seat. If the wheelbase is longer then the manufacturer would be able to add a set of rear doors and the rear occupants can simply use them.
Because of the added wheelbase, the length of the five-door Jimny will also go up by 300 mm. The five-d0or Jimny will measure 3,850 mm in length as compared to the 3,550 mm length of the three-door Jimny. The weight of the five-door Jimny will also be 100 kgs more than the regular Jimny. The three-door Jimny weighs 1,090 kgs and the 5-door Jimny weighs 1,190 kgs.
Currently, the Jimny comes with a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that we have also seen on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ciaz, XL6, Ertiga and S-Cross. The engine produces 101 hp of max power and 130 Nm of peak torque. In Japan, Jimny is sold as a K Car. Due to this, you can get it with a 660 cc three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 64 hp of max power and 94 Nm of peak torque
There are new rumours that Suzuki might use a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine for the Jimny LWB and 5-seater Jimny. The engine is derived from the Swift Sport. The 1.4-litre turbo petrol produces 127 hp of max power and 235 Nm of peak torque. This will be done because the Jimny LWB and the 5-door are larger and heavier vehicles.
This is a good power bump over the 1.5-litre petrol engine that is used in all the markets where the Jimny is sold. The SUV will also come with a 4×4 drivetrain so that it can tackle off-road terrains. The lower variants might come only as a front-wheel-drive configuration.
Suzuki also recently launched the Jimny Lite in Australia. The Lite variant is currently being built in Japan. It is basically a more affordable version of the Jimny that misses out on some equipment. It does not get alloy wheels instead it comes with black rims. There is also no 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Instead, you get a 2-din infotainment system. It also misses out on fog lamps and projector headlamps. There are no mechanical changes to the Jimny Lite.