A 5-door variant, Suzuki Jimny Long Wheelbase (LWB) will give tough competition to new Mahindra Thar
One of Suzuki’s bestsellers, mini off-roader Jimny SUV is available in different wheelbase sizes based on the specific market. For example, the Kei car variant sold in Japanese domestic market has a wheelbase of 3,395 mm (133.7 in). In comparison, global-spec Jimny has a wheelbase in the range of 3,550–3,645 mm (139.8–143.5 in).
For India, Maruti will launch a longer wheelbase version, which will still be a sub 4 meter version. It is expected to be offered with 5 doors, unlike the 3 door versions currently on sale in multiple markets. Specs of this upcoming Maruti Jimny 5 door version have now leaked, thanks to Creative311.
Maruti Jimny LWB Dimensions and Engine Specs
As per a leaked document, it will be 3850mm in length. This means it is 300 mm longer. The extended length is due to the extended wheelbase. Internationally sold Jimny wheelbase is 2250 mm while the one for India will have a wheelbase of 2550mm, as per the leaked info.
Other dimensions will remain same. Width if 1645 mm, Height of 1730 mm and ground clearance of 210mm. Engine option on offer will be the same 1.5 liter petrol unit which is on offer with Brezza. This unit delivers 102 PS and 130 Nm. Transmission options on offer will include 5 MT as well as 4 AT. There is no mention of 4WD or AWD at the moment. Expect it to be only offered with FWD in India.
Practicality, Features of Jimny 5 door
Compared to the 3 door version, a 5-door version would be more practical for everyday needs, as it will ensure easy ingress and egress. Longer wheelbase will translate into increased cabin space and legroom for rear passengers. The cargo area could also get bigger with a larger wheelbase.
Except the change in its size, Maruti Jimny 5 door variant looks similar to current Jimny. Some of the key features of fourth generation Jimny include round LED headlamps with washers, front grille with vertical openings, clamshell bonnet, angled bumper edges, prominent wheel arches, drip rail to keep things dry, and rear combination lamps.
In Indian market, second-generation Jimny was available as Maruti Gypsy. It had significant fan following, as the SUV was known for its swift performance. Gypsy has also been among the preferred options for Indian armed forces and police units.
Talking about present day, it will be safe to assume that many enthusiasts in India would be interested in trying Jimny. We have already seen the phenomenal response for Mahindra Thar, which now has waiting period of up to ten months. If Maruti Suzuki makes the right moves, it could present Jimny as a strong rival to Thar.
Even when Maruti Suzuki may have finalized plans to launch 5-door Jimny in India, it cannot be expected before 2022. Launching Jimny in India should not pose any significant challenge to the company, as the 3-door variant is already being manufactured in India for export markets. It is imported as CKD units from Japan and assembled in India. Made in India 3-door Jimny is currently meant for export to markets in Latin America, Africa and Middle East.