After years of rumors and months of spyshots, Suzuki has finally unveiled the Jimny 5-Door. For the sake of accuracy, this model is technically from New Delhi-based Maruti Suzuki and made its debut today at Auto Expo 2023 in India. It’s still the ladder frame off-roader we all appreciate, but it’s now significantly larger to accommodate a rear door that provides access to a much more spacious interior cabin.
While the Kei Car version of the Jimny 3-Door sold in Japan is 3,395 millimeters (133.7 inches) long, the global model stretches to 3,645 mm (143.5 inches). The newly added 5 Door measures 3,985 mm (157 in). The wheelbase has been extended by 2,590 mm (102 in), making it 340 mm (13.3 in) longer than the 3 Door variant. Maruti Suzuki says the vehicle measures 1,645 mm (64.8 in) wide and 1,720 mm (67.7 in) high, with both figures matching the international Jimny 3-Door.
It retains the upright and boxy styling of the donor car and gets a black roof to differentiate its main Kinetic Yellow color. Widened wheel arches, rounded headlamps, slatted front grille, open rear hinge and off-road tires are some of the common traits inherited from the 3-Door model. It sits on 15-inch wheels with 195/80 rubber and has a rear-mounted tailgate with black shutters.
The interior has been largely carried over from the standard Jimny, right down to the grab handles on the passenger side of the dash and the exposed faux bolts. The Indian-spec model gets a rear seat that seats up to three passengers. With the rear seats facing up, it has a cargo capacity of 208 liters (7.3 cubic feet), which can be expanded to 332 liters (11.7 cubic feet) once the benches are folded.
Goodies include a nine-inch infotainment with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a rearview camera, and an Arkamys sound system. On the safety front, the 5-Door has hill hold and hill descent assist, along with six airbags, ESP, and electronic brake force distribution (EBD).
Power comes from a mild hybrid 1.5-liter petrol engine that produces 105 hp at 6,000 rpm and 134 Nm (99 lb-ft) of torque at 4,400 rpm which is channeled to a four-wheel drive system. Gearbox options include a five-speed manual and a four-speed torque converter automatic. Owners of the Suzuki Jimny 5-Door will be able to choose from 2WD-high, 4WD-high, and 4WD-low modes for some serious off-roading with a 36-degree approach angle, 24-degree breakover angle, 50-degree departure angle, and ground clearance. 210mm.
Maruti Suzuki will assemble the Jimny 5-Door at the Gurugram factory and has already received orders in India which will go on sale in May. Other markets will follow, including Africa and Latin America.