The Suzuki Jimny will grow a little bigger and get an extra pair of doors to make the little SUV a little more usable. This spy shot caught one of the tests in Europe. The development team wasn’t too happy with the photographer taking the pictures because one of the engineers put the finger on the photo.
Aesthetically, the five-door Jimny looks identical to the existing version, except for the extended body and additional doors. The spy photographer estimates that the wheelbase is about 11.81 inches (300 millimeters) longer than the current model. The width and height don’t seem to change.
Another interesting note from the photographer is that this vehicle seems to drive without making any engine noise. This suggests that the Jimny is getting a hybrid powertrain. It’s unclear whether the naturally aspirated 1.5-liter petrol engine producing 100 horsepower (75 kilowatts) will continue to be available or whether this electrically assisted setup will completely replace it.
Switching to a turbocharged mild hybrid engine will give the Jimny increased emissions. This might fix the current issue that limiting model availability for two-seat commercial products in Europe.
According to rumors from Japan in 2021, Suzuki plans to call this model the Jimny Long, which is what it is. The same report claims this version uses a turbocharged mild hybrid engine, which is in line with what this particular photographer said. At least for the JDM model, the price for the five-door will be around 300,000 yen ($2,220 at current exchange rates) over the three-door.
Other claims in the Japanese report remain a mystery. It is suspected that Suzuki is working on a rugged version of the Jimny Long that will have a primary focus on off-road capabilities. We haven’t seen any indication this model actually exists.
Look for the Jimny Long to debut before the end of the year. Hope it will be sold in Europe in 2023.