An international website has confirmed the name and launch timeline of the rumoured five-door version of the Suzuki Jimny.
There have been rumours about Suzuki's plans to launch a bigger five-door version of the new Jimny soon. And while we are privy to the allegedly leaked specs of the five-door model, a Japanese automotive website has cited that Suzuki officials stating that the five-door Jimny is on course for a 2022 debut and that it will be called the Jimny Long. Initially, the car was to debut at this year's Tokyo Motor Show but as the event stands cancelled due to the pandemic, the global reveal has been shifted to next year. However, this still does not confirm whether the Jimny is India-bound or not.
As for the changes, the five-door model is not likely to sport too many, as reports suggest that the only visual updates will be the addition of the rear doors and perhaps a new grille design. Of course, to accommodate the rear doors, the Jimny will have to be stretched. Therefore, the five-door version is expected to get a bump in its wheelbase by around 300mm – this means an overall length of around 3.85m (the three-door version measures close to 3.4m).
Coming to the question of Jimny's India arrival, the internet is awash with reports that the five-door Jimny will be launched here and that it will be powered by Maruti Suzuki's 1.5-litre K15B petrol unit, possibly with Smart Hybrid tech. However, these reports are of no value unless Maruti Suzuki formally announces its intention to launch the Jimny – something that it is yet to do.