Suzuki is working on a new long-wheelbase version of the popular Jimny off-road SUV, which is no secret. The new Jimny LWB will have five doors and be available in a variety of markets. The SUV was supposed to make its worldwide premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2021. The auto exhibition has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The global debut of the new Suzuki Jimny LWB has been pushed back until the first half of 2022. The LWB version is expected to be available in India by July 2022; however, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, this date may be pushed back. Along with the facelifted 3-door Jimny, the new model will make its premiere.
For those who aren’t aware, Maruti Suzuki now manufactures and exports the Jimny off-roader to a few overseas countries. Maruti Suzuki is anticipated to produce the Jimny 5-door alongside the regular model.
The Sierra will be the basis for the new 5-door Suzuki Jimny LWB, which will have a 300mm larger wheelbase. The SUV’s length will be expanded by 300mm, and the SUV’s wheelbase will be extended, providing greater inside room. According to leaked documents, the new Jimny LWB will be 3,850mm long, 1,645mm wide, and 1,730mm tall. The SUV’s wheelbase will be 2,550mm, and the ground clearance will be 210mm.
The kerb weight will be 1190kg, which is 100kg more than the Sierra 3-door.
Suzuki is also contemplating equipping the 5-door Jimny with a more powerful turbocharged petrol engine. It is expected to be powered by the same 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that powers the Swift Sport in overseas markets. A mild-hybrid system might potentially be installed on the engine. The 1.4L engine generates 127bhp and 235Nm of torque in its present configuration. The 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine with mild hybrid system is most likely to be retained in the India-spec variant. This engine has a power output of 100 horsepower and a torque output of 130 Nm. A 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission will be available.
Some design modifications will be made to the 5-door Jimny, which will be in line with the facelift of the 3-door Jimny. It’ll probably get a new grille with a single horizontal slat replacing the existing five vertical slots, as well as an extended side profile. The 5-door Jimny will get redesigned seats and a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connection. The most significant alteration will be in the second row, which will include forward-facing seats.