WATCH | Finally, Suzuki is bringing a 5-door Jimny to SA - now it's the perfect family car

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  • Suzuki has confirmed a 5-door Jimny for the South African market.
  • It features larger dimensions and a more flexible cabin layout.
  • Its AllGrip 4WD system retains low-range functionality. 

Suzuki has added a chunk of practicality to the Jimny as the Japanese automaker hopes to move the popular off-roader beyond the borders of its former niche segment. The new Suzuki Jimny 5-door took the stage at the recent Auto Expo 2023 in India, sharing the attention with the all-new Fronx SUV and the electric-powered eVX.

Suzuki South Africa has already confirmed that both the Fronx and the 5-door Jimny will make their way to South African shores, although they remain tight-lipped on timing.

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The Jimny is a terrific little car, but it's too small for a trip for a family of four. You're either taking the kids along with no luggage or leaving them behind with their grandparents. But there just wasn't ever enough space for both.

Suzuki Jimny 5-door
Suzuki Jimny 5-door

Now, to accommodate another pair of doors, the Jimny's boxy dimensions atop the ladder frame chassis have grown. The five-door variant is 360mm longer than its three-door brother, while width and height remain unchanged. Under the skin, the wheelbase has been stretched by 340mm to 2 590mm. These extended overhangs have slightly compromised approach and departure angles, but it should still prove to be a credible off-roader.

One of the unique attributes of the bigger Jimny's interior is the ability to fold the front seats flat, thereby creating a cabin suitable for spending the night. 

Elsewhere, the Jimny retains the mechanical make-up that has proven itself around the city as well as off the beaten track. This includes the 1.5-litre petrol engine, a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes, and Suzuki's AllGrip 4WD system with low-range functionality.

News24 Motoring contributor Tyrone Paulsen recently attended the India Auto Expo 2023 where he filmed the two videos in this article. Paulsen was a media guest of Suzuki South Africa. Look out for his impressions coming soon.

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