- 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.
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.
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.