Suzuki Philippines planning to bring 5-door Jimny

Updated Jan 16, 2023 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It was mentioned during the Ertiga Hybrid launch.

The highlight of Suzuki Philippines, Inc. (SPH) so far is the launching of the new Ertiga with a hybrid powertrain. But during the event, the company also touched on the possibility of bringing the 5-door Suzuki Jimny to our shores.

Suzuki Jimny front view

5-door Suzuki Jimny

In case you missed it, Maruti Suzuki, the Japanese automaker’s arm in India, debuted the new Jimny 5-door a few days ago. Now that the wheelbase-extended mini off-roader is listed as an official model in the brand's lineup, it would be interesting to find out the markets the model is intended for.

Well, one of which could be the Philippine market. The plan of bringing the 5-door Jimny was discussed or mentioned by an SPH executive during the Ertiga Hybrid’s local launch. The executive added that the 5-door Jimny could take some time before it arrives in the country. The company did not give any timeline as to when we can expect the 5-door Jimny to arrive in the Philippines. But, SPH did confirm that it is planning to bring in the said vehicle. While waiting, here are the things you can expect from the said vehicle.

As compared to the standard Jimny, the 5-door version is 335mm longer. The design is pretty much unchanged, with the body still sporting that iconic boxy finish. At the front, the round headlamps and five-slotted grille can still be found on the new Jimny.

Suzuki Jimny interior view

Interior of the new Jimny

Inside, a familiar layout also welcomes passengers. It still comes with the same rugged-looking cabin that inspires the adventure of off-roading. But thanks to the increased length, the 5-door model expanded its cargo space from 208 liters to 332 liters.

Like the Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid, the new Jimny also gets assistance from an electric motor for its 1.5-liter K15B engine. It can be paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The brand's AllGrip Pro 4WD system is also part of the powertrain, offering improved off-road capabilities.

The price of the 5-door Suzuki Jimny is slated to be revealed in May 2023 in India. Considering the upgrades, the wheelbase-extended Jimny should be more expensive than the current PH-spec 3-door Jimny that starts at Php 1,258,000 if it joins the Philippine lineup. As of this writing, Australia has been confirmed to get the 5-door version by Q4 2023.

Suzuki Jimny side view

It is longer and greener

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Know more about Suzuki Jimny 2023

Suzuki Jimny

The Suzuki Jimny 2023 is a 4x4, ladder-frame mini-suv. In the local market, this model is available in four different variants. There’s the GL 1.5 MT, the GL 1.5 AT, the GLX 1.5 AT (Monotone), and the GLX 1.5 AT (Two-tone). Their prices range from Php 1,170,000 to Php 1,285,000. 

Under the hood, the Suzuki Jimny uses a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of producing up to 101 horsepower and 130 Nm of torque. The entry-level GL variant may come with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the GLX exclusively uses a four-speed automatic transmission. All then come with the Suzuki 4x4 All Grip Pro drivetrain. 

Size-wise, the Suzuki Jimny has a length of 3,480mm, a width of 1,645mm, and a height of 1,725mm. It then has a wheelbase length of 2,250mm, and a ground clearance of 210mm. 

Locally, the Suzuki Jimny technically doesn’t have direct competitors. Then again, the closest off-road focused recreational vehicles available locally is the Toyota FJ Cruise and the Jeep Wrangler. Size-wise though, the Jimny is more in line with the Hyundai Kona, MG ZS, Geely Coolray, Kia Seltos, Chery Tiggo 2 Pro, Mazda CX-3, among others. 

₱ 1,170,000 - ₱ 1,285,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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