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The Suzuki Jimny was first introduced in 1970 and has sold 2.8 million units worldwide from April 1970 to September 2018. Since then, the 3-door Jimny has been admired by many due to its compact size and functionality.
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But now, there are reports that India’s Maruti Suzuki plans to manufacture a 5-door Jimny – this official information is confirmed to Autocar India.
First Generation Suzuki Jimny via Wikipedia
However, Suzuki hasn’t released any information regarding how this Suzuki Jimny would be designed. It would be really interesting to see what would the Jimny look like with a longer wheelbase, larger dimensions, and two additional passenger doors.
The 5-door Jimny will, of course, be built on a ladder-frame chassis with a 1.5L K15B gasoline engine that is capable of generating 105 hp and will be running on a four-wheel drive. After Maruti Suzuki releases the 5-door version, it would surely look like a real contender in the competitive SUV market as it shares some similarities with the renowned design of a Jeep Wrangler.
It is said that the 3-door Suzuki Jimny will only be sold abroad while the new 5-door Suzuki Jimny’s output is going to be shared between India and the export markets.
This is what a '3-door' Jimny looks like in case you're wondering
Now that the plan for a 5-door Suzuki Jimny has been reported, would this larger version be on your wishlist? Or maybe this new version is considered too much of a change. We guess it’s too early to say, we’ll have to see after the official release of the heavily upgraded Jimny.
Maruti Suzuki will start manufacturing the 3-door Jimny at Maruti Suzuki’s Hansalpur plant in Gujarat around June 2020. And then, the production of the 5-door Jimny will commence six months later, according to Autocar India’s report.
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