Suzuki Jimny five-door version unveiled for 2023
The larger, more practical version of Suzuki’s retro SUV should be just as capable off-road
Although the three-door, four-seat Jimny was taken off sale here in 2020, there’s still the Jimny Commercial on offer - which was Suzuki’s fairly sly way of lowering their car fleet emissions with a van version of the Jimny.
The five-door, five-seat Jimny however is only available in India (where it’ll be produced), Africa and Latin America. The standard Jimny is small enough to be marketed as a kei car in Japan but the five-door model is 250mm longer at 3,645mm - although the width and height remain the same as the three-door.
A 340mm longer wheelbase allows for more cabin space with a rear bench that folds away to create 332 litres of boot space. With the rear seats up the boot capacity stands at 208 litres, way higher than the three-door’s measly 85 litres.
At the front of the cabin it’s pretty much the same with chunky grab handles with exposed bolts on the passenger side, a nine-inch central touchscreen and a small screen in between the speedo and rev counter – providing trip information like fuel economy and predicted range.
The powertrain is the same as before, suggesting the larger five-door will be slower and a little less fuel efficient. The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine produces 104bhp and 134Nm of torque going to a four-wheel drive system through either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
There’s still some serious off-road potential with a 36-degree approach angle, 24-degree breakover angle, 50-degree departure angle and 210mm ground clearance. Thanks to Suzuki’s ALLGRIP Pro system there are three driving settings: 2H, 4H and 4L, in normal driving the Jimny will only drive the rear wheels.
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