Suzuki has just officially unveiled the long version of its Jimny with two additional openings. Fans don’t get too carried away, it won’t land in Europe…
We have known for a long time that Suzuki was preparing a long 5-door version of its small Jimny off-roader. However, we had to wait until today to discover the very first official photos. The news is busy at the moment for the Japanese brand which is taking advantage of the New Delhi show in India to present many models. Yesterday, it unveiled a zero-emission SUV concept called eVX. Today, two novelties are emerging: a small SUV that would not look out of place in the European range, the Fronx, as well as the 5-door Jimny. None of them will land on the Old Continent.
A preserved look
The spy photos had us somewhat worried, Jimny’s friendly face is ultimately not too affected by his course of steroids. It measures some 34 cm more and is now close to 4 m long (3.99 m to be precise). The wheelbase also progresses in the same proportions, from 2.25 m to 2.59 m. This should make it possible to correct two of the main faults of the 3-door version: its limited rear habitability and its trunk volume reduced to the minimum. No really, some glove boxes are more generous than the hold of the 3-door Jimny, and we’re hardly exaggerating! Anyway, no need to really worry about it since, with us (in France and in Europe), it is only available in a 2-seater utility version for taxation reasons, the Jimny being motorized by a unique 4-cylinder atmospheric petrol engine with 1.5 cubic capacity delivering 102 hp which can do nothing in the face of its Norman cabinet profile and is in fact a real drinker. No change for the 5-door model, it is this engine, and it alone, that it embeds under its hood.
For India, Africa or Latin America
No question of extending the range on our territory or on the Old Continent, the Jimny 5-door will be reserved for India, Africa or Latin America. European motorists will be at their expense. Launched in the fall of 2018, the latest generation of the pure and hard 4×4 immediately won over the European and French public with its look. Alas, who says high consumption says CO2 emissions which are just as high. So it was decided to remove it from the catalog so as not to burden Suzuki’s emissions average. Since then, it has made a comeback but with 2 fewer places and utility status. It is in fact exempt from malus. Fortunately, because given for 178 g/km, buyers would today be forced to pay €8,671 if we stick to the 2023 scale. At the same time, when we see the current prices of a Jimny 3-door 4 -places on the second-hand market, it’s finally nothing crazy…
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