Suzuki has officially unveiled what has been one of the worst-kept secrets in the automotive industry – the long-rumoured five-door Jimny, which is set to head to Australia as soon Q4 2023, with Africa and Latin America also being key markets for it.
Revealed in India where it is to be built and will first hit the market in May, the five-door Jimny rides on a stretched version of the standard three-door model’s platform while wearing the same iconic boxy styling.
The Jimny’s wheelbase has been extended to 2590mm – an increase of 340mm – making it now comparable to that of an average small SUV. Its overall length has grown by 505mm, now measuring in at 3985mm end-to-end. However, the Jimny’s 1645mm width, 1720mm height, and 210mm ground clearance are unchanged.
This means the five-door Jimny’s 36-degree approach and 50-degree departure angles are similar to the three-door model’s (37 and 49 degrees respectively) but the extra length does mean its breakover angle is significantly affected, falling from 28 to 24 degrees. As for weight, the five-door body style only adds around 100kg to the Jimny’s total mass, rising from 1095-1110kg to 1195-1210kg.
Beyond the extra doors and length, the Jimny will remain largely unchanged, with it utilising the same 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine making 75kW/130Nm. The same four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmissions will also be fitted, along with the same ‘AllGrip Pro’ dual-range four-wheel drive system.
Front disc brakes and rear drum brakes also carry over, although it’s unclear how much this five-door model will be able to tow. No doubt some will be hoping it’s more than the three-door’s 1300kg braked and 350kg unbraked ratings.
Suzuki is yet to confirm which specifications will make it to Australia, although the current imagery shows a model which mirrors the current range-topping GLX model with a touchscreen information system and leather steering wheel. It’s unclear whether a base Lite model – which in three-door form ditches the nicer trims and the touchscreen for a polyurethane steering wheel, basic radio, and manual climate controls – will also be offered.
Do also be aware that the five-door Jimny still only offers seating for four, although the extra length should at least allow for more rear legroom, as well as significantly more storage space behind the second row.
Although Suzuki Australia is yet to announce pricing for the five-door model, the company has confirmed that it has now opened the order books after previously knocking back customers before the model was confirmed for Australia. It’s safe to expect at least a slight price increase over the three-door model, which starts at $26,990 in base specification.
The five-door Suzuki Jimny is due to arrive in Australia in late 2023, with supply levels similar to when the three-door model launched in 2019.
2023 Suzuki Jimny Australian pricing
- Lite manual three-door – $26,990
- GLX manual three-door – $28,490
- GLX automatic three-door – $29,990
Note: This list will be updated when pricing for the new five-door model is confirmed.