Jimny long-wheelbase version confirms larger versions in the making; 5-door Jimny will likely adopt this wheelbase.
Suzuki seems to have finally begun work on a longer variant of its popular Jimny SUV. A first sighting of a test mule in Europe with a considerably long wheelbase confirms this development.
Long-wheelbase Jimny seen for the first time
Long-wheelbase version can also spawn a five-door variant
Made-in-India 3-door Jimny already being sold in a few global markets
Suzuki Jimny long-wheelbase: What do these spy shots suggest?
While these set of spy shots confirm a long-wheelbase variant is being developed, a closer look reveals that the test mule does not have doors for the second row, but only a glass window that is much longer instead. This could indicate that the 3-door long-wheelbase Jimny seen here could be a test mule for an extended version of the commercial-spec Jimny that’s already on sale in Europe.
However, this long-wheelbase version will also most likely underpin a 5-door passenger variant that is destined for markets like India. With the longer wheelbase, Suzuki also has the option of doing a pick-up version, given that pick-ups of this size are popular in a few global emerging markets.
Nothing else can be gleaned from the spy shots; the car has the same headlight, grille and bumper setup as the regular Jimny and is even running the same alloys wheels.
Suzuki Jimny long-wheelbase: What’s in store for India?
Powering the Jimny is Suzuki’s K15B 1.5-litre petrol engine – the same unit that powers the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ertiga, XL6 and Ciaz in India. A 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque convertor automatic are the gearboxes on offer abroad.