Maruti Jimny 5-Door Rendering
The 5-door model should have more space for rear occupants and added boot volume

A recent rendering of the 5-door Maruti Suzuki Jimny that is expected to be launched next year has surfaced online.

It showcases a new front radiator grille which looks inspired by the one on the Mercedes G-Class, while the bumper section has been retained.

There are no other differences in the design of the 5-door Jimny in comparison with the 3-door Jimny up until the B-pillars.

However, from thereon, the Maruti Jimny 5-door rendering shows the additional doors, which look rather narrow, something that the production version, we hope, will not emulate.

Due to the model having an extra pair of doors, the rear quarter glass is smaller now. But, the boot section looks untouched, save for the spare wheel cover.

The dimensions of the off-road compact SUV with the longer wheelbase have already been leaked. It will be 3850 mm long with a wheelbase of 2550 mm, an increase of 300 mm in comparison with the 3-door model.

However, the width (1645 mm), height (1730 mm) and ground clearance (210 mm) figures stay as is. But, at 1190 kg, the 5-door model will be a 100 kg heavier than the 3-door Jimny.

Thankfully, Suzuki is contemplating the addition of a turbocharger to the 1.5-litre petrol motor to compensate for the increased weight. There will be mild hybrid assist to boost fuel economy as well.

Suzuki was expected to showcase a concept of the 5-door Jimny at the 2021 Tokyo Motor Show, but that did not happen due to the biennial event getting cancelled for the first time since it began in 1954.

In Japan, the 5-door Jimny is expected to command a premium of about 300,000 yen (Rs. 2 lakhs) over the 3-door model that retails between 1,793,000 yen (Rs. 12 lakhs) and 2,057,000 yen (Rs. 13.86 lakhs).

Maruti is expected to keep prices of the 5-door Jimny close to what Mahindra asks for its Thar compact SUV in India, while the 3-door model, if launched here, will cost a bit less.

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The 3-door Jimny is also expected to be launched in India

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