Rumors of a long wheelbase version of the Suzuki Jimny have been circulating since the launch of the fourth generation in 2018. Now, according to Autocar India, the fate of the five-door SUV has finally been decided: the project has been approved, and in the near future Jimny will get a new version with the Long prefix. The lengthened model is likely to appear next year, when the current Jimny turns four and undergoes a mid-life restyling.
As reported by Autocar India, citing information from dealers in India, the wheelbase of the “long” Jimny will be 2,550 millimeters, which is 300 millimeters more than the standard SUV. The total length of the five-door version will be 3850 millimeters, which will provide increased space for rear passengers and cargo. India’s tax credits for cars less than four meters long will remain intact.
Previously, Jimny Long has already got into the lens of photo spies: a camouflaged prototype was noticed on the roads in March this year. It is curious that with the increased distance between the axles under the camouflage, the previous three doors were guessed.
It is expected that the extended version of the engine range will include an improved 1.5-liter “aspirated”, on the current Jimny producing 102 horsepower and available with an automatic or a “manual”. In addition, the grown-up car will be offered with a more powerful hybrid installation with a supercharged engine and a 12-volt electric system. All-wheel drive will remain standard.
The assembly of Jimny Long is likely to be set up at the Maruti Suzuki plant in Gujarat, western India. The Indian clone of the Jeep Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha, nicknamed “Gelendvagen” for the poor, will compete with him.