It looks like Suzuki may actually make a five-door version of the Jimny after all.
Last week, the company officially announced that India is now producing the Jimny at the Maruti Suzuki Gurgaon Plant. With it, Suzuki says that they can now shorten the waiting list as the Indian plant will export exclusively to markets like the Middle East, Latin America, and African markets.
The Philippines will still continue to source units of the Jimny from Japan. But it seems that the Indian market could be the first country that will get a Jimny with two extra doors.
According to a report by Autocar India, a five-door variant of the 4x4 is expected to be launched in the country six months after exports begin. It will be longer than the standard 3-door version, but will supposedly still be under four meters in length. Other details regarding the rumored five-door Jimny are still a mystery. However, it will reportedly be powered by the familiar 1.5-liter K15B four-cylinder engine currently used in the three-door body style.
Could this mean that other markets will also get their hands on a more spacious Jimny? Unfortunately, there is no word yet whether the five-door will be offered elsewhere. But given the global popularity of the 4x4, Suzuki might just offer it to other countries.
While the news may come as a surprise, we already had an idea that Suzuki was considering building a Jimny with more than three doors. In 2019, we were able to speak with a senior Suzuki executive who asked us how much should they sell a five-door version of the Jimny. We settled in our conversation that if Suzuki had a five-door Jimny, they could successfully offer it in the Philippines if it sold for around PHP 1.3 to 1.5 million.
With no exact date as to when Suzuki will launch the five-door Jimny, assuming they do actually build one, all we can do now is wait until the company reveals more details. We're also curious if Suzuki will be able to price it competitively should it end up being offered in the Philippines.