Saturday, June 12

Suzuki Jimny long-wheelbase version spied testing

Suzuki seems to have finally begun work on a longer variant of its popular, the little off-roader Suzuki Jimny. A first sighting of a test mule in Europe with a considerably long wheelbase confirms this development.

Maruti Suzuki Jimny created a lot of hype when it was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. Unfortunately, the manufacturer said that they do not have any current plans to launch the SUV in India. However, they did say that if the segment showed promise, then they might consider the Jimny for India.

Save for the extra distance between the front and rear axles, the prototype looks virtually the same as the shorter Jimny configurations, complete with the rear-mounted spare wheel akin to a Mercedes G-Class. Interestingly, it still has only two doors.

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.

Powering the Jimny LWB will be the same 1.5-litre K-series naturally aspirated engine that we have seen on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, XL6, Ertiga, Ciaz and the S-Cross. The engine produces 103 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 138 Nm.A 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque convertor automatic are the gearboxes on offer abroad.

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