Just another 25 years before we can import one to America.
When one thinks of Suzuki, the majority of people will think 'motorbike', but few realize just how prolific the Japanese automaker is in producing actual cars, and one of its most popular products is the Suzuki Jimny, a car that loosely resembles the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and offers the off-roading capabilities of a Jeep Wrangler at half the size, and a fraction of the cost. North America unfortunately doesn't get any of these feisty little cars, but they are legendary in places like Japan, South Africa, and now India. The standard three-door configuration has been around for decades, but now comes the news that Suzuki might be offering its baby SUV in five-door guise.
The Suzuki Jimny has been facing a number of issues as of late, including failing emissions tests, and massive order backlogs, but it remains a massively popular vehicle for the Japanese carmaker. The little SUV is yet to be released in India where it is expected to debut in a commercial-oriented configuration, unlike the comparatively luxurious model on sale elsewhere. The major difference however is that the Jimny will be offered in a super-cool looking five-door version, which means more space and practicality; perfect for the Indian market. This also means that the Jimny will go up against larger rivals such as the Mahindra Thar, a Willys Jeep lookalike.
The five-door car will be co-developed by Suzuki and Toyota and will make use of the Raize compact SUV architecture. The larger car will fill the shoes of the legendary Suzuki Gypsy and is expected to be powered by the same naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine found in models such as the Suzuki Ertiga. Power will be sent to the rear wheels, with a selectable four-wheel-drive system on standby. Expect the five door version to make its debut in 2022, following the Indian debut of the three door version. All that's left to do now is to convince Suzuki to ship a few over to the US.