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The five-door Suzuki Jimny has finally been unveiled

The bigger version should have all of the off-road goodies that the three-door has

Two more doors, same rugged little SUV. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

Despite its size and puny engine, people all over the world adore the Suzuki Jimny. And for good reason. Despite its diminutive proportions and small 1.5-liter engine, the mini SUV is pretty capable, able to conquer trails just like bigger and more expensive cars can.

Suzuki claims that this heavier Jimny will be just as capable as the three-door version. PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

But if there’s one thing that some fans have bemoaned about the mini SUV, it’s the lack of available passenger and cargo space. In its current configuration, the Jimny can seat four people and haul not much of its occupants’ belongings. Well, that’s about to change now. Because after all the teasing, Suzuki has finally launched the new five-door Jimny in India.

What Suzuki has done is just literally stretch the vehicle. It is 505mm longer but 5mm lower than the three-door version. The wheelbase is now 340mm longer, giving that much-needed interior room for the occupants at the back.

We’re not fans of the chrome bits on the grille. PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

Up front, it now has chrome inserts on the grille. But other than that and the two additional doors on the sides, this pretty much looks like a regular three-door Jimny. Even the rims are the same ones on the current model.

A comfortable cabin for your next adventure. PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

The interior is kind of untouched, too. Save for the new trims for the extra doors and a roomier bench, everything here is exactly the same as the shorter, older Jimny. Based on the launch video, this will get new curtain and side airbags for added safety.

Will the engine still be potent given the Jimny’s heavier body? PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

Not much information has been shared about the vehicle’s standard equipment. What we’re sure of is that it will still have the K15B 1.5-liter engine, doing 102hp and 130Nm. A part-time four-wheel-drive system transfers that power to either the rear or to all four wheels via a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

So...three-door or five-door? PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

Suzuki claims that the five-door Jimny is just as capable as the three-door. But we feel like there might be some change with the vehicle’s break-over angle. This could be easily remedied through simple modifications. Something that a lot of future owners will do to this baby.

The new Jimny will still be produced at Maruti Suzuki facilities in India. And since Suzuki Philippines sources its units from there, the five-door Jimny will surely hit our shores. It’s just a matter of when. This should give us enough time to save up until the local distributor formally launches it.

Red Santiago

A jack of all trades, Red is passionate about cars, motorcycles and audio. He sometimes drives for a ride-hailing app company—just because he really loves driving.