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2022 Suzuki Jimny long wheelbase continues testing under camouflage

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Back in 2018, Suzuki redesigned the Jimny for both the global market. After successfully selling the Jimny in both the home country and the international market, the brand plans to upgrade the Jimny. But this is not the typical facelift. Suzuki is planning to bring a long-wheelbase version of the vehicle. The prototype is already under test abroad, and speculations are that Maruti Suzuki is also likely to get this model to the Indian market.

Jimny ‘Long’

Suzuki is likely to call the long-wheelbase model Jimny Long. But it will not be that simple, the Jimny Long will not just be a long-wheelbase iteration of the Jimny, but the brand is likely to make a 5-door version of the SUV. The 5-door Jimny is likely to be around 300mm longer than the standard car. On top of this, the mid-cycle refresh of the Jimny will also include new powertrains. 

Suzuki Jimny Powertrains

Suzuki had to discontinue the passenger variant of the Jimny in the European market, due to emission norms. The brand converted the passenger SUV into a commercial iteration to conform to the regulations. But sources report that the Jimny three-door and the Jimny Long will come with a new 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine from the Swift Sport. The engine produces 129 PS of power and 235 Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol motor on the Jimny makes 102 PS of power and 130 Nm of torque to put things into perspective. The new powertrains will help the brand conform to Euro5 standards wherever applicable.

Electrified Jimny

Suzuki is also likely to employ its 48-volt Boosterjet MHEV engine. The mild-hybrid technology is arguably the best upgrade to conform to stringent emission norms. Furthermore, the brand is also likely to borrow electrification technology from Toyota. This will help the brand bring a Plug-In Hybrid variant of the Jimny. The larger engine output will help the brand compete with large lifestyle SUVs such as the Mahindra Thar when it launched the Jimny in India.

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