Suzuki Auto South Africa has launched the five-door Jimny in South Africa. The model joins its three-door sibling on showroom floors and will be offered with the choice of GL and GLX specification and five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The reliable and much-loved K15B 1.5 litre petrol engine is fitted to all the models in the range.
The overall length, measured from bumper to bumper, has increased by 340 mm to 3 820 mm. This includes a width of 1 645 mm and a height of 1 720 mm. Ground clearance remains an impressive 210 mm, while the approach, breakover and departure angles are measured at an impressive 36 degrees, 24 degrees and a very handy 47 degrees respectively.
The designers kept the same front and rear designs as the three-door model. This includes the upright grille, round headlamps fitted in an almost utilitarian manner on either side of the grille, the square edges and the fitment of the spare wheel to the side hinging rear door.
The side profile has invariably changed, thanks to the extra doors, but this was done with care for the Jimny heritage making it possible to mistake the five-door model for the three-door version at first glance.
The five-door model has the same square wheel arch extensions, large side mirrors (painted gloss black on the GLX version), large glass house with privacy glass on the rear windows and integrated drip rails that also allows for the fitment of heavy-duty roof racks and other outdoor equipment, including jerry cans and storage boxes.
All five-door models also have 195/80 on/off road tyres on 15″ alloy wheels. The spare wheel is also fitted with an alloy wheel.
What is obviously different is the addition of two rear doors and a small rectangular side window between the rear doors and the rear pillar. This additional window has allowed the designers to keep the same visual signature as on the three-door model, while also allowing for more light into the interior.
Suzuki has transferred the design of the dashboard, seats and controls directly into the five-door model, giving future owners the same fun and functional upright dashboard with controls close at hand and with the same commanding driving position that makes off-road driving (and manoeuvring in city traffic) such a treat.
All South African versions of the five-door Jimny will have a 50:50 split rear bench, an additional power socket in the luggage compartment and a multi-functional steering wheel that is height adjustable.
The five-door Jimny in GLX specification adds leather cladding to the steering wheel and complements the Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio controls with additional buttons for cruise control.
The five-door model has the same 1.5 litre petrol engine multi-point injection, 16 valves with variable valve management a 10:1 compression ratio for more useable power at all engine speeds.
The engine delivers 75 kW at 6 000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4 000 rpm. The power is delivered through a five speed manual transmission (available on the GL and GLX models) or a four-speed automatic transmission (GLX only) to the rear wheels under normal circumstances or all-four wheels when the transfer gearbox is engaged.
It is important to note that the Suzuki Jimny is fitted with a complete off-road system, including a transfer gearbox with 2H, 4H and 4 Low Range modes.
The Jimny also has a new version of the well-known AllGrip system, called AllGrip Pro. This system amplifies the capabilities of the four-wheel drive system with electronic assistance, such as selective braking on wheels with no traction that emulates a traditional differential lock.
All five-door models further have Hill Descent Control, Hill Assist and Brake Assistance as standard.
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Price includes 5yr/200 000km promotional warranty Retail price includes a 4yr/ 60 000km service plan