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Back in 2018 when the 4th-generation Suzuki Jimny was released, it became an instant hit. The compact SUV ticked all the right boxes, it had all the features you could want or need in a car that was as capable on tarred roads as it was on gravel. The retro styling that encompassed design elements from the previous three generations made it rather easy on the eyes, and the whole package came with an affordable price tag. While Suzuki and Suzuki fans knew the Jimny had the right ingredients to make it a car that would sell well, no one was really ready for just how much demand there was for the little 4x4. Much like what happens with supercars and sports cars, people were putting down deposits on them before they were launched, and in some cases, people were selling their spots on the wait lists to people who wanted to be among the first to own one. Some people even bought the Jimny to flip it at a profit without ever taking delivery of it. While they’re more readily available now, the Jimny is still selling very well and even second-hand models are selling at prices close to the original sales price, even with a few thousand kilometres on the odometer. There was only one complaint about the Jimny, and that was space. Being a compact 4x4 obviously meant that space was limited, there was no problem for a couple to travel far and wide with a full load of supplies on board, but rear seat space meant you could only travel with kids or vertically challenged friends. Most people folded the rear seats down to increase luggage space, or they fitted approved roof racks so that luggage and supplies wouldn’t encroach on the interior space. There were a bunch of people who fell in love with everything about the car and swore that if a 5-door version ever hit the market, they’d buy one without question. It’s time for them to put their money where their mouths are…

This week, the 5-door version was released, and we’re 100 % sure that it’s going to be another Suzuki SA product that will have long wait lists due to the high demand and that’s a good thing. Well, more for Suzuki SA than the people wanting one. "This is the first time in the 50-year history of the Suzuki Jimny that we offer a five-door model. We did this to meet the unprecedented demand for this hardy off-roader from customers who, owing to family size or overlanding requirements, asked for a larger Jimny model," says Brendon Carpenter, Brand Marketing Manager of Suzuki Auto South Africa. The new, bigger Jimny is available in GL and GLX spec, and even the lower spec one doesn’t really need anything more, the higher spec version has a few more creature comforts and slightly better tech but we’re sure buyers will take whichever they can get, I know I would take the first spec available. Both retain the bulletproof 75 kW / 130 Nm 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine, in the GL it’s paired with a 5-speed manual and in the GLX it can be had with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed auto transmission. Both have a transfer gearbox with 2H, 4H and 4 Low Range modes that utilise Suzuki’s brilliant AllGrip 4x4 system that’s been tweaked over the 3-door and is now called AllGrip Pro. All models also feature Hill Descent Control, Hill Assist and Brake Assistance as standard. To create more space, the wheelbase was extended to 2 590 mm, and the overall length has therefore increased by 340 mm to 3 820 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.

Besides extra space, the 5-door is the same as the 3-door inside. The GLX adds leather cladding to the steering wheel and has Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio controls and additional buttons for cruise control. It also gets a 9-inch infotainment screen, 2 inches larger than the GL. Both have wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that display in full colour, the infotainment screen also shows images from the reverse camera. The GLX has climate control while the GL has a regular aircon setup, and both models feature ESP and ABS brakes. The GL has two airbags and the GLX now features six airbags, and both have central locking, a digital immobiliser and rear parking sensors. The rear seats can fold individually or together, increasing the rear loading space from 211 litres to 332 litres, and the cabin has 1 113 litres of space in total. The new 5-door Suzuki Jimny can be had in two new colours; Celestial Blue Pearl Metallic and Granite Grey Metallic, and also the usual Arctic White Pearl, Silky Silver Metallic, Bluish Black Pearl, and Jungle Green. The two-tone colour options are Chiffon Ivory Metallic, Kinetic Yellow and the new Sizzling Red Metallic, all with a Pearlescent Bluish-Black roof.

Pricing is as follows, and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s pretty damn good. 

Jimny 5-door 1.5 GL 5MT R429,900

Jimny 5-door 1.5 GLX 5MT R457,900

Jimny 1.5 GLX 4AT R479,900

Now to plan a heist…

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off all the cool bits of the new 5-door Jimny. This version is every bit as good as the 3-door, but now you can take more people along to all corners of Africa to show off just how good the world's smallest and most capable 4x4 in the world really is. The bebe 4x4 is one of the best cars that can be bought and has moved to the top of our want list. Check out some visuals from the "local" launch that took place across Botswana's picturesque scenery and dry river beds: Suzuki Jimny 5-Door Launch | Suzuki SA

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