A five-door variant of the Suzuki Jimny is tipped to go into production in 2021.
However, it claims the vehicles will be assembled with 'knock-down' kits coming from Japan – meaning production of a five-door Jimny may be established in Japan itself. If true, it would increase the chances of the car being sold in Australia.
The current three-door Suzuki Jimny has been a roaring success for the brand, with strong demand continuing to cause wait times of up to 12 months.
In April 2020, whispers of a five-door Jimny emerged out of India, also tipping local production to begin in 2021.
At the time, Suzuki Australia boss Michael Pachota told CarAdvice: "Suzuki Australia does have its hand held high if there is ever a possibility of this [five-door] variant in the future".
Last month CarAdvice imagined what Suzuki could do with an extended wheelbase Jimny, proposing a ute body to accompany a five-door wagon.
A Jimny ute has already been created by a Suzuki dealership in New Zealand, offering a lightweight and capable off-road vehicle for local farmers.