The rumoured Suzuki Jimny five-door is expected to be unveiled this year ahead of its showroom arrival in 2021, according to an overseas report.
The magazine says the Suzuki Jimny three-door built in India is identical to the version made in Suzuki's plant located in Kosai, Japan, where Australian vehicles are sourced.
The Indian production line has the capability to produce both right- and left-hand drive vehicles, the magazine says. The first 184 examples are reportedly destined for Latin America.
The Autocar India report claims the Indian launch of "a five-door version (is) expected six months after exports begin."
Autocar India reported sources close to Maruti Suzuki claimed the five-door version will be longer than the three-door, and will be powered by the same 1.5-litre 'K15B' petrol engine matched to a low-range transfer case.
Suzuki Australia declined to comment on the speculation about a five-door Suzuki Jimny, or whether it would be sold here if one became available.
While Suzuki Australia is currently not expecting receive three-door Jimnys from India – and will continue to source from Japan – the extra production capacity may provide some relief for local buyers forced to wait six to 12 months.
Suzuki Australia currently sources its Baleno hatchback from the brand's Indian manufacturing plant, and other models from Hungary (Vitara) and Japan (Swift and Jimny).