Surprising the entire public present at the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota’s charismatic chairman, Akio Toyoda, took center stage by unveiling his personal three-door Maruti Suzuki Jimny in the Toyota Gazoo Racing booth. This move raised eyebrows of the public present at the show as Toyoda, who is a driving force behind Toyota’s Gazoo Racing, showcased a vehicle from another brand. A lot of people have appreciated the chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation for emphasizing his genuine passion for diverse automotive experiences and not just promoting his own brand.
At the renowned Morizo Garage, an extension of the Tokyo Auto Salon, Akio Toyoda shared his automotive enthusiasm by presenting not only Toyota’s iconic models but also his cherished three-door Maruti Suzuki Jimny. A video showing Akio Toyoda’s Jimny has also been shared on YouTube by Toyota Times Global on their channel. The video starts with a speech by Akio Toyoda and then shows his unique personal car collection at the Morizo Garage booth.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny Three-Door
The star of the show, Toyoda’s three-door Maruti Suzuki Jimny, stole attention with its vibrant blue color, which is specific to the three-door Jimny. This three-door variant offers a sportier and more agile appearance compared to its five-door counterpart, and it is only available in the international markets. The Jimny gained its international recognition because of its maneuverability, unique design, and off-road capabilities.
Three-Door vs. Five-Door Jimny Models
Design and Dimensions
When it comes to the comparison between the three-door Jimny and the five-door Jimny, the former boasts a more compact design, featuring a shorter length and wheelbase compared to the five-door version. The five-door Jimny is 340 mm longer than the three-door model. This gives it a distinctively agile and dynamic presence, making it well-suited for navigating tight spaces and challenging terrains.
While both versions of this popular lifestyle off-roader share Suzuki’s off-road DNA, the three-door Jimny’s reduced dimensions contribute to enhanced maneuverability during off-road adventures. The shorter body makes it an excellent choice for those seeking a nimble and adventurous driving experience.
Interior Space and Versatility
The three-door Jimny, though more compact, offers a surprisingly roomy interior with comfortable seating for passengers. However, the five-door variant provides additional rear-seat accessibility, making it a more practical choice for families or those requiring more extensive cargo space. Additionally, the five-door Jimny is also very versatile and caters to a broader range of consumers with its added rear-seat accessibility and increased cargo capacity. On the other hand, the three-door variant targets enthusiasts seeking a more spirited driving experience without compromising on off-road capabilities.
Three-Door and Five-Door Jimny Engine
Both Jimny models, despite their differences in sizing, come equipped with the same engine. They both come powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. This motor produces a maximum power of 104 PS and 134.6 Nm of torque. This engine comes with two transmission options – a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic. The Jimny in India is offered in two variants. The first is the base Zeta variant that starts at Rs 10.74 lakh, and the top-spec Alpha variant is priced at Rs 15.05 lakh.