The custom Jimny was displayed at the Tokyo Auto Salon in 2022 by students from Japan’s NATS institution.
While the India-bound five-door Suzuki Jimny is still in the works, Nihon Automotive Technology School (NATS) students have created a custom five-door version of the stock three-door Jimny. The NATS Jimny is known as the “Kimun Kamui,” which translates to “Mountain God,” and it debuted at the Tokyo Auto Salon in 2022.
- Chassis extended by 400mm
- Gets off-road focused mods like a suspension lift kit and a winch
- Upgraded 1.5-litre petrol engine puts out 124hp/179Nm
What is the Suzuki Jimny Kimun Kamui?
The NATS students used a 2019 Suzuki Jimny Sierra as the basis for the Jimny Kimun Kamui, extending the ladder frame chassis by 400mm. They also had to cut the SUV in half to make room for the extra rear doors and a tiny quarter window. The fabricated rear doors appear to be a little small in comparison to the stock front doors, but they do improve access to the back seats. Passengers in the back also have plenty of legroom thanks to the longer wheelbase. The boot, on the other hand, is the same size as the stock three-door Jimny.
Aside from the five-door conversion, the NATS students modified the Jimny in a number of off-road-oriented ways. A 6-inch body lift, 17-inch steel rims with Toyo off-road tyres, an off-road bumper with an integrated winch, wider fenders, a protective tubular frame around the bodywork, a roof-mounted light bar, and a rooftop tent for camping are among the features.
Interior changes are scarce, but the Kimun Kamui gets an aftermarket infotainment and audio system, additional gauges, leather seats, and a black roofliner, among other things.
The students also added a turbocharger, a new ECU tune, and a blow-off valve to the Jimny’s stock engine. As a result, the 1.5-litre petrol engine now produces 124hp and 179Nm, which is significantly more than the stock model’s 102hp/138Nm.
Unfortunately, this 5-door version is a one-off and will not be available for purchase.
India’s Suzuki Jimny
The Jimny has been confirmed for the Indian market by Maruti Suzuki, and the SUV is expected to be one of five new Maruti Suzuki SUVs to arrive in India over the next three years. While a larger 5-door model is expected, Maruti Suzuki may also offer a smaller 3-door model alongside it.
The 5-door Jimny for India is expected to be under 4m long, with a length of around 3.8m, and will be powered by the same 1.5-litre petrol engine that powers the Ciaz and Vitara Brezza.
Aside from the Jimny, Maruti Suzuki plans to release the updated Baleno hatchback in late February and the new Brezza SUV in April. Furthermore, the carmaker will introduce a Creta-rivaling midsize SUV in collaboration with Toyota, which will be based on Toyota’s DNGA platform and manufactured at Toyota’s facility in Bidadi, Karnataka.