Maruti has not yet announced the launch date of Maruti Jimny but it is expected that they will launch Jimny in the Indian auto market by the end of year 2011. For detailed information about this car you may visit the above given link.
The first concept of the Jimny was a two door four seater SUV, however as of now Maruti Suzuki hasn't unveiled the production variant, so it is difficult to tell that the final production will be a 4 or 5 seater.
As of now, there is no official announcement from Maruti regarding Jimny's launch. So, still its unconfirmed about the transmission and drive. Stay tuned to CarDekho for more updates on the same.