Marcus De Guzman / Unknown | April 18, 2017 14:12
Purported new-generation Suzuki Jimny gets major redesign
The third-generation Suzuki Jimny has been in the market for a long time and has only received minor updates such as a revised powertrain and a slightly tweaked exterior and cabin. From the looks of it, all that is about to change as the long-selling Jimny may be succeded soon by a new-generation model.
What you're seeing right now is what looks like a leaked image of the all-new Jimny. It's not clear yet if this is the final design or a design study meant for a concept 4x4.
While it does retain the familiar boxy shape, the front fascia is a far cry from the current model. If the picture is to be believed, the five-slot grill will be replaced by a four-slot grill with a more modern design. It might also receive a new set of headlights and turn signals that now flank the front quarter panels. In addition, the alleged next-gen Jimny could also get light signature, a lower front valence and new foglights.
Also making its way are what appear to be large five-spoke alloy wheels with black inlays and flared wheel arches with new wheel lip moldings. Rear images of the purported 4x4 are not available but it appears the taillights have been given a slight revision as well.
As to whether the next-gen Jimny will still be a rugged 4x4, Suzuki will reportedly keep its body-on-frame construction. In a report by Car Advice, Takanori Suzuki, general manager of Suzuki Latin America and Oceania, said that they will not 'soften up' the tiny 4x4. In addition, the next-gen Jimny will still have a low-range 4x4 setting for better traction when going off-road.
There are no reports yet as to what engine will power the next-generation Jimny. Currently, the third-generation 4x4 is powered by a 1.3-liter M13A inline-four that puts out 81 PS at 5500 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. Transmissions available include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic. With stricter emission laws in play, a DualJet engine is not far from being used in Suzuki's new 4x4.