Marcus De Guzman / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | August 24, 2017 00:46
All-new Suzuki Jimny to receive a design overhaul, new tech
What looks to be a miniature version of the Mercedes-Benz G Class is actually the prototype version of the all-new Suzuki Jimny. Yes you read that right, Suzuki's mini 4x4 will soon be all-new.
After nearly 20 years in third-generation guise, the Jimny will get a new look, along with new technologies it seems. Based on the images sent by our spies, the Jimny retains its boxy profile although it appears that it will be slightly bigger than before.
Looking beyond the camouflage, the Jimny appears to adopt a retro-inspired design. Up front, the 2019 Jimny gets styling cues from previous generation models thanks to the large circular headlights, clam-shell hood and uniform-looking front bumper that seamlessly blends with the body. There also appears to be a two-slat grill and a large lower air intake situated on the front bumper itself.
Ever present are the prominent fender flares and the tiny rear windows for the rear passengers. The black alloy wheels appears to have been borrowed from the current generation Jimny so we're not entirely sure if the new model will roll on those.
Compared to the third-generation's rear, the upcoming fourth-generation model's taillights are placed lower and feature a circular theme on each of the lights. The spare tire is still mounted on the rear door itself though it looks like it has received a redesign.
Last April 2017, we came upon what looked to be a leaked image of what we believed was the fourth-generation Suzuki Jimny. Side-by-side with the new photographs provided by our insiders, it looks like Suzuki decided to change up the design and give it a more retro-modern design.
The 2019 Suzuki Jimny will likely remain as a true off-roader and will still utilize a body-on-frame construction with a ladder frame. Different, however will be its drivetrain as Suzuki will apparently fit the new Jimny with an all-wheel-drive system. No specific engines were mentioned for the new Jimny though it's highly likely that it will use Dual Jet technology for improved emissions and output.
The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show may see Suzuki arrive with the all-new Jimny in either concept or production form.