Quite a number of people are already eagerly awaiting the launch of the fourth generation of the Suzuki Jimny by Japanese carmaker Suzuki. It has been nearly 20 years since Suzuki released the third generation of the Jimny (1998), and everyone is keeping their eyes open as to when an all-new iteration would make its debut.
However, it seems that we won't have to wait longer for the arrival of the next-gen Jimny, as the Japanese carmaker itself included images of the all-new model – believed to be up for the 2018 or 2019 model year – in a company presentation that details its product roadmap. Someone who was in attendance during the company presentation was able to get some shots of the presented images, and ultimately these were leaked online to be feasted on.
The leaked images came a few days after spy pictures of the new Suzuki Jimny surfaced. Although the Suzuki Jimny, as spied, was heavily camouflaged, it was still able to reveal quite a number of details. It has adopted a more upright boxy design – something that has become rare among current SUVs, save for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and some Jeep offerings like the Wrangler and Defender. It is even safe to say that the upright boxy design of the new Suzuki Jimny makes it a smaller version of the Mercedes G-Class or the Jeep Wrangler.
Now, the recent leaked images from the company presentation have confirmed that the styling of the new Suzuki Jimny makes it comparable to a baby G-Class or a baby Jeep, as it sports more compact proportions than these boxy SUVs. Of course, setting apart the all-new Jimny from these larger boxy SUVs is the fact that it owns design language that makes it easily identifiable as a Suzuki.
For instance, the front end of the new Jimny features a slim upper grille – with large grille slats -- as flanked by a set of round headlights. Yes, Suzuki opted to discard the square-shaped headlights in favor of the round ones.
The leaked images also reveal that the flanks of the all-new Jimny feature muscular wheel arches that accommodate clunky wheels and tires. The sides feature large windows as well as square side mirrors, leading us to believe that Suzuki designed the Jimny to offer optimal visibility, instead of great aerodynamics.
It is expected that the new Jimny will be underpinned by a ladder-frame chassis and feature low-range gearing to retain its vaunted off-road ability, as complemented by the AllGrip Pro all-wheel drive system.
Inside, the Jimny retains its boxy design but now offers a redesigned steering wheel and a large touchscreen infotainment screen.
Suzuki is expected to unveil the all-new fourth-generation Suzuki Jimny at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.