Many Suzuki lovers have been eagerly awaiting what the auto manufacturer has built for the new Jimny variant. Well here it is …
This brand new version looks to retain much of its predecessors’ capabilities. In addition to the bolt on body, ladder frame chassis, it features a solid rear axle, no reference to the front as yet. Odds are that it will continue to offer a part time four wheel drive system with a low-range, as with the current one.
As for styling, the new model does seem to have a more rugged, chunky look than the current one, but we can’t help thinking it has that slight baby Jeep look.
The corners have been squared off, and hard creases added to the flanks. The wheel wells are now also more square and seem to have bigger flares. We’re also noticing some retro touches such as the roof that isn’t flush with the rest of the body. The taillights mounted in the rear bumper are also reminiscent of the old Samurai.
Engine type is still to be confirmed, but a new simple 1.2-litre Dualjet would be a good guess, and could dramatically improve on the current car’s 162g/km CO2 emissions and claimed 39.8mpg fuel economy.
The Jimny is expected to hit showrooms in 2019, with prices staying in line with the £12,999 tag of the current car in order to keep it positioned between the new Ignis and the firm’s larger SUV offerings.
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