After numerous leaks, and then eventually being revealed with partial details and a few photos last month, Suzuki has now officially revealed the complete details about the Suzuki Jimny.
Rather than taking on a completely modern approach, Suzuki has given it a completely retro and boxy design, which gives it an impression that it looks like a mini Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Up front, it features a front grille with five slats, as well as unpainted beefy bumpers and fender flares for the Sierra variant.
Taking the retro approach meant that Suzuki has drew some inspiration from its predecessors, and these design details shown below clearly see what parts of the car we clearly inspired by the first and/or second generation models.
As we can clearly see here, the overseas model is the Jimny Sierra variant that will go on sale in Japan. Outside, it is equipped with modern touches such as LED headlamps with washers, as well as bumpers that are optimized to let the Jimny have a 37-degree approach and 49-degree departure angle. At 3,645 mm long, 1,645 mm wide, and 1,725 mm (1,730 mm with roof rails) tall, the new Suzuki Jimny is 160 mm shorter than its predecessor, though it is 45 mm taller and 20 mm wider than before. Wheelbase stays the same at 2,250 mm, and in conjunction with the 210 mm ground clearance, the Suzuki Jimny’s dimensions really make it capable to go through all types of terrain without any issues.
Inside, the Suzuki Jimny features a “down-to-earth” design, which goes back to the basics of off-roading, and de-cluttering the interior from too many screens, colors, and design details. It’s an all-black affair, but one that is done stylishly enough to make it attractive for adventure. Everything is honest and straightforward, with a main focus towards durability and ease-of-use. Being wide and taller than before, while retaining the wheelbase, it is expected that the Jimny will have more room for passengers.
Powering the Suzuki Jimny is a 1.5-liter inline-4 petrol engine, an upgrade over its predecessor’s 1.3-liter motor. It produces 101 hp and 130 Nm of torque, with power sent through a part-time ALLGRIP PRO 4×4 system with low-range transfer gear, brake LSD traction control, Hill Hold Control, and Hill Descent Control. A 3-link rigid axle suspension with coil spring for both the front and rear axles helps provide optimum wheel contact on all surfaces. When an obstacle pushes one wheel up, the axle presses the other wheel down to increase tyre contact in rough road conditions.
The 2019 Suzuki Jimny will on sale this year in a few markets worldwide, with Europe and Japan being one of the first. As this new generation model will be produces in its Kosai plant in Japan, there’s a high chance that this new model might arrive here, especially given that many Filipinos are avid fans of the Suzuki Jimny.