Next-gen SUV gets more rugged styling and upmarket interior; test car sighting follows leaked images
Sam Sheehan
5 September 2017

The next-generation Suzuki Jimny will retain the rugged character of its predecessor, rather than following in the footsteps of the larger Vitara by becoming more road-biased.

Spotted testing in Spain, the fourth-generation model is being developed with the feedback of existing Jimny owners in mind, who rank its effective off-road capabilities and robustness more highly than on-road performance.

Road handling will still be improved, but a Suzuki spokesman explained that the car's unique selling point was its hardy nature, so this will remain the focus during development.

Due to be revealed at the Tokyo motor show before arriving on roads in 2019, the car's design reflects its 4x4 status, taking influence from earlier-generation Jimnys with a simple, box-shaped body.

Much of the design appears similar to that applied to the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, such as the squared-off wheel arches and tail-lights located low on the bumper.

Images leaked onto the internet revealed the look of the car's interior. Although it gains modern features such as touchscreen infotainment, the overall design remains clunky - likely due to a priority for function over form to enable users to operate controls and buttons with gloves on.

Suzuki has been testing the car in four countries - one of which is Britain - in order to develop the car's chassis set-up and refinement for launch onto the global market. Its scale is not expected to drastically change from the outgoing car, which is just 120mm longer than a Smart Forfour.

The brand has remained tight-lipped as to what will power the future SUV, but sources expect Suzuki’s turbocharged 1.0-litre Boosterjet three-pot to be offered, with the brand’s naturally aspirated 1.2-litre a potential entry-point engine.

Suzuki swapped the manual low-range gear selector in its latest Vitara for an electric rotary dial, but the new Jimny could stick with the former system to maximise its off-road adjustability.

The brand's decision to ignore temptation to build a more mainstream model should ensure that sales remain comparatively small (versus other compact SUVs). Around 1200 Jimnys are sold per year in Britain - a figure that has remained consistent since the outgoing version launched in 1998.

This compares with its larger sibling, the Vitara, which achieves sales of about 11,000 units per year, with expectation of further growth.

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24 August 2017
This lookind ok, this is one car though I hope is a little bigger though. Just make it a little more practical a proposition. Had a Jimny as a loan car whilst my Grand Vitara was getting a new clutch fitted. Loved it but it was just way way too small.
Pity there's no new Grand Vitara. The the salesman was telling me the caravan people are moving on to other brands as the vicarage can't tow a heavy van like the old GV could.
Think Suzuki could do with stretching the Vitara & say a 2.0 tdi like Nissan did with the X-trail, as they quickly found out. The new car couldn't tow a lot.

24 August 2017

This looks great! Love the rugged styling

24 August 2017

Looks like they photocopied a thirty year old Mercs G-Wagen.

24 August 2017

Good on Suzuki for staying true to the spirit of the Jimny,[.please don't make the interior too upmarket either,much as I admire the latest Ignis there was no way that it was up to replacing the Jimny,another great  offering from the masters of the small car.

24 August 2017
Just hired a knackered Jimny in Corfu for a couple of days. Utterly loved it and want one.

24 August 2017

Back in the day, BL decided there was no market for small ragtop sports cars, so it left it - then along came the MX5. Now JLR has abandonded the Defender and its market and along comes the new Jimny. 

24 August 2017

Good to see they are still making proper tough little utility vehicles. I have owned a few of these over the years and love them to bits.

Steam cars are due a revival.

24 August 2017

I know somweone with an sx4 diesel uses fiat engine and the cost of cambelt was over £1000 the garagebeing official dealer said just get rid before it is due had not fitted one due to cost

 

24 August 2017
Ski Kid wrote:

I know somweone with an sx4 diesel uses fiat engine and the cost of cambelt was over £1000 the garagebeing official dealer said just get rid before it is due had not fitted one due to cost

 

I don;t recall the Jimny ever having a diesel engine. The SX4 was also sold as a FIAT, so that is why they used their diesel engine

24 August 2017

I liked the old Jimny (and the SJ before it). But this makes a Lada Niva look positively modern!

Perhaps it will be better in the metal.. No doubt it will be a great 4X4 regardless though.

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