4 x 4 Australia - - The Score -

THE FIRST of­fi­cial pics of the hotly an­tic­i­pated Jimny sur­faced re­cently on Suzuki’s global web­site. The hand­ful of se­lect pics re­veal the new Jimny, with its black grille and head­light sur­rounds, harks back to older it­er­a­tions of the clas­sic com­pact off-roader, namely the SJ gen­er­a­tion.

An im­age of the bare chas­sis sent so­cial me­dia pages into a frenzy, as it in­di­cated the new Jimny will re­main on a lad­der-frame chas­sis, with a lon­gi­tu­di­nal en­gine and gear­box and live axles front and rear. What will power the Jimny on lo­cal soil is still un­known at this stage; either a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 1.2-litre four-cylin­der and/or Suzuki’s 82kw/160nm 1.0-litre turbo triple is most likely.

Speak­ing to sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Wheels magazine ear­lier this year, Suzuki Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager Michael Pa­chota said the all-new com­pact of­froader would be avail­able in two spec­i­fi­ca­tions: a stripped down ver­sion for the purists, and an up­mar­ket, ur­ban-dwelling ver­sion for city streets.

Pric­ing is ex­pected to fall around the $20K-25K mark for the en­try-level 2019 model al­though Aus­tralian de­liv­ery re­mains un­con­firmed.

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