Jimny gets an upgrade
The current generation of the Suzuki Jimny has been on the market for around 20 years. And finally, the car maker has decided to introduce the fourth generation of this popular model.
It should be in South Africa before the end of the year.
According to the information and photos we could cull, the Suzuki will keep its distinctive appearance with a slightly squarer form and subtle styling modifications.
The interior will also be in keeping with its unique and not-so-typical design, but will be improved with better materials and new technology features.
Engine derivatives have not been confirmed for South Africa, but we could see a 1,3-litre, four-cylinder doing duty with a five-speed manual automatic transmission.
It could also be made available as a fourspeed automatic.
Regarding the drivetrain, the all-wheel drive configuration will be standard.
The Suzuki Jimny will arrive much lighter than the current model, with a reduction of close on 115kg thanks to the use of lightweight materials such as aluminium and carbon fibre. This in turn will translate into better fuel economy and handling.
From a styling point of view, the front will be dominated by a grille with five vertical slats. It is currently black, which makes a nice contrast to the rest of the body.
Furthermore, there will be rounded headlamps instead of the square ones found in its predecessor.
The rear will most likely get new tail lights and the Jimny would ride on five-spoke, 18” alloy wheels.
On the inside, the rugged design theme will continue. The cabin looks to be simple but it will be upgraded with better-quality materials and equipment. The central console will feature a larger display with infotainment system.
More information on this giant-killing, go anywhere compact SUV will be made available closer to the launch.