Looks to pack more creature comforts, thank heavens.
The next-generation Suzuki Jimny has been leaked in a presentation to its associates, giving us a definitive first look at the new compact off-roader. It’s refreshing to see that against the onslaught of style-driven high-riding crossovers, the Jimny will be retaining its familiar upright stance, albeit in a far more current kinda way.
Design-wise, it’s a decent-enough departure from the existing model without ruffling too many feathers. We imagine that Jimny customers appreciate the design of the existing car (and every predecessor before it), so Suzuki’s kept that largely intact. It still looks rugged and ready-to-go, though the overall fascia is now more simplified and pared-back compared to previous iterations of the Jimny.
The cabin sees a more significant update though, with a large touchscreen infotainment screen taking pride placement in the otherwise utilitarian cabin. Switchgear appears to be large and clunky, the sort that could be operated easily even when wearing gloves or being bounced around on a dirt track.
This far, there’s little information about the drivetrain of the upcoming Jimny, though it’s been suggested that along with the 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that Suzuki’s got in its catalogue, they may also consider endowing it with their 1.2-litre three-pot Boosterjet turbo engine. That would undoubtedly give the Jimny a far wider range of ability, though it’ll never be quite as accomplished a road car as anything else in the Suzuki range.