Gosh, that green is striking.
Suzuki, the Japanese carmaker that specialises in small cars, is having a really tough time keeping the lid on its upcoming Jimny compact overlander. The Jimny’s been leaked from presentation slides, from pre-production prototype shots, and even photos from the factory floor. It’s either the company isn’t briefing staff on do’s and don’ts very well, or the world is beside itself waiting for the new car.
Where the Jimny adopted a somewhat modern look in its current generation, the upcoming Jimny is very clearly going back to its roots. The generous use of black, unpainted plastic (from the bumpers to the front fascia), the round headlights… it’s clear that the Jimny wants to channel the same go-anywhere do-anything capabilities of the original.
If you look closely at the images though, you might’ve noticed that the Jimny’s here seem to be missing the chunky wheel arch extensions that we’ve seen in previous images of the car. That’s likely because the Jimny’s seen here are for the Japan domestic market and are required to fit with kei-car (or ultra-compact) rules that go as far as to dictate the overall width of the vehicle.
What’s been suggested is that the Jimny will utilise a 1.2-litre petrol four-pot from their catalogue, though a turbocharged Boosterjet mill (of the same capacity) could be fielded (our fingers are crossed). A torquey turbo engine would be great for the little off-roader, and definitely increase its capabilities on-road. The characterful little Jimny is due to be launched later this year, and we’re very excited.