Suzuki has just launched a teaser site for the upcoming new Suzuki Jimny in their home country of Japan with the highlight of July 2018 being its ‘debut’ date.
It looks like the fourth generation Suzuki Jimny will return to the boxy, utilitarian look that was seen in the second generation which was launched in the early 1980s.
The teaser site provided some key information on the Jimny heritage. Through three generations of the Suzuki Jimny which started in 1970, over 2.85 million units have been sold in 194 countries and regions.
Left-hand steering position as the image is from Global Suzuki
In terms of performance, the new Jimny continues to inherit the ladder frame chassis with a 3-link rigid axle rear suspension, and the part-time 4WD with low-range transfer case.
The engine choices remain the same as the previous generation Jimny in Japan, an option of a turbocharged triple-cylinder engine displacing 660 cc or a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine.
While details are thin, it seems that Suzuki has increased the engine capacity of the four-cylinder engine from 1.3 litres to 1.5 litres. Both engines deliver power to either a 4-speed torque converter automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.
The teaser site also previews a new variant of the Jimny called the Jimny Sierra, which is fitted with the four-cylinder engine, bodywork with wider fenders plus integrated side steps and 15-inch wheels.
Other notable features include LED head lamps, cruise control system, 16-inch wheels, fully automatic air conditioning system, and 6 airbags.
In terms of safety features, the new Suzuki Jimny will be equipped with Suzuki Safety Support, the brand’s autonomous emergency braking (AEB) feature that provides braking assistance when the system detects a slower moving obstacle ahead.