Suzuki Motor Corporation has fully unveiled the next-gen Jimny in Japan. The company has also released a TVC of its latest small SUV for the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM). This short video clip shows the new-gen Jimny comfortably traversing the toughest of surfaces. The all-new Suzuki Jimny will be available in two formats – the Kei-spec Jimny will be a Japan-only model, while the Jimny Sierra will go on sale in several other markets. While the former has a base price of 14,58,000-19,06,200 JPY (approx Rs. 9.08 lakh to Rs. 11.87 lakh) while the Jimny Sierra cost 17,60,400-20,62,800 JPY (approx Rs. 10.94 lakh to Rs. 12.82 lakh).
The Kei-spec all-new Suzuki Jimny is powered by a 0.66-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that outputs a maximum power of 64 PS along with a peak torque of 96 Nm. The Jimny Sierra, on the other hand, receives a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder motor that outputs 101 PS of maximum power and 130 Nm of peak torque. This is the same engine that will also power the India-spec Maruti Ciaz and the new-gen Ertiga. Both the motors will be available with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard and 4-speed automatic transmission as optional. The SUV also gets a four-wheel drive system.
The new Jimny gets a boxy design that is reminiscent of the original Mercedes G-wagen. Up front, it gets a pair of round headlamps that carry LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs). In the side profile, it gets stylish 15-inch mag rims that are finished in gunmetal grey. Other highlights include a dual-tone colour scheme and a five-slat grille. On the inside, the new Jimny gets several switches and knobs from the Suzuki parts bin. There are many bits that will remind you of the new-gen Suzuki Swift. Highlights of the cabin include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a multi-function three-spoke steering wheel. Safety features for the international-spec variant include forward braking assist, six airbags, lane departure warning, weaving alert, ESP and ABS.
The all-new Suzuki Jimny will be launched in European markets in 2019. We are yet to get an official word on its India launch. However, it does look like the new-gen Jimny will be launched in India to replace the ageing Gypsy.