Suzuki will stop producing the 3rd generation Jimny on the 24th of February, 2018, which means that the fourth generation model is just weeks away from being officially revealed at a major motor show. The 4th generation Jimny is India-bound, and will replace the Maruti Gypsy as the automaker’s entry level off roader. Here are fresh details and pictures of the all-new, 4th gen Jimny SUV.
Globally, the Jimny is expected to go on sale from the middle of 2018. India is expected to be a global production hub for this mini-SUV. However, exact details on when Maruti will start producing the 4th-gen Jimny here are not known for now. What we do know is that the Jimny will measure under 4 meters in length, will have 2 petrol engines on offer, and that a diesel engine is unlikely, at least at launch.
Both petrol engines that the new Jimny will come with – the 1.2 liter-4 cylinder K-Series naturally aspirated unit and the 1.0 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged, direct injection BoosterJet unit – are already built in India, and do duty on many cars. The new SUV uses a ladder frame chassis, just like the outgoing model and the Gypsy. It will have a part-time four wheel drive transfer case, again like the outgoing Jimny and Gypsy.
The SUV gets butch styling, which makes it look like a mini-version of the legendary Mercedes G-Wagen. Such clean lines are fast becoming extinct on modern cars and a lot of old-school off roaders will love the new Jimny’s classic, boxy looks. The new model will get wider, and expectedly, roomier. Suspension will also be strengthened for better off-road performance.
It will also feature a brand new dashboard, which while being minimal, will pack in twin airbags, and a touchscreen infotainment system. The SUV’s short wheelbase is expected to give it great off road ability. A three door layout, with hard-top and soft-top options will be standard. International variants will also get an advanced emergency braking system.
A bigger version is in the works…
…and it’ll be called the Jimny Sierra. The Jimny Sierra will be the more practical of the two, with a five door layout and a longer wheelbase. However, the Jimny Sierra will also offer a 5 seat layout. Think Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models. The longer wheelbase model will only debut next year. Engine details are unknown for now.