We’re just weeks away from the official unveiling of the all-new, 4th generation Suzuki Jimny. Production of the sub-4 meter, off-roader has already begun in Japan. According to Asahi Motors – a Suzuki dealership in Japan – the all-new Jimny SUV will be unveiled officially on the 5th of July, 2018. The date is pretty crucial as most technical details of the new Jimny have been kept under close wraps so far. Almost nobody, except perhaps people closely associated with the Jimny project at Suzuki, knows the exact specifications of the new version of the iconic off-road machine.
While there’s been talk about India being a major export hub for the right-hand drive versions of the new Jimny, official communication regarding the same is yet to be conveyed by both Suzuki and Maruti Suzuki. For now, we do know that the all-new Jimny will be built in short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase versions. The short-wheelbase version gets a three-door layout, while the long-wheelbase version is a five-door variant. In the recent past, CV Raman, Maruti Suzuki’s engineering head, had remarked that the extended wheelbase makes more sense for the Indian market considering its higher practicality.
Speculations suggest that the new-gen Jimny will be a ladder frame SUV powered by petrol engines. The 1-litre 3-cylinder Boosterjet turbocharged petrol and the 1.2-litre K-Series naturally aspirated, 4-cylinder petrol engines are likely to be offered in the SUV. Both manual and automatic gearboxes are expected, along with an all-wheel drive system. A diesel engine is unlikely. The Jimny is expected to be hybrid and electric-powertrain ready, considering the fact that the market is showing a shift towards electric cars. The SUV will be a five-seater, in both short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase trims.