The fourth generation Suzuki Jimny has been spotted testing out in the open for almost a year now.
According to a recent report from Autocar, it will go on sale in early 2019. The Japanese automaker has already pulled the plug on the current iteration to make room for its successor, and it seems that less than 200 units are currently found in showrooms.
The 2020 Suzuki Jimny will keep its rugged and boxy-looking exterior, offering improved handling and a more modern cabin.
While it won’t be able to compete directly with the likes of the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and others within the crowded sub-compact segment, unlike most of those pseudo SUVs, it will actually be pretty good off the beaten path. The ladder-on-frame chassis, combined with the AllGrip Pro all-wheel drive system should make this tiny vehicle quite a joy on challenging terrains.
Its footprint might increase a bit from the current generation, which is only 135mm (5.3in) longer than a Volkswagen Up!, and it’s likely that the automaker will focus on improving legroom for rear passengers.
The 2020 Suzuki Jimny is believed to be powered by the Baleno’s turbocharged 1.0-liter petrol engine, with 110hp. It might also gain a naturally aspirated 1.2-liter unit, for the base model.