Forget about prototypes and renderings trying to solve the design ‘mystery’ behind the all-new Suzuki Jimny, because the small SUV has just been spotted without a trace of camouflage.
On top of that, there are multiple examples sitting together behind Suzuki’s factory, finished in a variety of shades, looking just about ready to be shipped to dealers all over the world.
Beneath its boxy design lies a traditional ladder-on-frame chassis, which along with an all-wheel drive system should make the new Jimny a pretty capable small off-roader, going where no Nissan Juke would ever dare to go.
Overall, the upcoming Jimny seems happy to depart from conventional softened exterior designs. One might even call it retro-looking, which it actually is. We can also tell that the new model still slightly resembles the old Jimny, with a table spoon of Mercedes G-Class and a pinch of Jeep Renegade. Its quirky, yet rugged appearance should definitely attract lots of fans, however it’s unlikely that such an unconventional design would ultimately lead to conventional sub-compact crossover sales numbers – something the Japanese automaker is probably at peace with.
The all-new Jimny is also expected to feature some type of semi-autonomous braking technology (no Adaptive Cruise Control though) according to Creative311, as well as LED headlights.
A splash of simplicity
The cabin of the 2019 Suzuki Jimny, while it looks highly utilitarian, does gain modern-day features such as a touchscreen infotainment display, which looks just like the one in the Suzuki Swift.
The interior image also reveals the presence of climate control, a multi-function steering wheel, an automatic transmission and not much else. We did notice how some buttons are extremely large, probably so they can be easily operated while wearing gloves.
A small engine range
Power is expected to come from a base 1.2 liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine, while a 1.0-liter turbocharged ‘Boosterjet’ three-cylinder is believed to be a step up in some markets. The latter is rumored to have a maximum output of 110 HP, as well as 170 Nm (125 lb-ft) of torque.
In the end, what these images tell us is that we’ll probably see the 2019 Jimny a lot sooner than initially expected, with a world debut to follow at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. Sales will commence before the end of the year, while by the first quarter of 2019, the new Jimny should be available in different markets worldwide.
*Article updated on Jun 17 with new revealing scans from the Jimny’s JDM brochure. Additional reporting from Sergiu Tudose