Continuing the string of Suzuki Jimny spy pictures we have seen in the past few days and also the announcement of its debut on 5 July, pictures have emerged online of leaked brochures for the mini-off roader.
These images provide some new details, most notably the differences between the Suzuki Jimny and the Suzuki Jimny Sierra. The Sierra seems to be a more upmarket variant with the most prominent difference being the plastic body cladding around the wheel wells as well as a contrasting roof. Other minor differences are a slightly tweaked bumper on the Sierra with larger skidplates. Both variants get projector headlamps, bumpers which allow for good approach/departure angles and a tailgate-mounted spare wheel.
As seen in some more pictures recently, the 2018 Jimny will continue to be a 2-door design and will continue to be a serious off-roader with ladder frame construction, four-wheel drive with low-range gearing and high-profile tyres. Leaked images have already been floating on the internet.
The fourth-gen Jimny will continue the heavily retro design theme of the earlier cars. The front grille has a 5-slat design. It is flanked by circular headlamps on either side. The headlamp housings host separated circular turn-signals. The front bumper looks minimalist but functional and houses the fog lamps and a prominent air intake. The Jimny's flared wheel arches get a dark plastic cladding.
In terms of features, the Jimny should come with similar levels of equipment seen on newer Maruti Suzuki cars like the Swift and Baleno. So expect automatic climate control, auto lights and wipers, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, among others.
The Suzuki Jimny will be available with two engine options. the 1.2-litre four cylinder K-Series petrol and the 1-litre turbocharged three-cylinder with direct injection. The Japanese market car will be available with a 660 c unit to take advantages of the country's 'kei' car tax incentives.
The Jimny is an iconic model in Suzuki's line-up and has been sold under various nameplates/badges all over the world since 1970. This new model has been a long time coming, the third generation Jimny made its debut in 1998. Indian buyers will also be familiar with the SUV, given that the Maruti Gypsy was, in fact, an LWB version of the second generation Jimny produced between 1981 and 1998. It combines impressive off-roading ability with a compact footprint ideal for urban driving. Given that small SUVs are doing very well in India now, the Jimny could be an ideal niche product in this segment with its ladder frame underpinnings and serious off-roading ability.