A long-running nameplate of Suzuki’s iconic, go-anywhere Jimny SUV enters the fourth generation for the 2018 model year. The heavily camouflaged prototype of the redesigned 2018 Suzuki Jimny was spotted several times while testing but thanks to the leaked images we also know how the new-generation looks unmasked.
The new version will present boxier than ever styling with some design cues obviously borrowed from the Mercedes and Jeep. The interior will also benefit from radical improvements while the Jimny seems to continue in the 3-door form and similar dimensions. The model will, however, maintain its off-road capabilities and old-school chassis design.
2018 Suzuki Jimny: Design
Based on what we can see on the spy and leaked photos, it can’t pass unnoticed that new 2018 Suzuki Jimny has adopted some styling cues from the Mercedes G-Class and some elements from Jeep’s SUVs. The fourth generation Jinmy is boxier than ever and it sports the all-new face. The grille features the upright design with the five vertical slats and model has new round headlights coming with separated, circular indicators.
The front bumper seems to be more muscular and in slightly elevated position for the better approach angle.
The profile sports upright panels combined with larger wheel arches finished in black plastic. The model continues in the 3-door formation while it could get a two-tone body treatment.
The rear end of the model continues with the tailgate mounted spare wheel and includes a new design of the rear bumper mounted lights.
The cabin of the new Jimny will also be heavily reworked with the focus on the new tech features. The interior will keep the rugged design but the new model will be smarter thanks to the added tech. The dashboard will have large dials and knobs while the center display will sit in the high middle section.
The model will have SmartPlay infotainment interface and will support Apple Car Play and Android Auto. It will also offer automatic climate control, Bluetooth, and other components. Suzuki will also improve model’s safety ratings. The model will add side airbags and probably new safety systems as well.
2018 Suzuki Jimny: Powertrains
While we have leaked images of model’s exterior and interior, the details about the powertrains are still the mystery. However, what is sure, the 2018 Suzuki Jimny will retain its off-road capability including the ladder chassis construction and AllGrip Pro 4×4 system. The go-anywhere small SUV will also include the low-range gearing for the additional off-road capability.
As for the engine options, the new Jimny should offer several options. Two small displacements including the 1.0-liter turbo Booster Jet three-cylinder petrol and the even smaller 0.66-liter unit should be on the offer. Other options could include a naturally aspirated 1.2-liter engine as well as the 1.4-liter unit.
2018 Suzuki Jimny: Arrival, Price
The new 2018 Suzuki Jimny will likely make its global premiere at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. The sales will start in early 2018 in Japan and later in other markets. The price and more details will be known closer to model’s debut.