The 2019 Suzuki Jimny has been showcased to select audience, exterior images leaked.
Images of the 2019 Suzuki Jimny taken during a private screening of the car in Japan have surfaced the internet. The Jimny is expected to be launched in Japan soon and an Asia launch is likely to happen sometime in 2019. The car will replace the iconic Maruti Gypsy.
In terms of design, the Jimny comes across as a modern Gypsy with a boxy silhouette and retro design elements like the round headlights and the vertical 5-slat grille that is reminiscent of retro SUVs, especially the Mercedes G-Wagen. The front bumper is high set and gets round fog lamps on either sides. The blackened alloy wheels and the black cladding on the square wheel arches add some flair to the otherwise boxy looking side profile. The spare wheel comes mounted onto the tailgate and the mini SUV gets dual-tone colours as well.
The windscreen houses a cut out portion in the centre that could house sensors for the automatic wipers and headlamps along with cameras and the radar for the autonomous braking feature. The interior too follows the retro design approach. It gets a multi-function steering wheel, rotary dials for operating the AC vents and toggle switches for several other functions. The positioning of the touchscreen infotainment system, AC vents and the toggle switches might remind you of the Ignis to some extent.
Internationally, the Jimny is likely to come powered by a 660cc 3-cylinder engine (for the Japanese market), a 1.0-litre BoosterJet, a 1.2-litre DualJet and finally a conventional 1.2-litre petrol motor (for the emerging markets) which will be mated to manual and automatic transmissions. Back in Asia, we might get the Jimny only with the naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre petrol motor or the 1.0-litre BoosterJet engine that already does duty in the Baleno RS. The vehicle will also get Suzuki’s AllGrip Pro system which is essentially a 4WD technology.
The Gypsy sold in Asia is based on the long wheelbase Jimny. The fourth generation Jimny is expected to be launched at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2018.
2019 Suzuki Jimny
– Suzuki Jimny takes design inspiration from the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen
– Car has been showcased to select audience
– Likely to be launched in Asia sometime next year
– 1.0-litre BoosterJet or a 1.2-litre petrol engine could power the Asia-spec Jimny