Here’s one car we never really expected to see a replacement to, the Suzuki Jimny. With the first generation being released all the way back in 1970 the Jimny isn’t all that well known throughout the gearhead community, it isn’t particularly a good seller either. But despite that Suzuki just took the covers off the brand fourth generation 2019 Suzuki Jimny, and for what the Jimny has represented throughout the years, which is a small basic off-roader, we’re pretty impressed, to say the least.
The best way to describe the styling of the 2019 Suzuki Jimny is to classify it as a “mini” Mercedes G Wagon. Mercedes Benz has long been praised for retaining the G Wagons classic boxy styling in a world where sleek curves and creases remain the dominant design aesthetics of the cars of today. What we’re basically trying to say is that the new Jimny looks great. The front end houses an almost Hummer-style front grille with vertical air intake slats. The circular headlights are also housed in this front grille. Move around to the back, and you get a side-hinged rear door that also holds the spare tire. The rear taillights are mounted low down on the small rear bumper. All these design features are exactly what you would find on a G Wagon, in fact, if you look at the side profile its pretty clear Suzuki isn’t shy about admitting where they got their design inspiration from because it looks exactly like a small two-door G Wagon. Suzuki has even gone to the lengths of introducing a brand new two-tone paint finish on the Jimny in an attempt to make it more appealing to millennial’s.
The interior has also been revamped for the 2019 model year, gone is the agricultural styling of old. It has now been replaced by a more utilitarian design that blends modern design touches quite well, but in the end, the Jimny is in essence on off-roader, so it has to be up to taking years and years of abuse and still work at the end of the day without missing a beat. Inside we now get Suzuki’s updated multi-function steering wheel that we’ve seen before in the brand new swift, a central infotainment system as well as updated climate control buttons that also seem to have been taken straight out of the Swift.
No official specifications for the Suzuki Jimny have been revealed as of yet but expect the JDM variant to retain the traditional 660cc engine in the base model. A larger 1.5-liter engine is also likely to be offered with a choice between a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. 15 or 16-inch wheels will also be available but expect the base model to come equipped with some classic steel wheels. Other options available will be automatic climate control, push-start ignition, autonomous emergency braking and cruise control. We shall have to wait until July the 5th to get the full details on Suzuki’s quirky off-roader.