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2019 Suzuki Jimny. Photo: Supplied
 
 
Andrew Maclean | Jun, 19 2018 | 0 Comments

The compact SUV that started it all has taken a step back in time.

The Japanese brand has officially revealed images of its latest-generation Jimny, a small four-wheel drive with a retro-modern character.

While details are still scarce other than the two exterior images released, the baby bush basher has been clearly designed to maintain a rugged appeal by eschewing modern trends that have generated curvy urban runabouts and keeping a boxy body style.

As the images show, it appears to be heavily influenced by the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon with chunky flared wheel arches extending from its slab-sided profile, a floating roof, heavy-duty front and rear bumpers and a spare tyre mounted on the rear tailgate.

It is expected the Jimny will continue to offer genuine four-wheel drive capability with a traditional transfer-case transmission, class-leading ground clearance and entry/departure angles.

That same rugged design is carried over into the cabin with a utilitarian design that sees exposed allen-key bolts fused with modern touches like the colour touchscreen mounted on top of the centre console.

Under the bonnet, it is expected to be powered by either the 1.2-litre four-cylinder and/or 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder from the Swift small car range, with either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox options.

Suzuki Australia has yet to confirm whether the Jimny, which was first devloped in 1970 and has been hugely popular in Australia during its lifetime, will be offered locally. 

But Suzuki's local boss Michael Pachota said "We are hopeful, with Suzuki Motor Corporation's recent reveal, our request for this vehicle will be confirmed soon.”

 

 
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