According to the UK’s Auto Express, the iM-4 will debut as a compact SUV companion to the new Celerio hatch, rounding out the affordable entry-level end of the Suzuki line-up.
The production iM-4 will reportedly be offered in both front- and all-wheel-drive form, but it won’t deliver the sort of weekender capabilities that have made the Jimny a legend.
Fans won’t be left wanting, however, with the report adding that a proper replacement for the Jimny will debut around the same time in 2018.
While the iM-4 will be little more than a jacked-up ‘soft-roading’ hatch, the Jimny’s successor is expected to once again boast a ladder chassis design and permanent four-wheel-drive.
Few other details on the new all-roader have surfaced, although the report suggests that while the new model will replace the Jimny, it will not merely evolve its styling.
A new look is expected, although we can likely still expect a ruggedised body-kit to feature as a visible reminder of the compact 4x4’s capabilities.
The current Jimny, recently relaunched in Australia, is expected to soldier on in most markets until its replacement arrives in 2018.
As for the iM-4, Auto Express claims that sources at Suzuki have confirmed that few visual changes will be made, suggesting the crossover is nearly ‘good to go’ in its existing concept form.