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Suzuki Jimny SUV: cute n’ rugged 4x4 spotted

Published: 25 August 2017

► All-new Suzuki Jimny
► First pics show cutesy shape
► New 4x4 coming 2019

Our eagle-eyed photographers have papped Suzuki’s new Jimny 4x4 out and about, and boy does it look cute. Well, at least we think it’s the Jimny – it could very easily be a Mercedes G-class from very far away…

The current-generation Suzuki Jimny is so old the first versions saw the fall of the Roman Empire, so it’s about time that the brand’s perennial mud-plugger thrusts itself into the 21st Century.

Our spy photos show that the basic shape of the Jimny won’t change much from its predecessor. It’s about as angular as a car can get in its overall silhouette – again, not unlike a Mercedes G.

Suzuki Jimny 2019 spy shot rear quarter

The front end gives us a couple of clues to the car’s final design; big round headlights show basic halogen bulbs and the two rectangular slats on the grille will undoubtedly be joined by others in a row, like before.

The square wheelarches complement the almost Land Rover Defender-like creases along the side of the bodywork, too. While at the rear, the Jimny still sports an exposed spare wheel and side-hinged door.

CAR understands that this camo'd car is a development mule, and is primarily being stress-tested on road to help shape the new 4x4's on-road dynamics.

Engine options are likely to remain basic, so we should see little more than the 1.2-litre Dualjet engine that powers the basic Swift and Baleno cars in the range. We could see Suzuki’s turbocharged Boosterjet engine or SHVS tech join, but this would go against the Jimny’s pared-back driving experience and would up the price. Four-wheel drive will naturally be standard across the board.

We'll see the new Jimny in the metal in 2019.

Check out our review of the current Jimny here

By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches