Previous generations of the Suzuki Jimny have proven to be very capable off-road. Enthusiasts have tinkered with the small SUV to enhance its capabilities and numerous examples of modified Suzuki Jimnys can be found online. IAB's rendering imagines the new 2019 Suzuki Jimny as a hardcore off-road machine.
Up front, the Suzuki Jimny off-road modifications include a protective bullbar, a winch, and additional underbody protection in the form of a bash plate. The bonnet gets an anti-glare black patch. The sides feature additional body cladding along with tyre tread body decals and 4x4 stickering. Riveted wheel arch cladding and side steps add to the utilitarian look.
The Jimny rides higher than the regular model with BF Goodrich off-road tires wrapped around black alloy wheels. Other off-road centric modifications include a snorkel, a luggage rack with auxiliary lights.
In its stock form, the JDM-spec Suzuki Jimny will be offered with a 660 cc petrol engine and a 1.5 L petrol engine. Both variants will be available with a part-time four-wheel drive with low range transfer gear and 3-link rigid axle suspension. Transmission options include a 4-speed torque converter automatic and a 5-speed manual. The 1.5 L engine Jimny Sierra will be offered in two grades, while the one with the smaller engine will be available in three grades.
Official images of the fourth generation Suzuki Jimny were released recently. It will make its debut in Japan next month and is expected to go on sale in its home market shortly thereafter. Its European launch may take place by the end of 2018. Although the car has a neo-retro utilitarian appearance, Suzuki will offer it with features like LED projector headlamps, automatic climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, electrically adjustable ORVMs, and more.
The Maruti Gypsy sold in India is essentially a second generation Suzuki Jimny. There are rumours of the new 2019 Suzuki Jimny heading to the Indian market as a replacement for the Gypsy. It could become a potential lifestyle product for the Indian market like the Mahindra Thar and Isuzu D-Max V-Cross.