An upgrade on the way for Suzuki’s favourite little Jimny

When it comes to the Suzuki Jimny, there’s no such thing as being on the fence. Those who despise the vehicle, hate it to their core whilst those who love the vehicle, dote on it with their entirety. The Suzuki Jimny has really been developed for a niche market and does exceptionally well within it. Though Jimny fans favor function over form, we feel the time is right for the vehicle to undergo something of a facelift, albeit a tiny one. The new Jimny is expected to hit the (off) road early next year.

We are still a few months away from the reveal which is scheduled to be in October at the Tokyo Motor Show. Appropriate? We think so. The focus on enhancing the ruggedness of the SUV has been relayed with the accompaniment of a retro design. Suzuki wants to build on the Jimny’s unique selling point which is undoubtedly its robust nature.

Considering how niche the market is, Suzuki has relied greatly on feedback from existing owners when developing the new version. Said owners are more likely to rank the effectiveness of its capabilities off-road as opposed to on-road.

The new Suzuki Jimny is believed to be powered by a 1.2 litre petrol engine that is naturally aspirated. Higher spec models will feature a turbo-charged 1.0 litre Boosterjet engine. This engine, featured in the likes of the top of the range Baleno and Swift variants, is capable of 82 kW of power and 170 Nm of torque. With South Africa being left out of the Boosterjet engine handout for other Suzuki vehicles, it would be quite a pleasant surprise if our Jimny’s included the impressive mechanic. Either way, we’re keeping our fingers crossed! Diesel is also unlikely.

In terms of its look, the Jimny is expected to be a little more accommodating, with better features inside and out. While we aren’t sure this will be enough to attract new customers, it is sure to speak to the hearts of enthusiasts nationwide. While Suzuki remains tightlipped about the finer details we are left to speculate what may become of the precious Suzuki Jimny.