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New Suzuki Jimny is on the way, and we just wanna pinch its cheeks

New Suzuki Jimny is on the way...
The new Suzuki Jimny looks like it should cross the road holding a G-Wagen's hand
The new Suzuki Jimny looks like it should cross the road holding a G-Wagen's hand
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The new Suzuki Jimny looks like it should cross the road holding a G-Wagen's hand
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The new Suzuki Jimny looks like it should cross the road holding a G-Wagen's hand
The new Suzuki Jimny: Superior White
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The new Suzuki Jimny: Superior White
The new Suzuki Jimny: Chiffon Ivory Metallic
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The new Suzuki Jimny: Chiffon Ivory Metallic
The new Suzuki Jimny: 2-tone Brisk Blue Metallic
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The new Suzuki Jimny: 2-tone Brisk Blue Metallic
The new Suzuki Jimny: Jungle Green
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The new Suzuki Jimny: Jungle Green
The new Suzuki Jimny: basic and tidy interior
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The new Suzuki Jimny: basic and tidy interior
The new Suzuki Jimny: ladder frame and as-yet anonymous engine
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The new Suzuki Jimny: ladder frame and as-yet anonymous engine
The new Suzuki Jimny: yep, the spare tire's on the back
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The new Suzuki Jimny: yep, the spare tire's on the back
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Suzuki has released the first images of its upcoming new Jimny 4x4 … and it looks like an adorably baby-faced take on a mini G-Wagen. Bug-eyed, tiny and boxy, all it needs is the roof off, four ridiculously goodlooking male models and some orange mocha frappuccinos.

Where Mercedes' G-Wagen screams "rugged utilitarian gravitas," Suzuki's upcoming 2-door Jimny 4WD takes a very similar boxy shape and somehow makes it all about cuteness and fun. Actually, if you spend a little time grinning at this thing, then go have another look at the G-Wagen, that starts looking kind of cute too, except with an elongated fivehead.

It actually looks, though, like the new Jimny might be a little ripper of a thing in the rough stuff, with a part time 4WD system and a low range transfer gear to help you crawl through rugged terrain.

The new Suzuki Jimny: ladder frame and as-yet anonymous engine
The new Suzuki Jimny: ladder frame and as-yet anonymous engine

In fact, steep angles might not bother this thing much at all, with a decent degree of lift on it and very little overhang at the front or back where the wheels sit almost right out at the corners of its ladder frame.

The interior looks basic, fun, cheap and cheerful, with a decent sized color touch screen.

The new Suzuki Jimny: basic and tidy interior
The new Suzuki Jimny: basic and tidy interior

And … that's about all we know at this stage. There's no motor specs available, but we'd expect something small, simple and frugal to round out a lightweight package we'd expect to be so affordable you could buy a handful for the price of a G-Wagen.

It'll launch in a variety of boring blacks, whites, silvers and greys, as well as jungle green and ivory … but for our money, you've gotta be going for the Kinetic Yellow or Brisk Blue, at least until they throw in some really wacky color options.

We'll wait til the full launch and pricing, but this little fella could be a cult classic in the making.

Source: Suzuki

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13 comments
Anthony Parkerwood
Does it come in diesel or automatic?
2wheelfun
Don't get your hopes up America, Suzuki pulled anchor years ago and I have not seen anything of a return to the USA, back then there 4x4s were Vitaras and also sold by Chevrolet as Trackers. So if there is any hope maybe might see it listed as a Chevy?
warmisgood
In trips to Japan you see tiny little 4x4's everywhere, I've often thought with the "tiny" movement and all the downsizing that they would be pretty popular in the US. Probably about the same size as the original Jeep..
otto17
Can't wait. They must like years ending in 8: "The world's most dangerous car is the 1988 Suzuki Samurai" http://www.networka.com/stories/22283/the-worlds-most-dangerous-cars Hopefully 30 years included adequate re-design and testing.
ljaques
I =wish= they'd introduce something like that in the US. Guess I'll have to settle for a Bollinger B1 instead. (electro-quiet VROOM, VROOM)
CAVUMark
Don't forget the Chevy Metro. I had a 2000 4 cylinder that got 49MPG, and that was in Southern Cal. I would like to see this come to the states. Small, practical, cool.
jeepster
Ya it's cute but GMC owners may not like the name they have given it. For years the nickname GMC owner have called their vehicles were " Jimmys "
Johannes
Looks like a up to date descendant of this: https://www.shannons.com.au/club/enthusiasts/markoastler/garage/1975-suzuki-lj50-v-4x4/ Excellent little off-roader from the 1970s. 540cc 2-stroke but geared so low you could just about climb walls with it. Hopefully the new Jimny is a fair bit faster, safer and quieter, but no less robust.
yawood
It looks fantastic, I can't wait. I was worried that they might screw up what was basically a good package with the previous Jimny. Thank heavens they've kept the transfer box.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think Suzuki would still be in the US if they had that. I hope they come back to the USA so they can sell that here. I would consider getting one.