Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Is this the next Suzuki Jimny?

2014 Suzuki Jimny
Is this orange illustration a hint at what the next-generation Suzuki Jimny will look like? The blue print at the bottom this cover of Japan's Mag-X does indeed say "Jimny." (ジムニー)—you can use Google Translate and figure that out. So what are the details? How official is this

According to website, the vehicle will share the Swift platform, which means it'll do away with the body-on-frame construction and will be a crossover. If that's the case, it's fair to ascertain that it will also likely lose its solid front and rear axles and most of its legendary off-road capability. It may gain better on-road handling and an improved ride.

SuzukiFan is also saying there will be two variants: A small Kei version for the Japanese domestic market, and a larger model for outside markets. It is also saying there may be a soft top configuration. The site speculates gasoline-powered engines will range between 1.2 and 1.4 liters in size.

While I don't expect this model, which is allegedly bowing as a 2014, to come to North America, it will likely be sold in a host of other markets across the globe.

I don't like the idea of the Jimny turning into a "soft roader." This is a vehicle that's been known globally as an affordable 4x4 that can go anywhere and is highly modifiable. There are plenty of AWD car-based vehicles out there, and it'd be sad to know that yet another off-road-capable vehicle has been given the crossover treatment. We'll have to wait and see.

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