The late 80’s Suzuki Sierra is somewhat of a cult classic in the 4×4 world, and earlier this month returned to spotlight in the form of the 2019 Suzuki Jimny and Jimny Sierra. Unveiled on the global website prior to its July launch, the new Jimny channels its predecessor with a delightfully boxy chassis that screams Baby G-Wagen.
The turn of the century wasn’t aesthetically kind to Suzuki. Fortunately, the 2019 Suzuki Jimny has been received with nothing but admiration, as hopeful customers wait to hear about confirmed specs and price, and if the Australian market will actually receive the affordable adventuremobile.
A leaked brochure of the Japanese-spec Suzuki Jimny has revealed that the 2019 Jimny gets a 660cc, three-cylinder petrol engine while the Jimny Sierra will sport a new 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, petrol engine, with both offered in five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions.
Suzuki claims that the SUV has significant off-roading credentials, bolstered by four-wheel High and four-wheel Low settings for the standard 4WD system and front and rear differentials. The brochure also confirms the front and rear independent three-link suspension setup and body-on-frame chassis of the 2019 Suzuki Jimny.
A stocky front bumper, rear mounted spare and palette of earthy tones give the Jimny Sierra exterior an almost military appeal, while the foundation model offers funner greens and blues. Inside, the cabin shares a lot with the new Swift, including the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and climate control system. Both models also feature rear seats and the front passenger seat that fold flat and a brake assist driving aid.
I cannot help but think of the Jeep Renegade as I write this, a perfectly fine car but one that really missed the mark on standard 4 wheel drive, price point and design, falling on the too kitsch side for me. Hopefully, this 2019 Suzuki Jimny is the answer to Australia’s great looking, affordable, fun and capable 4×4!
Suzuki is expected to officially unveil the Jimny for the Japanese market in July but is yet to confirm whether the 2019 Jimny and Jimny Sierra will be coming to Australia. If the reaction of the internet is anything to go by, they’d be stupid not to.
We’ll keep you posted on developments.