New Suzuki Jimny rendered as a convertible model

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To be based on ladder-on frame chassis, the fourth generation Jimny is expected to measure 3300mm in length, 1475mm in width and 1715mm in height whereas the wheelbase could stand at 2250mm.

Regardless of Suzuki's decision, X-Tomi Design has chose to propose a design for the convertible Jimny.

The boxy, upright design of the old Jimny has been carried over to the new model along, with tough plastic wheel arch claddings and a tailgate-mounted full size spare wheel. There was a time when Maruti Suzuki Gypsy ruled the roost, but soon its competitors took over this bulky carrier passenger vehicle and the company lost its market share. While the Jimny won't get a diesel in the worldwide market, the Indian version might get the 1.3 DDiS diesel.

Jimny is believed to be loaded with the utilitarian yet plenty of modern features like LED headlights, push-button start, alloy wheels, air conditioner, 7 inch touchscreeen to keep you entertained, Android Auto, and multi-function steering wheel. Speculations suggest the compact SUV could utilise Suzuki's latest 1.0-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine, which, in other models, produces 82kW and 160Nm. They will be offered as standard with a five-speed manual gearbox, but optionally available will be a four-speed automatic.

The SUV is expected to go on sale in the Japanese market later this year.

It's entirely possible Suzuki wasn't planning to reveal any official images at this point, but after a set of unofficial images from a presentation were leaked on the internet last week the company has now put these official renderings on its global website. For now, here are studio pictures of the 2018 Jimny and Jimny Sierra, showing key details and features of the off-roader.

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