Suzuki Jimny 4 × 4 aims to reintroduce a five-door version to the European market, as well as a hybrid powertrain.
The Suzuki Jimny 4 × 4 compact SUV was withdrawn from the European market in 2020 due to current European CO2 emissions standards, which it did not meet. This week, spy photographers spotted the Jimny again during road tests in Europe, with a noticeably longer wheelbase and a quieter engine. This suggests that the Jimny gets a new five-door bodywork, along with a hybrid powertrain.
The front and rear ends of the model look identical to those of the conventional Jimny. The interior sports what appears to be a much larger infotainment touchscreen, as well as unchanged analog dials and special equipment for evaluation purposes.
Strict CO2 emissions regulations in Europe have forced Suzuki to offer the two-door Jimny from 2021. That will soon change, as the automaker has reportedly electrified its off-roader. In that sense, the five-door Jimny will most likely benefit from the addition of lightweight hybrid technology, although Suzuki also has a full hybrid system in its range. Recall that before its withdrawal from the European market, the Jimny was powered by a naturally aspirated 100 bhp 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, which officially emitted 154 g / km of CO2. Some rumors suggest that the new Jimny will be powered by a unit similar to that of the Suzuki Vitara. The engine range includes a 127hp 1.4-liter petrol light hybrid and a 113hp 1.5-liter full hybrid.
The five-door Suzuki Jimny, dubbed “Jimny Long”, is expected to debut in late 2022 or early 2023. The main focus of the model will be to dethrone the Romanian economy SUV Dacia Duster, which to date reigns in the segment. compact SUVs.
On another note, it should be remembered that in France Suzuki sales to professionals increased by 92% in 2021. A good result that lasts over time thanks in particular to the involvement of dealers as well as hybrid and 4×4 technologies that perfectly match expectations of professional customers.
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