The fourth generation of Suzuki Jimny is here. Well, the mini SUV is modernized, but we can’t say we see anything new on the vehicle. The same old boxy design and off-road capabilities. Fans were not too happy with the level of changes on this iconic model. But, the company could spice things up with the new 2020 Suzuki Jimny.
The mini-SUV could get the version with five doors! We saw the concept images and we are sure that enthusiasts will go crazy about this model. It is not all about the doors since this version is changing a lot of other things about the 2020 Suzuki Jimny. First of all, it will be a larger model with extended wheelbase. Then, there is more space inside, both for passengers and cargo. Finally, the new model will need a more powerful engine than the current 1.5-liter diesel. Some say even a hybrid model is an option!
All in all, these are changes that will lure more buyers and fans. This is the move that could bring back Suzuki to the map of leading carmakers. However, do not expect the 2020 Jimny to arrive in the US or Canada since these markets are already occupied with Jeep Wrangler. Suzuki can’t compete with the legendary US 4×4 vehicle.
Rumors or Truth
The base version of the 2020 Suzuki Jimny will be unchanged, that is certain. The crossover SUV is still fresh on the market, with the new generation debuted in 2018. However, we are all waiting for official updates for the five-door model and hybrid drivetrain. These are the loudest rumors about the new model. But, are they realistic?
The new body style is already rendered. We don’t know if the work by Nikita Chuyko is inspired by some information from the company. But, where there’s smoke, there’s fire as well. The concept seems to be very convincing. If that is only a fan art, then Suzuki should take it very seriously under the consideration, since the platform caused a lot of interest.
Under the hood of the 2020 Suzuki Jimny is a 1.5-liter diesel engine that is capable to produce 100 hp and 130 Nm (95 pound-feet) of torque. The four-cylinder unit is not providing some spectacular outputs, but there is still enough power for off-road adventures. The crossover SUV is slow, but also light and that makes it agile and fun to drive. A two-wheel drive is a way better option than the 4×4. Still, we expect some refinements in this sector as well.
If the 2020 Suzuki Jimny five-door wants to make an impression, it will need a larger engine with more power. Well, the company doesn’t have too many other options to offer. There are a couple of turbocharged units available for the SX4 SUV, but these are not quite exactly what fans would like to see. The solution we find in the recent purchase of Suzuki stocks by Toyota.
Toyota to Help With 2020 Suzuki Jimny Hybrid and Five-Door Model Drivetrains
Toyota is a global leader in the automotive industry. The versatility of their vehicles is offering something for anyone. With the purchase of 5 percent of Suzuki’s stocks, Toyota is looking to help the new partner with their technologies. We can see it already working on the new Jimny five-door model. As said, Suzuki doesn’t have too much power to provide what enthusiasts need. That is where Toyota can jump in and land one of their more powerful petrol or diesel engines.
But, we believe the cooperation will be focused more on the cleaner sources of power. Again, that is the segment where rare companies can compete with Toyota. The speculations mentioning the 2020 Suzuki Jimny Hybrid are already here and we are very confident these have something to do with the abovementioned purchase. Of course, Toyota will provide all the necessary support for this technology. What kind of a drivetrain it could be, we still can’t find our sources to unveil these details.
2020 Suzuki Jimny USA and Canada Release
There is no way that 2020 Suzuki Jimny could enter the US or Canada markets. The crossover can’t meet regulations with the current diesel engine. On the other hand, Toyota can help, but there are also other issues regarding safety and performance. Jeep Wrangler is the most popular 4×4 model there. Buyers in this part of the world love larger vehicles that bring more power. Jimny doesn’t fit there, even with a five-door model. So, in the foreseeable future, we won’t see it in the US.