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The look of the next Suzuki Jimny SUV has been revealed in an official picture released by its makers.

The fourth-generation model will launch first in Japan and is not expected on UK roads until early in 2019.

It has always been regarded as a traditional SUV in the Suzuki line-up, with proper off-road ability and its own core fan base as a result.

It is clear from the pictures that Suzuki will not be seeking to change this image. The Jimny retains its signature square, rugged exterior styling and also the traditional ladder chassis employed by the more robust off-roaders.

Also revealed is the use of a rigid three-link suspension system, and part-time four-wheel-drive with a low-range transfer gearbox – again answering the demands of off-roaders.

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Current trends to personalisation will be encouraged by a trio of two-tone exterior finishes alongside the five single colours.

Suzuki describes the interior as ‘straightforward, down-to-earth beauty’ but the image shows the brand’s signature centre console layout topped by its standard infotainment screen with satnav and smartphone compatibility for systems such as Apple CarPlay.

So far no details have been released regarding the engines that will power the new Jimny. Industry sources suggest they will include the 1.2-litre and 1.0-litre turbo petrol units currently available in other Suzuki models, and will not include a diesel option, Suzuki having dropped all diesel form its UK range in recent months.

Suzuki launched the first Jimny in 1970 and has since sold 2.85 million around the world. The popularity of such cars, especially in countries such as India, has helped make Suzuki the eighth largest car manufacturer in the world, with 3.16 million sales in 2017.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.