THE FIRST official pics of the hotly anticipated Jimny surfaced recently on Suzukií global website. The handful of select pics reveal the new Jimny, with its black grille and headlight surrounds, harks back to older iterations of the classic compact off-roader, namely the SJ generation.

An image of the bare chassis sent social media pages into a frenzy, as it indicated the new Jimny will remain on a ladder-frame chassis, with a longitudinal engine and gearbox and live axles front and rear. What will power the Jimny on local soil is still unknown at this stage; either a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre four-cylinder and/or Suzukií 82kW/160Nm 1.0-litre turbo triple is most likely.

Speaking to sister publication Wheels magazine earlier this year, Suzuki Australia general manager Michael Pachota said the all-new compact off-roader would be available in two specifications: a stripped down version for the purists, and an upmarket, urban-dwelling version for city streets.

Pricing is expected to fall around the $20K-25K mark for the entry-level 2019 model although Australian delivery remains unconfirmed.