Suzuki could be bringing the iconic Jimny back as a larger five door model, this time as a hybrid. Suzuki sadly pulled the small 4×4 from sale in the UK back in 2020 due to stricter emissions requirements for fleets. The Jimny was having a bad effect on Suzuki’s fleet average CO2 emissions, so it was removed from sale even though it has remained available in other countries.
However, Suzuki did bring it back for a short period of time in 2021 as a commercial vehicle with two seats, due to the less strict emission rules for that class of vehicle.
Now, in 2022 Suzuki might be bringing the Jimny back once more, this time with a hybrid system in place. Suzuki has been spotted testing a larger version of the car, with five doors and a larger wheelbase. Here in the UK and Europe, Suzuki has already transitioned to a full hybrid lineup, so the only way the company would bring the Jimny back is with a hybrid system.
The Jimny Hybrid would have to leverage an existing engine that the company is using elsewhere. Suzuki uses a 1.4-litre turbo petrol mild hybrid in the Vitara which makes 127bhp. There is also a 1.5-litre full hybrid unit, with 113bhp. When the Jimny was on sale, it was offered with a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, with just 100bhp. It was not the best for emissions, outputting 154g/km of CO2.
We shall see if Suzuki decide to bring the Jimny back and if it makes its way to the UK again. For all the latest, stay tuned to the interface.