The first generation Jimny was revised several times during its 11 year production, with the final iteration making its debut as the SJ20 in 1977. This 770kg model had a new 797cc 4-stroke engine capable of 41bhp and was retired in 1981 to make way for the second generation Jimny.
In 2007, Chilean duo Gonzalo Bravo and Eduardo Canales drove their second generation Suzuki Jimny up Ojos del Salado, reaching a final altitude of 6,688 meters (21,942ft)! The previous record was held by a Jeep Wrangler, and the pair brought home a sign left by the Jeep team which read "Jeep Parking Only: All others don't make it up here anyway."
So after an incredible 20 years on sale, we say farewell to the third generation Jimny as it steps aside to make way for the fourth generation model. And this is what we know so far.
FOURTH GENERATION (DUE LATE 2018)
Suzuki have unveiled some of the details of the new, fourth generation Suzuki Jimny - but they're keeping tight-lipped on specification and features of the new model. So what do we know so far?
A number of official images have been released showing the rugged, new exterior and an impressive array of colour choices from 2-tone "Kinetic Yellow" and "Chiffon Ivory" to single-tone "Jungle Green".
SO, WHEN CAN I BUY ONE?
There's been no official release date for the 2019 Jimny yet, but we expect it to be officially unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. Current speculation is that the new model may go on sale at the end of the year, but at the moment it is too early to say.
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