The New Suzuki Jimny Sierra Will Ride A Ladder-Frame Platform

Jan 31, 2017 10:14 AM EST | Andrew Davis

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Suzuki has recently confirmed that the 4th generation and successor to the iconic Suzuki Jimny Sierra will be based on a ladder-frame platform. The new model will retain the much famed off-road ability and toughness.

CarAdvice reports that Takanori Suzuki, Suzuki GM for the Latin America and Oceania Division, assured that Suzuki would not be "Softening up" the much-loved predecessor. "One thing for sure is, we will keep as a concept, the Jimny a ladder frame, (is a) real off-roader, has a reduction gear," Takanori Suzuki said.

By still utilizing the ladder-frame platform, the company would retain the robustness as well as the go-anywhere characteristic of the Jimny Sierra. Further, off-road suspension and reduction gearing are expected for the new Suzuki Jimny Sierra.

Reportedly, the new Suzuki Jimny Sierra will be equipped with Suzuki's AllGrip Pro AWD system. This same system is housed in the Suzuki Ignis. But this new model could get a more advanced hardware as the current Jimny model already comes with this system. This could indicate that the AllGrip Pro AWD system would be optimized for a more hardcore off-roading experience.

Also, the new Suzuki Jimny Sierra could come in either a 0.66-liter turbocharged, a 1.0-liter turbocharged, or a 1.2-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine. This would mostly depend on which market the vehicle will be sold. These engines will be matched with either a 5-speed manual or a brand new automatic gearbox.

According to Suzuki, Jimny Sierra has cemented its reputation for being tougher compared with the terrain that it traverses, since 1970. And while the new Suzuki Jimny Sierra could possibly be in its advanced stage, it will still retain the company's signature angular and boxy style.

The new Suzuki Jimny Sierra production concept could make its official debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show to commemorate the 4x4's 20th anniversary. This new model would replace the current Jimny Sierra that is priced at $20,990.

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