Suzuki teaser - Jimny concept?Suzuki has dropped a few teasers of a new concept vehicle headed to this year's Delhi Auto Expo, and the sneaky shots may hint at a successor to the well-worn Jimny/Samurai throne. Right now, the automaker doesn't have a known replacement lined up for the pint-sized SUV.

The Samurai may have exited North America long ago, but its direct descendant, the Jimny, is still very much alive elsewhere. In fact, it has cultivated a decades-old reputation for being a tough-as-nails bruiser that's as reliable as it is capable. We think Suzuki would do well to keep the model in its portfolio in the future, and now, new reports suggest the company could lift parts from the Swift drivetrain to build a low-cost Jimny successor.

Even so, assuming the teasers indicate a concept vehicle, it would likely be some time before we saw a production model frolicking about in the light of day. Early estimates would put a next-generation Samurai on stage at the Delhi Auto Expo in two years or so. Does that mean the U.S. will see the Samurai name return to its soil? With Suzuki's floundering presence here in the states, that seems unlikely, but we would welcome a capable, low-dollar off roader to our shores any day. Head over to the Maruti Suzuki page for a closer look.


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      Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh please let the Jimny have a trim level called "Cricket."
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      With a small diesel engine and a price of $20k or less, this thing would sell like hotcakes!
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sure Jeep will be thrilled that you stole the Patriot front end. I see other elements too, it's just a mess.
        Ramiro Leonardo Pina
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Timothy Tibbetts
        You are talking about the little teaser or the Jimny that appeared eight years before the Patriot?
      MJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      It was a POS 20 years ago and it will be a POS now...kill it before it grows!
      bassrebel
      • 3 Years Ago
      sweet baby Jesus... why?
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bassrebel
        It's cheap, it's rugged, it's well suited to countries where roads are terrible, it's been around for a while so an update is needed.
      Dejan Jovanovic
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a motoring journalist and I've driven just about anything, but I own a 2009 Jimny. Totally objectively, best car I've ever driven...
        malnaemi
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dejan Jovanovic
        I had 2 before (02 then 08 with the new M13A engine) best offroad car I've had! really I never got stuck where I see some other 4x4 get stuck? little 4x4 car that will get you anywhere. slow yes, but its a real 4x4 :)
        Roshan Gomez
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dejan Jovanovic
        Are you not from one of the publications from Dubai, have read some stuff with your name. I live in Dubai and yes, agree they are fun cars.
          Dejan Jovanovic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Roshan Gomez
          Yeah Roshan, I'm at Wheels magazine in Dubai, Jimny kills in the desert but you have to take the long way around gigantic dunes, which is fine by me :)
      Matt Frawley
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like Japanese Jeep is called Suzuki Samurai . I like a word " Samurai " is meaning Japanese sword. if you watch Tom Cruise " The Last Samurai " film.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt Frawley
        Would you at least TRY to speak English a little better. Your posts and your name don't add up at all. By the way, samurai isn't Japanese for sword. Samurai is an ancient Japanese or Chinese soldier.
        S.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt Frawley
        Don't bring Tom Cruise into this conversation.
      Gnarles2
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will be ready with the keys to my trade in hand if they bring this to the US. I don't even care about the redesign. Just bring the Jimny as-is and I will buy one ASAP. I have been wanting a small, cheap and capable SUV for years and there is nothing available. I like the older Samurai's as well but it is hard to find clean ones.
        Camaroman101
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gnarles2
        that and finding parts for them is a pain. i dream of the day they bring them over
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will be a nice cheaper alternative to the Wrangler.
      harlanx6
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeep loyalists won't like it, but it is just a little more comfortable hiway legal quad. Pricing and fuel economy are the keys to it's viability. I have a Wrangler and it gets absolutely horrible fuel economy. Type your comment here
      Tagbert
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a '94 Sidekick. A little more sophisticated than the Samurai, but still simple. It would go anywhere any time and got great gas mileage. Never gave any problems and had the perfect about of room inside (5-door version).
      Sam Domett
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've just driven one for a magazine review, as well as driving several others through the years. It really does deserve a reputation for being really tough and realiable, and it's great off road (there are virtually two types of extreme off roaders in New Zealand, massive Nissan Patrols and tiny Suzuki Jimnys), but it really is a little small in size for US tastes - barely bigger than a Smart car and we all know how well those are going.
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