The Suzuki Jimny is a three-generation mini SUV and Kei car produced by Suzuki since 1968.The Jimny is one of Suzuki’s most successful vehicles to date, cementing the company’s position in auto manufacturing history. The car comes in 2-door off-roader or 2-door convertible body style. It succeeded the HopeStar ON360, Hope Motor Company’s off-roader before the company was bought by Suzuki.
The first Jimny, the LJ10, was very much similar to the ON360 with the exception of the Suzuki FB engine. The LJ10 streamlined the onset of kei cars into the auto world. An updated version, the LJ20 was released in 1972.The SJ10 was Suzuki’s reply to the growing demands and rules for kei car production, followed closely by the improved SJ20.
By 1981, the second generation rolled out. The body was made wider to cater to international tastes. Local versions were created during the second generation, including India’s Maruti Gypsy, the Samurai SJ413 in North America, the Suzuki Sierra of Australia, and the Chevrolet Samurai or Suzuki Samurai in South American markets.
The third generation was unveiled at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show. The modern interior and exterior upgrades are a vast improvement of its previous generations. The Jimny is available in Hard Top and Canvas Top versions.