The next-generation Suzuki Jimny, or Jimny Sierra as it's currently known in Australia, won't deviate far from model's history of being small, cheap and off-road capable.
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Dale Wyatt, sales director at Suzuki UK, has told Top Gear: "The next Jimny will be an evolution. It will follow the same recipe. When you see it you'll know it's a Jimny."

This means that the next Jimny will retain its off-roading capabilities, small stature and low price.

Whereas more modern off-road vehicles feature assistance features, such as hill descent control, terrain management and hill-start assist, to help drivers pilot their vehicles off the beaten path, the current Jimny (below) leaves it all up to the driver. The new Jimny, however, is expected to feature some basic off-roading aids.

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With the Japanese automaker only recently ramping up its research and development efforts, the British publication believes that the next-generation Jimny will debut at a major motor show during 2016 prior to hitting showrooms across the globe in 2017.

The current generation Jimny first debuted in 1998 and recently went back on sale in Australia, after a one-year hiatus, thanks to the addition of electronic stability control to the features list. The last major facelift for the current vehicle took place in late 2012.

Last week we reported that Suzuki would push into new market segments with around six new models over the next three years. Confirmed new models include the Celerio, Vitara, and a rival for the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3.