Suzuki Samurai successor revealed, but don't get too excited

Sales of the Suzuki Samurai may have ended in the United States in 1995, but it’s been living in exile under a different name ever since.

Known as the Jimny in most markets, the very small SUV is a mainstay in Asia and many emerging markets, and remains a common sight in Caribbean rental car fleets.

jimny

 (Suzuki)

Last updated in 1998, an all-new Jimny has finally been revealed, but it stays true to the original’s back to basics style.

jimny

 (Suzuki)

Unlike most subcompact utilities, the Jimny features body-on-frame construction and rides on solid front and rear axles, just like a Jeep Wrangler. It also features a 4x4 system with a two-speed transfer case. Three and four-cylinder engines are being offered with a choice of five-speed manual and four-speed manual transmissions, while a high tech automatic emergency braking system is available.

jimny

 (Suzuki)

The interior features a utilitarian, but design with seating for four and a large infotainment system display on top of the dashboard. Plans for a convertible version have not been revealed.

Unfortunately for American off-roaders looking for something smaller than a Wrangler, Suzuki stopped selling vehicles in the U.S. and Canada in 2013 and isn’t planning to come back anytime soon.

At least the Caribbean isn’t too far away.

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com's Automotive Editor.