Suzuki details all-new, SA-bound Jimny mini-4x4

Adjust Comment Print

We had a bit of a peek at the new Jimny a few weeks ago, but now Suzuki has delivered more detail ahead of the new Jimny arriving in the United Kingdom in 2019.

Suzuki has confirmed that the all-new Suzuki Jimny will be sold in Australia.

Replacing the 1.3-liter that we've found underpowered in our test drive of the previous generation, the 1.5-liter in the all-new Jimny delivers "ample torque at low revolutions". While cars will arrive in Australia towards the end of this year they won't make it into dealerships until early next year (2019).

More news: Hamilton dedicates record pole to home fans at Silverstone

This new fourth-generation Jimny will replace a auto now 20 years into its lifespan, though it doesn't boast a modernising look. It offers a ground clearance of 200 mm.

At 3,645mm from the front bumper to the spare wheel cover the new Jimny is exactly the same length as before.

Suzuki says the interior has been designed with function and form with all controls usable while wearing gloves. It is therefore powered by a turbocharged 0.7-litre (658cc), 3-cylinder, petrol engine developing 64PS of power and 96Nm of torque paired to either a 5-speed MT or a 4-speed AT.

More news: Croatia ends Russia's run, advances to World Cup semifinals

Suzuki has also squashed at least one of the rumours that have been buzzing around the cybergarage by specifying only one engine choice for the global market outside Japan - a 1462cc, naturally-aspirated DOHC 16-valve long-stroke petrol four rated for 75kW at 6000 revs and 130Nm at 4000rpm - an nearly 20 percent improvement on the 1.3-litre current model's 63kW and 110Nm.

With the rear seats in place the new Jimny boasts 85 litres of bootspace, though this expands to 377 litres with the rear bench folded flat - 53 litres larger than before, and totally flat too.

Economy figures are pegged at 41.5mpg and 37.6mpg for the manual and automatic respectively, with Carbon dioxide figures of 154g/km and 170g/km. The drivetrain can be configured three ways - 2H driving the Jimny's front wheels, 4H activating the four-wheel-drive system, and 4L activating the low range transfer gear for the harshest off-road conditions. Like its predecessor, the new Jimny is built on a ladder-frame chassis, but it now has additional crossmembers to increase rigidity. For safety, the vehicle houses Dual Sensor Brake Support (DBBS), hill hold, descent control, 6 airbags, electronic stability programme (ESP), tyre pressure monitoring system and more.

More news: Over 100 'chimneys' drilled into mountain in bid to reach trapped boys