Suzuki Jimny Launched In Japan, And The Want Is High!

Judy Cobb
July 8, 2018

Hamamatsu, Japan - Suzuki's new Jimny has officially broken cover after months of speculation and semi-official leaks, with the confirmation from Suzuki Auto SA that yes, it will be released in South Africa in the fourth quarter of 2018.

While it has a ladder-frame chassic, Suzuki says it has worked on the new Jimny's on-road handling with a new steering damper on the front suspension, created to minimise steering wheel vibration.

In terms of dimension, the Suzuki Jimny measures 3,395 mm in length, 1,475 mm in width, and 1,725 in height, while offering a ground clearance of 205 mm. Featuring a design for the 21st century, it comes in two versions in the company's home market once again: Jimny and Jimny Sierra. Both the models get the same wheelbase of 2,250 mm. Instead, Suzuki has kept the Jimny's design distinctively retro, with a tall boxy shape, flat clamshell bonnet, wide front grille and round headlights.

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In 1998, the third-generation Jimny came on the market and it was created to look more suitable in urban settings, so it featured the roundishness that has proved popular in automobiles in recent years. If you are a fan of Maruti/Suzuki's philosophy of tackling off-road terrain - combine a lightweight, but tough chassis with a high-revving petrol engine and a simple but effective off-road drivetrain -, the Jimny should rank high on your list. Other technological advances include hill descent control and hill hold, along with stability control and side and curtain airbags.

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".

Powering the new Suzuki Jimny will be a 658 cc, 3-cylinder, petrol engine that offers a maximum of 64 bhp and develops a peak torque of 96 Nm. The model, as reported earlier, will be sold with a 660cc petrol motor for the Japanese domestic market. While no United Kingdom specifics have been finalised yet, Suzuki has revealed that it will have an improved five-speed manual gearbox alongside a four-speed automatic. Suzuki confirms a 0.66-litre R06A turbo three-cylinder will also be offered, but not in Australia.

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