Take a look at what you can expect from the new Suzuki Jimny which is due to arrive in South Africa in November 2018.Testdrive New Jimny Now!
The Suzuki Jimny has been around in its current form for a long, long time and it hasn’t changed significantly since its introduction in 1998 (3rd generation Jimny). An all-new Jimny was revealed earlier this year and Suzuki South Africa has confirmed that it will go on sale in South Africa in November 2018.
Furthermore, the Jimny is expected to be powered by an all-new 1.5-litre petrol engine, known internally as the K15B, offering 75 kW and 130 Nm of torque and mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. This lighter engine with a higher compression ratio helps to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 14% according to Suzuki. This engine is likely to appear in other new Suzuki models too.
The new model looks good, much like a miniature Land Rover Defender or Merc G-Wagon, with its block-like design and ‘Postman Pat’ shape. It’s nice to see that Suzuki hasn’t softened the Jimny in any way as many an off-roader will attest to its ability to bounce over just about any obstacle in front of it.
The new Jimny is actually 45 mm wider but 50 mm shorter in length while the wheelbase of 2 250 mm has remained unchanged. The front and rear tracks have been increased by 40 mm. The Jimny’s approach angle has improved from 35 degrees to 37 degrees while the breakover angle has increased from 27 degrees to 28 degrees. Lastly, the departure angle has improved significantly from 46 degrees to 49 degrees.
The Jimny will run on a ladder frame chassis with a 3-link rigid axle suspension setup and AllGrip Pro 4x4 system which will allow the driver to easily switch between 4x2, 4x4 high and 4x4 low range with a secondary gear lever. The system will be backed up by vehicle stability control (ESC) and a new brake-enabled Limited Slip Differential.
The Jimny has good ground clearance at 210 mm which is a 20 mm improvement over the outgoing Jimny. Other useful features such as Hill Hold Control, Hill Descent Control and Brake LSD Traction Control will prove to be invaluable in offroad situations.
The new Jimny will be offered in GA and GLX specification and Suzuki has modernised the interior substantially. The front seats are now 55 mm longer than before with wider cushion frames. The front seats can now also slide up to 240 mm to accommodate taller drivers. Front passengers are afforded 30 mm more legroom while rear passengers will appreciate an extra 40 mm. The good news is that a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system will be offered on the top-spec Jimny GLX and it will offer Mirror Link as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
All Jimnys will be equipped with a full-size spare wheel, ABS, brake assist, electronic stability control, Isofix child seat anchors and dual front airbags. GLX specification will be offered with a manual or automatic gearbox and other interior features will include a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, electric windows, colour-coded mirrors and door handles, 15-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, front fog lights and remote keyless access. GLX derivatives will also benefit from 50:50 split rear seats with the load bay covered in a durable moulded plastic with tie-down hooks.
Overall, the Jimny looks like a cool off-roader that won't break the bank - in true Suzuki style.