Driven: New-gen Suzuki Jimny

2019 suzuki jimny

The sturdy Suzuki Jimny has been around for over four decades since the launch of its first generation in 1970, some 2.8 million have been sold world wide.  

Now the fourth generation evolves again in an updated version, still following the basic concept of “the one and only small, lightweight 4WD vehicle”, with added features and functionality.

The new Suzuki Jimny is based on the same robust ladder frame, fitted with part-timer 4WD transfer gear and 3-link rigid axle suspension with coil springs.

The ground clearance has been extended to 210mm, allowing it to tackle almost all challenging terrain. It is 30mm shorter, 45mm higher and 20mm higher than the previous model, adding to its off-road capability.

Taking its through its paces at the Melbourne 4×4 Training Ground at the launch, it not only tackled every challenge, but one could say, defied gravity as it headed up and down almost impossible slopes.

The interior has been redesigned, with improved seating, updated instruments and ugraded seating, while the suspension has also been redesigned to add to its handling and driver comfort.

Under the bonnet the new 1.5 lt fuel efficient engine delivers a generous amount of power, which should suit most driver’s requirements. While it is designed for rough and rugged off-road driving, it is also a creditable car on the bitumen and around the suburbs.

With an eye on its main area of performance, black wheel arches, bumpers are standard in order to reduce the incidents of paint scratches when tackeling gravel roads.

Other standard items include traction control,  lane departure indication, SAT-NAV, a good sound system and climate control, Dual Sensor Brake Support, High Beam Assist and LED lights, hill descent, cruise control, Bluetooth ,and many other features that have become “the must have” in the car of today.

Safety with six airbags and other feaures is also a major item for the Jimny, however the model has qualified for just a three-star ANCAP safety rating.

There are two options, a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

All up the new Suzuki Jimny is a well designed and put together unit for those who are serious off-roaders, and also provides good transport around the city.

NUTS & BOLTS

  • Engine: 1.5 lt petrol producing 75kW and 130Nm
  • Transmission: five-speed manual, four-speed auto
  • Brakes: front discs, rear drums
  • Dimensions; length 3645mm, width 1645mm height 1725mm, ground clearance 210mm,
  • Suspension: front & rear 3-link rigid axle with coil springs
  • Economy: 6.4 lt/100km
  • Price: $23,990 manual, $25,990 auto
  • Warranty: 5/Year

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