Suzuki reveals European specs of new Jimny

  • Suzuki reveals European specs of new Jimny

Suzuki reveals European specs of new Jimny

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. It's still based on a ladder frame chassis with a separate low-range gearbox.

Conforming to the Kei vehicle norms of Japan, the country-exclusive Jimny houses a 0.7-litre, three-cylinder 658cc petrol engine, producing 64PS of max power and 96Nm of max torque. 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 hasn't quoted any performance figures - but then the Jimny has never been about acceleration or top speed; it's about taking you to places very few other standard off-roaders can go, in more comfort than you'd expect, and bringing you safely home again.

The four-wheel drive system in the Jimny can be switched between two-wheel and four-wheel drive alongside the low range transfer gear that offers more torque to aid with traction on slopes. Adding to the off-road character of the Jimny, the rear axle of the mini-SUV benefits from three-link suspension with coil springs.

Suzuki claims the Jimny can drive up inclines with a 37deg approach angle and a 49deg departure angle. It offers a ground clearance of 200 mm.

Local pricing is yet to be confirmed at this stage, but the all-new Jimny will touchdown on Australian shores in the final quarter of 2018, with sales to commence in early 2019. Much of the design appears similar to that applied to the latest Mercedes-Benz G-class, such as the squared-off wheel arches and tail-lights located low on the bumper. It measures 3,395 mm in length, 1,475 mm in width and up to 1,715 mm in height. The auto features 15-inch wheels with gunmetal finish. However, the overall design remains chunky, with function favoured over form, to enable users to operate controls and buttons even while wearing gloves.

Boot space in the new Jimny starts at 85 litres with the rear seats in use and expands to 377-litres (53 litres more than the old car) when the rear seats are folded. On the front of safety features, the new Jimny gets forward braking assist, six airbags, lane departure warning, weaving alert, ESP and ABS.