Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Suzuki revamps Jimny with classic look

Suzuki revamps Jimny with classic look

Additionally, a larger 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine will be seen under its hood as well, which will primarily be sold in markets outside Japan, including Europe. Instead, a brand-new naturally aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol makes an appearance.

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.

This new fourth-generation Jimny will replace a auto now 20 years into its lifespan, though it doesn't boast a modernising look. In comparison, the Jimny Sierra is bigger in all aspects, measuring 3,550 mm in length, 1,645 mm in width, and 1,730 mm height, along with a ground clearance of 210 mm. However, the overall design remains chunky, with function favoured over form, to enable users to operate controls and buttons even while wearing gloves.

The vehicle measures 3,480 mm in length, 1,645 mm in width and 1,725 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,250 mm. Suzuki hasn't revealed acceleration figures, but has said that the Jimny will reach a top speed of 90mph when fitted with the standard five-speed manual gearbox - or 87mph with the optional four-speed automatic. As measured on outgoing NEDC fuel economy and Carbon dioxide regulations, the new Jimny claims 41.5mpg with the manual box, dipping to 37.6mpg for the auto.

The ladder chassis can tackle the harshest terrain imaginable thanks to Allgrip Pro part-time 4WD with low-range transfer gear and three driving modes: 2H, 4H, and 4L. The Suzuki Jimny has been priced in a range of 14,58,000-19,06,200 JPY (Rs 9.08 lakh to Rs 11.87 lakh), whereas the Jimny Sierra has will be available at 17,60,400-20,62,800 JPY (Rs 10.94 lakh to Rs 12.82 lakh). Adding to the off-road character of the Jimny, the rear axle of the mini-SUV benefits from three-link suspension with coil springs.

Alongside off-road assistance features such as hill hold and descent control, the new Jimny also gets automatic emergency braking, six airbags, a tyre pressure monitoring system, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and high beam assist.

Inside, the new Jimny will be much safer and high tech than its geriatric predecessor.

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