A few weeks ago someone at Suzuki Global posted official images of the brand new Suzuki Jimny on the company’s website, days ahead of its launch date. You can read our initial story by clicking here.
Since that date, the Jimny had its worldwide unveiling and Suzuki has clarified all info relating to the new model.
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Part of the Jimny’s appeal has always been its diminutive dimensions. The new model does not grow too much. The wheelbase remains unchanged at 2 250 mm while overall length grows to 3 480 mm. Like its predecessor the new model is a lightweight, tipping the scales at quoted 1,1 tons.
Judging by the images the new Jimny looks like a far more luxurious and modern prospect when compared to its forebear. A colour infotainment interface resides high on the facia. Most major buttons seem large and robust. There are even remote controls on the steering wheel.
As we mentioned in our earlier story the new Jimny is underpinned by a ladder frame chassis with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, part-time four-wheel drive with low range and rigid axle suspension. For the first time, traction control is also included.
Ground clearance is an excellent 210 mm. Approach and departure angles are 37 and 49 degrees, respectively. Watch a video of the new model in action off-road here and there’s another at the bottom of this page.
Powering the all-new Jimny is a newly developed 1,5-litre petrol engine. The naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, internally dubbed K15B produces 75 kW and 130 N.m. Emphasis was placed on moving peak torque lower in the rev range to make the Jimny easier to drive daily and more formidable when driving off-road.
This engine can be mated with a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic transmission. Disc brakes are employed on the front wheels while the rear axle makes do with drums.
Suzuki Auto SA told Double Apex earlier today that it will be launching the new Jimny in the last week of October 2018.