New Suzuki Jimny Revealed

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The launch of the latest-generation Suzuki Jimny marks the return of a 4x4 icon. A direct descendant of the legendary SJ410 and Samurai mini-4x4s, the  new Suzuki Jimny retains the astonishing all-terrain capability and nimble reactions of the original.

New Suzuki Jimny - Features

At the same time, the new Suzuki Jimny adds fresh, contemporary styling, an advanced, more powerful 1,3-litre engine and a comprehensively upgraded interior to the formula.

Core features such as the rigid front and rear axles, coil spring suspension, 4x4 drivetrain with transfer case and robust box-section chassis have been retained, but further refined and improved for this application.

“The Suzuki Jimny has played a pivotal part in the history of the Suzuki brand,” says Kazuyuki Yamashita, Managing Director of Suzuki Auto SA.

“In South Africa, the SJ-series SUVs, and the Samurai, established a loyal following for Suzuki which endures to this day, and it is therefore only fitting that we introduce the latest, and vastly improved, iteration of those vehicles to this market.”

The new Suzuki Jimny’s front-end treatment is strong and distinctive, representing a modern interpretation of the original SJ’s frontal design.

An integrated bumper is home to round fog lamps, while colour-coded side body protection panels add visual muscle. Pronounced wheel arches provide a home to the 15-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, the spare wheel remains conveniently attached to the side-opening tailgate.

Engine Performance

The 1,3-litre engine is a latest-generation, high-efficiency powerplant with variable valve timing, fuel injection and 16 valves.

Maximum power comes to 63 kW at 6 000 rpm, with the torque peak of 110 Nm available at 4 100 rpm. Variable valve timing optimises torque delivery at low revs, allowing much of the torque peak to come on stream from as low as 2 500 rpm. The combined-cycle fuel consumption figure is a frugal 7,2 litres/100 km.

The engine’s urge is delivered to a five-speed manual gearbox linked to a low-range transfer case. It allows push-button selection of rear-wheel drive, high-range four-wheel drive, or low-range four-wheel drive.

Handling ans Suspension

The tough full box-section chassis is home to rigid axles front and rear, long-travel coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers that provide a comfortable ride in on-road conditions. Power steering is standard, while a 9,8 m turning circle contributes to the Jimny’s wieldy nature.

The braking system links front discs to rear, self-adjusting drums. ABS anti-lock control is standard.

The Jimny's kerb mass remains a humble 1 070 kg, which translates into a power-to-weight ratio of 58,8 kW/ton. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 14,1 seconds, while the rated top speed is 140 km/h.

Off-road Capability

But the new Suzuki Jimny really shines when heading off the beaten track. Measuring only 3 645 mm long, 1 600 mm wide and 1 705 mm tall, the Suzuki is every bit as nimble and agile as it looks, while the 190 mm ground clearance aids overall traversability.

The Suzuki’s approach angle is a very impressive 37 degrees, while the departure angle comes to an even more remarkable 46 degrees. The ramp breakover angle is 31 degrees. Together, they allow a degree of all-terrain talent unrivalled at this price point.

Interior Features

Much effort has gone into providing the new Suzuki Jimny with a comfortable, well-equipped and stylish interior. It features new front and rear seats, revised steering wheel and a redesigned dashboard with clear instruments and well laid out switchgear.

The standard equipment list is comprehensive, providing further proof of the Jimny’s evolution into a versatile all-terrainer with as much on-road appeal as off-road suss. Convenience items include electric windows, power steering, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, central locking, air-conditioning, two front and two rear cupholders, and height adjustment for the driver’s seat.

The reclining rear bench seat backrest is split 50:50 and can be folded flat to increase the luggage compartment’s capacity.

Safety Features

The new Suzuki Jimny sets high safety and security standards. Front SRS airbags, inertia reel seatbelts, and progressive front and rear crumple zones are standard, as are side impact protection beams in the doors, and the ABS-equipped braking system.

The new Suzuki Jimny is supported by Suzuki’s comprehensive Suzuki Complete package, which combines a three-year/100 000 km warranty, a four-year/60 000 km service plan, and a three-year AA roadside assistance package for extended peace of mind.

A Netstar Early Warning tracking system comes pre-installed, and can be activated at additional cost. In addition, Suzuki Jimny purchasers also receive a free 4x4 driver training package.

New Suzuki Jimny - Price

The new Suzuki Jimny 1.3 Manual retails for R149 900 and goes on sale through Suzuki Auto SA’s national network of 19 dealers from September 2008.