The next-generation Suzuki Jimny debut has become a real event in the automotive world this year. Very soon this small SUV will enter the European market, but now experts have discovered the first problem with the Jimny. How serious is it?
During test rides on the new Suzuki Jimny, Autocar journalists found that an e-stability system showed disturbing behavior on the road under certain circumstances.
In more detail, under certain turning conditions, the ESP Jimny system brakes a separate front wheel, as if to eliminate a skid that actually does not arise. As a result, the car swings from side to side, as the front wheel spring with a brake shrinks and expands under the impulse effect of ESP. This condition can also affect one of the rear wheels.
Chief Engineer of Jimny project Hiroyuki Yonezawa acknowledged the problem as soon as it was demonstrated on two different test cars.
Suzuki assures that this behavior has not previously been recorded at any stage of the preparation of the SUV.
However, after receiving a warning, the company immediately sent engineers to investigate. They were able to reproduce the behavior on the track, but could not repeat it on a test bench in Japan.
Suzuki announced that continuous activation of the stability control system occurred, with a certain condition of the road, its angle of inclination, and slope.
The automaker admitted that the intervention of the electronic system was able to cause a certain sense of discomfort to the driver, but this is not the event that could disrupt the direction of the vehicle.
Suzuki promises to conduct further analysis of the problems and will carefully consider how to set up the program while maintaining the balance of the Jimny’s performance.