Although Suzuki published official photos of the Jimny SUV last month, only now the first details about the new car have become known, in particular, about the European version of one of the brand’s most famous model.
Having developed a new-generation Jimny, Suzuki did not change its design. Like the Mercedes G-Class, it remained square-angular, and this is logical. The Jimny’s success is not least caused by its simple exterior.
There are some changes in design, of course, but they are evolutionary. The principles are the same: large windows and narrow racks maximize visibility, a spare wheel does not conceal the interior space and is located outside the rear door, the geometry is designed with a view to good cross.
The new Jimny remained of the same length as its predecessor – 3,645 mm. However, the SUV became a bit wider (now – 1,645 mm), and 20 mm higher (1,725 mm). The ground clearance is 210 mm.
The cabin seems to be somewhat ascetic, but the equipment includes a 7-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and smartphone integration services.
Along with the help functions for driving on rough terrain, such as hill descent control, the new Jimny received an automatic emergency braking, six airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, a road sign detection, a lane departure warning and an automatic high beam on/off.
Suzuki claims that all the switches in the cabin are specially made large enough so that they can easily be worked with in gloves.
Only one engine is confirmed for the European market. This is a new aspirated 1.5-liter 102-hp K15B with 4 cylinders and 130 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm.
A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, a 4-speed automatic gearbox is offered as an option. The fuel consumption in the first case is 6.8 liters per 100 km, in the second – 7.7 liters. The emission of carbon dioxide is 154 and 170 g/km. The studies were carried out using the new NEDC methodology, which provides real data.
Jimny remained framed. The Allgrip Pro all-wheel drive system is standard. The automaker claims the new car can boast the best “road manners”. This is about a more rigid frame structure, as well as a new shock absorber, which is aimed at minimizing shocks and vibration through the steering wheel.
The Suzuki Jimny has been produced for two decades. The presented version is the fourth generation of the model.
The exact date of the start of sales in Europe has not been announced yet, but it should arrive to dealers still in 2018. The price is expected to start from €14,000-15,000, so it will remain one of the most affordable in its class.