European spec for new Suzuki Jimny revealed

Joanna Estrada
July 8, 2018

The new Suzuki Jimny is on its way to South Africa, with a local launch pencilled in for November 2018.

While it has a ladder-frame chassic, Suzuki says it has worked on the new Jimny's on-road handling with a new steering damper on the front suspension, created to minimise steering wheel vibration. While the former is exclusive to the Japanese market, Jimny Sierra will be sold in other markets, but as just "Jimny". The new model rides 20mm higher on 15-inch alloy wheels, but the overall length has reduced slightly to 3,480mm. Ground clearance is 210mm. Both the models get the same wheelbase of 2,250 mm. There's a tall, boxy bodyshape with a clamshell bonnet and seven-slot front grille, while the retro round headlights and tailgate-mounted spare wheel are as practical as they are charming.

In 1998, the third-generation Jimny came on the market and it was created to look more suitable in urban settings, so it featured the roundishness that has proved popular in automobiles in recent years.

Codenamed K15B, the new engine looks to be concentrated on rugged simplicity rather than impressive performance. The centre aircon vents are similar to the ones seen in the Ignis, while the automatic climate control, steering and few other bits have been carried over from the new Swift.

On the safety front there will be dual front, side and curtain airbags along with electronic stability control. The 1,462-cc lump develops 102 PS (100 horsepower) at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm (96 pound-feet) of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Replacing the 1.3-liter that we've found underpowered in our test drive of the previous generation, the 1.5-liter in the all-new Jimny delivers "ample torque at low revolutions". Suzuki will be exporting only the latter to the export markets and it's the same motor that is also set to power the Indonesia-spec new-gen Suzuki Ertiga.

Transmission choices will include a four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual for the 1.5 petrol. Suzuki has recently stopped selling diesel-powered cars in the European market, which means the Jimny is also expected to be sold with only the petrol engine option mentioned above. Suzuki's Allgrip Pro AWD system is offered as standard.

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