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Suzuki Jimny: Still ploughing a Jimny furrow

08 July 2018

SUZUKI AUSTRALIA confirmed, last night, the arrival Down Under of the all-new Jimny. The Suzuki Jimny Sierra, on the other hand, will get the new 1.5-litre K15B four-cylinder petrol engine that is capable of churning out over 100 bhp and develop a peak torque of 130 Nm. For the design language, Suzuki has gone back to the boxy look from the first and second generation Jimny, instead of the curvier third generation iteration.

It's also now expected to arrive in the United Kingdom in 2019, earlier than previously thought.

The Jimny's interior, meanwhile, gains modern features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth. The new model rides 20mm higher on 15-inch alloy wheels, but the overall length has reduced slightly to 3,480mm. However, the overall design remains chunky, with function favoured over form, to enable users to operate controls and buttons even while wearing gloves.

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Two folding rear seats allow for up to 377 litres of luggage space, which is 53 litres more than in the old Jimny.

It has, however, retained one special feature that has earned it an nearly cult-like following the world over; the extra grunt gets channeled via your choice of either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, and an old-school manual transfer case to either the rear wheels (2H) or all four (4H/4L) as the terrain demands, with automatic individual braking of any wheel that tries to break free (AllGrip Pro). The Jimny Sierra, meanwhile, is powered by a 1.5-litre (1460cc), 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine developing 102PS of maximum power and 130Nm of peak torque paired to a 5-speed MT or a 4-speed AT.

Economy figures are pegged at 41.5mpg and 37.6mpg for the manual and automatic respectively, with Carbon dioxide figures of 154g/km and 170g/km.

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The ladder chassis can tackle the harshest terrain imaginable thanks to Allgrip Pro part-time 4WD with low-range transfer gear and three driving modes: 2H, 4H, and 4L.

That all works well off-road, but Suzuki promise the new Jimny will be more forgiving on road with the more rigid ladder frame and steering damper.

Coming to safety features, the auto gets front and side airbags, a seat belt reminder system for all occupants, radar-based collision assistant, high beam assist, lane departure assist and traffic sign recognition among others.

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Inside, the new Jimny will be much safer and high tech than its geriatric predecessor.

Suzuki Jimny: Still ploughing a Jimny furrow