Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
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New Suzuki Jimny Confirmed for Australia

New Suzuki Jimny Confirmed for Australia

If you are a fan of Maruti/Suzuki's philosophy of tackling off-road terrain - combine a lightweight, but tough chassis with a high-revving petrol engine and a simple but effective off-road drivetrain -, the Jimny should rank high on your list.

SUZUKI AUSTRALIA confirmed, last night, the arrival Down Under of the all-new Jimny.

The all-new Suzuki Jimny will run a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which replaces the old car's 1.3-litre four-pot. 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. This naturally aspirated four-cylinder K15B engine makes 75 kW and 130 N.m (up from the 63 kW and 110 N.m offered by the outgoing 1,3-litre), and will again be offered with the choice of a five-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic transmission. The insides of Suzuki Jimny get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a multi-function three-spoke steering wheel, automatic climate control, digital driver information display, among other things. Suzuki claims that it's still a functional and straightforward environment though, and that the switches are all large enough to operate while wearing gloves.

At 3,645mm from the front bumper to the spare wheel cover the new Jimny is exactly the same length as before.

Under the bonnet will be a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 100bhp and 130Nm of torque, but despite offering more displacement than the unit found in the previous model, it is 15 per cent lighter to help with fuel efficiency.

Inside, the auto comes with 377 litres of boot space - 53 litres more than in the last model - and all the materials used make it easy to maintain if it gets dirty.

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. Other safety features include six airbags, hill hold and hill descent control, tyre pressure monitoring system, and selectable four-wheel drive with low-range. It also gets three-link rigid axle suspension for off-road agility.

Full UK equipment and prices will arrive closer to the Jimny going on sale here next year.

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