Following on from last month’s exciting images and specs of a new generation Suzuki Jimny that sticks to its off-road heritage, the company’s Australian arm has confirmed the diminutive 4x4 will be arriving here at year’s end and will be on sale in January.
“The Jimny is synonymous with the Suzuki brand, and to have an all-new model on its way is something worth talking about,” said Michael Pachota, Suzuki Australia General Manager. “The Australian landscape will be a true test for the iconic 4WD and I have no doubt it will rise to the challenge.”
The boxy fourth generation Jimny retains its ladder-frame chassis, live front and rear axles and dual-range transmission (activated by a proper lever no less!), but has been modernised with improved safety and specification.
The chassis has been stiffened for improved dynamics, and tech such as dual front, side and curtain airbags, dual sensor brake support, and Electronic Stability Control, have all been added. There’s even a large multimedia screen in the dash, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android auto.
The powertrain has been confirmed to be a 1.5-litre (up from 1.3L) petrol four-cylinder engine, backed by either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission with part-time 4x4 and the aforementioned dual-range transfer case.
“I am very excited and highly anticipating the return of this legendary off-road compact SUV, in its all-new guise, to complement our already strong line-up of Suzuki vehicles in Australia.” said Mr. Pachota.
The Jimny and Sierra predecessors are off-road icons and a new model has been highly anticipated. Their light weight and nimble maneuverability has seen them reach places that challenge many bigger and more powerful off-road vehicles.
4x4 History: Suzuki
Chief Engineer for the next generation Jimny, Mr. Hiroyuki Yonezawa, said of the new vehicle: “The Jimny has been loved by customers around the world for nearly 50 years since its launch in 1970. It became an indispensable part of customer's work, life and outdoor activities with its excellent off-road performance and high maneuverability.”