Gen Suzuki Jimny And Jimny Sierra Launched In Japan

Ceria Alfonso
Julio 7, 2018

The auto features 15-inch wheels with gunmetal finish. The car's ground clearance is rated at 210 mm, while its boot space of 85 litres can be expanded to 377 litres with the rear seats folded.

Inside, there's a much more up to date influence with a modern dashboard layout. The seats themselves fold down flat with the backs coated in plastic to stop them from getting dirty or marked. While the former is exclusive to the Japanese market, Jimny Sierra will be sold in other markets, but as just "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.

The company claims that it can churn out a maximum power of 101PS and maximum torque of 130Nm. However, it's also lighter and neater packaging means it's smaller too.

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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). CO2 stands at 154g/km and 170g/km respectively. Suzuki's Allgrip Pro AWD system is offered as standard. A low range transfer box is also provided. The suspension is a rigid axle setup with coil springs both front and rear.

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. For safety, the vehicle houses Dual Sensor Brake Support (DBBS), hill hold, descent control, 6 airbags, electronic stability programme (ESP), tyre pressure monitoring system and more.

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

All the switchgear is big and chunky, specifically shaped for easy operation while wearing gloves - Suzuki obviously intends that you should take the new Jimny way outside your comfort zone, given that it boasts an approach angle of 37 degrees, a departure angle of 49 degrees and a ramp breakover angle of 28 degrees, thanks to 210mm of ground clearance, and a turning circle of less than 10 metres.

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