The new Jimny has finally arrived in Europe, continuing the long tradition of the Japanese compact off-roader.
Suzuki wanted the Jimny to retain its rugged character, which translates into the all-new model still using a robust ladder-frame chassis, a pair of rigid axles and a low-range transfer case.
Combined with its tiny footprint, the new Jimny offers an approach angle of 37 degrees, a ramp breakover angle of 28 degrees and a departure angle of 49 degrees. The part-time 4WD system can switch from rear- to four-wheel drive through the classic lever sitting between the front seats.
Customers will be offered a single engine option, a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol unit that has smaller overall dimensions than the previous model’s 1.3-liter and is also 15 percent lighter. The power figures are 100hp and 95.8 lb-ft (130Nm), with the engine either paired to the standard five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic transmission.
Performance is politely described as adequate, with the Suzuki Jimny able to reach a top speed of 87mph (145km/h) when fitted with the manual ‘box. CO2 emissions are rated at 178g/km on the WLTC and 154g/km on the NEDC testing cycles.
Then again, the numbers never really did justice to the Jimny; the tiny Japanese off-roader has managed to create a cult following that simply love its go-anywhere attitude despite its obvious shortcomings.
hatchback on stilts subcompact soft roader that excels on the tarmac but isn’t that happy to veer of the beaten path, the Jimny most certainly is not. Carwow got its hands on one, and delivers their first driving impressions in the video that follows.