We like the new Suzuki Jimny and apparently we are not the only ones; demand for the tiny new off-roader has been reportedly staggering, leaving Suzuki with a very pleasant problem to deal with.
The new generation of the Jimny has already attracted 4,500 people to sign up as “interested” on Suzuki’s UK website according to Autocar. That’s 150 percent of the previous Jimny’s best annual volume there.
The problem however for Suzuki UK is that demand in Japan has also been “staggering”, meaning that the number of cars they can offer to customers will be limited. Suzuki UK’s boss Dale Wyatt estimates 1,100 cars in the first year, followed by 2,000 per year thereafter.
The new Suzuki Jimny remains faithful to the simplistic nature of its predecessors: a robust ladder frame chassis is still present, along with a pair of rigid axles and a low-range transfer case. This means that that the new Jimny is not going to win a handling competition anytime soon, but it will leave much more expensive SUVs trailing behind when going off road.
Customers in Europe will be offered a single engine choice, in the form of a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol with 100hp and 95.8lb-ft (130Nm) of torque. A manual five-speed gearbox is standard while a four-speed automatic is available in the options list.