Is The 2019 Suzuki Jimny Tough Enough To Follow Toyota’s Land Cruiser Off-Road?

After almost 20 years, Suzuki has finally replaced the first-gen Jimny with an all-new model.

Instead of adhering to current market trend that want SUVs being focused on tarmac instead of off-roading, Suzuki kept the Jimny as close as possible to the original recipe, meaning a ladder frame chassis, solid axles and a tiny footprint.

This makes the new Jimny not only one of the most off road-capable SUVs in the market today, but also the most affordable one.

Power comes from a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 100hp and 95.8 lb-ft (130Nm) of torque. It may not sound that much, but the engine apparently gets the job done, especially in off-road conditions along with the standard low range transfer case. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, while a four-speed automatic is an option.

Perhaps the bigger concern for off-road fans is the absence of locking differentials; Suzuki has instead equipped the new Jimny with a torque-vectoring system that applies the brakes on the free-spinning wheel in order to shift torque across the axle.

So, the new Jimny is quite capable, but can it follow a Toyota Land Cruiser (in its rather tasty three-door, barebones, manual version) on a demanding off-road course? Autocar finds out in the video that follows.


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  • Anton Yuri Calderon

    Suzuki could be selling these in huge numbers in the US and Canada for decades. Somebody needs to import it (after improving the safety issues).

  • Paul

    This would be great in the US if they would make it US legal by a few improvements.

    • Ken Lyns

      Step One: Re-start selling cars in the US…

  • H M Sudhakar

    Such a stupid comparison, both are in a different league , either it’s a paid article or someone’s really very dumb to post it…

    • Matt

      That’s the point of the video – can the cheap Jimny keep up with a more expensive off-roader. Nothing stupid about it.

  • Bash

    I’d take that amazing Jimny over that ugly Toyota any day.

  • brn

    I find the Jimny to be an interesting vehicle. They (the automotive press) need to stop comparing it to true off roaders. No locking diffs, no rock guards, limited articulation, etc. It’s not a rock crawler. Btw: Why not put some off road tires on the thing if you’re going to pretend it can crawl?

    I recently saw a commercial where Ford was bragging about the off road capabilities of the Escape. Really? This is where the comparisons should be. Interestingly, the Escape has a better 4WD system than the Jimny. It has a locking center diff, just like that Land Cruiser. The Jimny would still win because of low speed gearing and massively better clearance.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      Really?! ?

  • Six_Tymes

    such a shame the Jimny does not fare well in crash tests. I hope it does better with the next model year

  • Ken Lyns

    So much dreary talking for the few feet he drove…

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