Suzuki has finally launched the long-anticipated fourth-generation Jimny in Japan. As revealed by some of the leaked brochures from last month, the small 4x4 will be available in two model options - a Kei-spec Jimny and a bigger and better equipped Jimny Sierra.
The Suzuki Jimny is a serious 4x4 vehicle and we expect the 2019 model to be just as credible. Suzuki South Africa has confirmed some more offroad capability ahead of its local launch in November 2018.
The next-generation Suzuki Jimny will be arriving in South Africa towards the end of the year, November to be exact. Ahead of its launch, Suzuki South Africa are teasing us with little nuggets of information and this time around, we get a closer look at just how capable it'll be offroad. The previous-generation Jimny had a stellar reputation when it came to 4x4 work and it's expected the newcomer will be just as good.
2019 Suzuki Jimny offroad features
The 2019 Suzuki Jimny has a rigid ladder frame chassis, which has always been the best place to start when you're making a credible 4x4 vehicle. In terms of suspension, there is a 3-link rigid axle suspension with coil springs. The axles work in a simple manner: when an obstacle pushes one wheel up, the axles forces the other wheel down, increasing traction.
The Jimny also features a 4-wheel drive gearbox with a low-range transfer gear. When you're really pressing through the rough stuff Suzuki's AllGrip Pro has you covered. 4L will be your best friend, if you're wanting to conquer the most hardcore offroad trails. There is also 4H if you wish to do higher speeds on gravel and sand, and when you're not driving offroad, switch to 2H to save fuel.
The numbers do not lie. When it comes to approach, breakover and departure, the Suzuki Jimny is a credible offroader. With 37 degrees, 28 degrees and 49 degrees respectively, you're not going to get stuck, while a ground clearance of 210 mm will clear most obstacles.
Liberty Walk Can Turn Your Suzuki Jimny Into A Mini G-Wagon
The new Suzuki Jimny has actually been received with open arms and thanks to it’s history of punching way about it’s weight extreme-tuner Liberty Walk can now offer a very unique package for your little guy.
Starting with the front fascia of the Jimny, Liberty Walk has installed a bumper that closely resembles the one on the G-Class, with square air intakes and LED daytime running lights. Additionally, the bumper incorporates a black skid plate, while a silver tow hook has also been fitted.
The tuner then fitted a hood similar to the boxy Mercedes, complete with a menacing intake and power bulge.
Considering the Liberty Walk history, you also get flared wheel arches but just wide enough to imitate the big Benz.
Pre-orders are now open and that the first units will be released this year. With the new Suzuki Jimny already arriving in South Africa will we see one of these customers opt for this very cool kit?
The Suzuki Jimny has only been on sale in Japan for five weeks, but already a specialist garage has created custom versions drawing upon the car’s retro look.
Jimny Center Niigata, based in Niigata, in the north of Japan’s main island, Honshu, has customised the Jimny’s grille to bear an old-style Suzuki logo, as well as fitting retro-style wheels to the Jimny, shod in whitewall tyres.
The garage charges around £168 for a custom grille for older JA12-generation Jimnys, which were made until 1996, and £228 for a wood roof lining replacement, although no prices for new Jimny parts have yet been made public.
The throwbacks recall previous generations of Jimny, the first of which entered production in 1970. The garage also customises older Jimnys, with both interior and exterior modifications including bespoke paint jobs, interior cladding and upholstery.
Jimny Center Niigata has already attracted a backlog of interest in Japan, with double-digit orders pending, although the garage hasn’t disclosed how long customers will have to wait for each order to be completed.
The new Jimny goes on sale in the UK in early 2019, months after its Japanese sales debut. A price of around £14,000 is expected for the 101bhp 1.5-litre micro-SUV.
Liberty Walk to turn new Suzuki Jimny into baby G-Class!
When the new Suzuki Jimny was revealed in June 2018, many of our readers commented that it looked something like a baby Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Well, the folks over at Japan’s Liberty Walk clearly agree, and have confirmed plans to offer a body kit making the Japanese SUV look even more like the Stuttgart-based brand’s off-roader.
The single (surprisingly poorly rendered) image posted to Liberty Walk’s Instagram account shows the Jimny wearing a body kit clearly inspired by the G-Class, with the aftermarket firm confirming that it will be released before the end of 2018.
In the rendering, the Jimny features a cheeky side-exit exhaust, larger alloy wheels and carbon-fibre add-ons for the bonnet, roof (with added lighting), rear spoiler and wheelarches. It also gains a G-Class-like front facia and LED daytime running lights.
Expected to launch in South Africa in November 2018, the new Jimny draws its power from a “newly developed” 1,5-litre petrol engine. The naturally aspirated four-cylinder K15B engine makes 75 kW and 130 N.m (up from the 63 kW and 110 N.m offered by the outgoing 1,3-litre), and will again be offered with the choice of a five-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic.
The new three-door, four-seater Jimny measures 3 480 mm long (or 3 645 mm if you include the spare wheel cover), with an unchanged wheelbase of 2 250 mm. Ground clearance comes in at 210 mm, while the latest-generation model boasts an approach angle of 37 degrees, a breakover angle of 28 degrees and a departure angle of 49 degrees.
Likely to run on 15-inch wheels shod in 195/80 R15 rubber, the little Jimny is underpinned by a “newly developed” ladder frame chassis with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, part-time four-wheel drive (with low range transfer gear) and three-link rigid axle suspension. “Brake LSD (limited slip-differential) traction control” is also included.