Monday, 09 July 2018 10:56

Image Source: Suzuki Global Press Image Source: Suzuki Global Press

Suzuki Australia has confirmed that the Suzuki Jimny will be arriving in Australia, with sales to begin in the first quarter of 2019.

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Having been recently released in Japan in two body forms (Minicar & Compact Car), Australia will receive the larger version of the two.  It's been 20 years since the 1998 release of the outgoing version, with only minor revisions occurring over the product's model cycle. (International spec 'Jimny' model pictured below)

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There was much speculation in the motoring community prior to the vehicle's release surrounding the chassis and whether it will be "softened" to cater for a more road-biased ride. We are pleased to confirm that hard-core off-road enthusiasts will still have a ladder-frame body, low-range transfer gear, 3-link rigid axle suspension, a limited slip differential, combined with Suzuki's AllGrip Pro 4x4 system.

Powered by a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine, with outputs of 78kw and 138nm (based on overseas specification), the agile off-roader comes with Daytime Running Lights (DRL), High-beam assist and Android Auto/Apple Carplay. Although the power and torque stats may seem low compared to other vehicles, most vehicles don't weigh the meagre 1075kg empty that the Jimny does.

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The bragging rights afforded to Jimny owners derive from its ability to go "where others can't". Given how narrow the vehicle is and with its minimal overhangs, it provides approach and departure angles of 26 degrees and 50 degrees respectively. The length of the vehicle is now 3645mm (30mm shorter), the width is 1645mm (45mm wider) and the total height is 1720mm with 205mm of ground clearance. The wheelbase length remains the same at 2250mm.

Safety will come in the form of front dual, side and curtain airbags, "Dual Sensor Brake Support" and Electronic Stability Control (ESP). The Japanese-spec model features Autonomous Emergency braking, which we would hope becomes standard across the Australian range.

If you'd like to know more about the forthcoming Jimny, or would like to keep up to date with the latest in motoring, check out The Engine Room

 

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