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New Suzuki Jimny bursting onto UK roads from January 2019

27 Nov 2018

It’s been more than 20 years since a new-generation Suzuki Jimny hit UK roads, but January 2019 will finally see the arrival of an all-new version of the pocket-sized offroader.  

Two decades is an extremely long time in the automotive industry and there have been a few key changes made to the ever-lovable Jimny.

What’s new with the Suzuki Jimny?

Firstly, there’s a fairly notable size difference. When placed next to the Jimny that has been on sale since 1998, this new model is 30mm shorter in length, but 45mm wider and 20mm higher. This results in a more spacious interior and a bigger boot - now 377 litres, up 53 litres.

Design-wise, the Jimny has retained its iconic boxy look and has in fact doubled down on the hard edges and sharp corners.

Under the skin, there’s still the traditional ladder-frame chassis, but body frame torsional rigidity is now 1.5 times higher than before.

New engine

The 1.3-litre petrol engine of old has been chucked out in favour of a new 99bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit.

Compared to the old 1.3-litre engine, this new unit is smaller and 15 per cent lighter in weight, which helps improve fuel efficiency. More torque is available from low revs too, enhancing driving performance especially while driving at low speeds off-road.

Another feature enhancing the new Jimny’s off-road prowess is the fact that Suzuki’s Allgrip Pro selectable four-wheel drive comes as standard.

More safety kit

There’s a lot of safety kit bundled in too, with every Jimny boasting dual sensor brake support, hill descent control, lane departure warning, six airbags, and high beam assist.

Suzuki Jimny equipment and trim

Buyers can choose between two trims: SZ4 and SZ5.

Priced at £15,499, the SZ4 gets air conditioning, cruise control, dual sensor brake support, front fog lamps and a CD player with DAB radio and bluetooth.

Meanwhile, the SZ5 grade (£17,999/£18,999 manual/automatic) adds LED headlights, 15-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, climate control, sat nav with smartphone link and heated front seats as standard.

More than 2.8 million Jimnys have been sold around the world since it first went on sale back in 1970.

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