Motoring News 9.7.2018 01:34 pm

Suzuki reveals new Jimny specification details

The Jimny is a proper off-roader built on a ladder-frame platform with Allgrip Pro part-time four-wheel-drive.

The 2019 Suzuki Jimny will be the fourth-generation of the popular, compact, but rugged no-nonsense off-roader, and the latest version of a model that’s been with us now for some 20 years.

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Suzuki certainly hasn’t tried to reinvent the wheel here by making the Jimny all sleek and modern with one of those increasingly popular coupe-style sloping rooflines.

Instead it has a distinctly retro, boxy look with a clamshell hood, and the new model will remain one of the few vehicles of its type to still have the spare wheel mounted on the rear door.

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At the moment just a single engine has been confirmed for the 2019 Jimny, which perhaps surprisingly isn’t Suzuki’s popular three-cylinder 1.0-liter Booster Jet.

Instead, it will be powered by a brand new 1.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol unit.

This new engine is going to be more powerful than the current model’s 1.3-liter engine as this one will develop 75 kW and 130 Nm of torque.

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As well as being more powerful, the new unit is also smaller and lighter than the one it’s replacing, which all bodes well for the performance of this next-generation model.

With the standard five-speed manual gearbox the top speed will be 144km/h.

If the optional four-speed automatic is preferred, the top speed drops a little to 140 km/h.

Unlike most rivals in its class, the Jimny is a proper off-roader built on a ladder-frame platform with Allgrip Pro part-time four-wheel-drive with low range as part of its standard equipment.

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But as well as being capable off-road, the new Jimny is also going to have improved on-road manners with improved ride quality due to the ladder frame being more rigid and a new steering damper aiming to minimize jolts and vibration through the steering wheel.

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