Jimny jumps to head of the queue

Riley Riley

Head office has confirmed next generation Jimny is coming to Australia.

Expected to arrive in the first quarter of next year, the little off roader retains the features that have kept it popular with dirt hounds for more than 50 years.

Sitting on a traditional ladder style frame, favoured for off road driving, with proper low range gearing, the all-new Jimny will be powered by a 1.5-litre four cylinder engine, with plenty of torque at low revs to maintain off-road performance.

That’s 200cc up on the 1.3-litre petrol engine that powers the current model.

Confirmed spec includes auto high beam, daytime running lights and multimedia satellite navigation featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In addition, next generation Jimny will also feature hill hold and hill decent controls as standard.

Safety has been put at the forefront of the design, creating a modern car for modern needs with front dual, side and certain airbags, Dual Sensor Brake Support and Electronic Stability Control (ESP).

No mention however of autonomous emergency braking though.

Chief Engineer for the next generation off roader, Hiroyuki Yonezawa, said the development team were up for the challenge to make the new Jimny more attractive than ever.

“Twenty long years have passed since the last model change in 1998, making it the third full model change significant in Jimny history,” he said.

Suzuki Australia boss Michael Pachota said the return of the legendary 4WD to the Australian market is sure to impress.

“The Jimny is synonymous with the Suzuki brand and to have an all-new model on its way is something worth talking about,” he said.

“The Australian landscape will be a true test for the iconic 4WD and I have no doubt it will rise to the challenge.

“I am very excited and highly anticipating the return of this legendary off-road compact SUV, in its all-new guise, to complement our already strong line-up of Suzuki vehicles in Australia.”

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