European specifications revealed for Suzuki Jimny Motors

Sunday, 08 Jul, 2018

Suzuki has confirmed that the all-new Suzuki Jimny will be sold in Australia.

It seems likely the new Jimny will cost more than the £13k starting point of the current Jimny.

Inside, the auto comes with 377 litres of boot space - 53 litres more than in the last model - and all the materials used make it easy to maintain if it gets dirty.

At 3,645mm from the front bumper to the spare wheel cover the new Jimny is exactly the same length as before.

The Jimny's interior, meanwhile, gains modern features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth.

Despite its small dimension it should be reasonably practical with a 377 litre boot once the rear seats are folded. Suzuki's popular 1.0-litre BoosterJet three-cylinder won't power the new Jimny, but instead a brand new, simpler 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine called K15B arrives.

Under the bonnet will be a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 100bhp and 130Nm of torque, but despite offering more displacement than the unit found in the previous model, it is 15 per cent lighter to help with fuel efficiency. Suzuki hasn't revealed acceleration figures, but has said that the Jimny will reach a top speed of 90mph when fitted with the standard five-speed manual gearbox - or 87mph with the optional four-speed automatic. As measured on outgoing NEDC fuel economy and Carbon dioxide regulations, the new Jimny claims 41.5mpg with the manual box, dipping to 37.6mpg for the auto. Power is sent to a part-time four-wheel drive system via a transfer case, with a brake-type limited-slip differential to optimise traction. Ground clearance has been lifted from the old car's 190mm to a claimed 210mm with approach angle measuring 37 degrees, ramp breakover angle of 28 degrees and departure angle of 49 degrees. Adding to the off-road character of the Jimny, the rear axle of the mini-SUV benefits from three-link suspension with coil springs. Also available, but not confirmed for Australian cars, is lane departure warning and weaving alert function (to help the driver keep alert), and high beam assist which is able to automatically switch on and off the high and low beams.