Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

European spec for new Suzuki Jimny revealed

European spec for new Suzuki Jimny revealed

But what the Jimny does do is tackle the rough stuff in a way nothing else can - certainly nothing else remotely close to its price - and the new Jimny, due to arrive in the United Kingdom in 2019, promises more of that, but with an added dose of modernity. 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.

Suzuki is expected to open sales of the new Jimny in European markets in 2019, whereas there is no word on when it will be brought to India. For instance, the round headlights are taken off the original Jimny, while the vertical grille, horizontal slits in the clamshell bonnet and "gathered" rear taillights are all from the second-generation auto. Ground clearance comes in at 210mm. It measures 3,395 mm in length, 1,475 mm in width and up to 1,715 mm in height.

Suzuki says the interior has been designed with function and form with all controls usable while wearing gloves.

Coming as standard with a five-speed manual transmission, the K15C is 15 percent lighter than the M13AA from yesteryear.

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With the rear seats in place the new Jimny boasts 85 litres of bootspace, though this expands to 377 litres with the rear bench folded flat - 53 litres larger than before, and totally flat too.

Power will come from a 1.5 litre petrol engine, which Suzuki promise will offer enough torque low down for sticky off-road situations. 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. The new Jimny sticks with low range gear selector for its 4WD system to the former system to maximise its off-road adjustability.

While it has a ladder-frame chassic, Suzuki says it has worked on the new Jimny's on-road handling with a new steering damper on the front suspension, created to minimise steering wheel vibration. For safety, the vehicle houses Dual Sensor Brake Support (DBBS), hill hold, descent control, 6 airbags, electronic stability programme (ESP), tyre pressure monitoring system and more.

Inside, the new Jimny will be much safer and high tech than its geriatric predecessor.

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