Suzuki has suggested European specs for a arriving next-generation Jimny, that is due in Britain in 2019. It will arrive with a singular engine variant, a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol.
The naturally aspirated four-pot replaces a a effusive Jimny’s 1.3-litre engine, and will furnish 101bhp and 96lb ft of torque for a claimed 90mph tip speed. There is no diesel various planned, with the code carrying recently pulled all diesel options from a stream line-up.
There will be a choice of 5-speed primer or 4-speed involuntary gearboxes, with a part-time four-wheel expostulate system channeling energy to a back wheels in high and low operation modes. Suzuki substituted a primer low-range rigging selector in a latest Vitara for an electric rotary dial, though a new Jimny sticks with a former complement to maximize a off-road adjustability.
Like a predecessor, a new Jimny is built on a ladder support chassis, with additional cranky members to boost rigidity, and 3-link firm spindle cessation for off-road agility. The fourth-generation indication has been grown with a feedback of existent Jimny owners in mind, who arrange a effective off-road capabilities and robustness some-more rarely than on-road performance.
Suzuki claims a Jimny can expostulate adult inclines with a 37 grade proceed depart angle of 49 degrees. Ground clearway is 210mm.
The car’s pattern reflects a 4×4 status, taking change from earlier-generation Jimnys by a simple, box-shaped body, turn headlamps with eccentric indicators, and straight front grille. Much of a pattern appears identical to that practical to a Mercedes-Benz G-Class, such as a squared-off circle arches and tail-lights located low on a bumper.
Images leaked onto a internet suggested a demeanour of a car’s interior late final year. While it gains complicated facilities such as a Bluetooth-enabled 7in touchscreen infotainment system, a altogether pattern stays chunky, with function lucky over form to capacitate users to work controls and buttons with gloves on.
It also gains new reserve systems, including unconstrained puncture braking, line depart warning, and trade pointer showing – a latter being a initial for any Suzuki model.
Two folding back seats concede for adult to 377 litres of luggage space, some 53 litres some-more than a prior era Jimny. The new indication rides 20mm aloft on 15in amalgamate wheels, though altogether length has reduced somewhat to 3480mm.
The 2019 Jimny is due to go on sale early subsequent year in a UK, following a Japanese launch this autumn. Prices are approaching to be somewhat aloft than a effusive model, that cost around £14,000 before it went out of prolongation in Apr to make approach for a successor. The final units – fewer than 200 cars – were still accessible for squeeze until recently, though sole quickly.
The incomparable Vitara is now a brand’s bestselling model, achieving UK sales of about 12,000 units per year, with a expectancy of serve growth.
The brand’s preference to omit a enticement to build a some-more mainstream indication should safeguard that sales sojourn partially tiny (versus other compress SUVs). Around 1200 Jimnys are sole per year in Britain – a figure that has remained unchanging given a effusive chronicle launched in 1998. The new automobile is approaching to absolutely kick this while heading a assign to grow Suzuki sales by 20%.
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