Prices and specifications have been announced for the next-generation off-roader

UK prices and specification details for the new Suzuki Jimny have been revealed as first deliveries of the SUV approach. 

The Jimny, on sale now, costs from £15,499 for the entry-level SZ4 with a manual gearbox, rising to £18,999 for an automatic variant of the top specification SZ5. A manual SZ5 is available from £17,999.

Metallic and dual tone paint finishes are available as options for £485 and £650 respectively on all trim specifications. 

A 1.5-litre naturally aspirated unit replaces the outgoing Jimny's 1.3-litre engine. It produces 101bhp and 96lb ft of torque for a claimed top speed of 90mph.

No diesel version of the Jimny is planned, with Suzuki having recently cut all diesel options from its line-up.

Talking to Autocar, Suzuki’s UK boss, Dale Wyatt, said 4500 UK buyers had signed up on the website as “interested” in the Jimny by October 2017 - the first time it has had such a level of interest.

That’s 150% of the previous model’s best annual sales volume; the last Jimny ended at 1100 units annually in UK after 20 years. The problem is going to be volume supplied, says Wyatt. Demand in Japan, where the Jimny is made, has been “staggering”. Wyatt sees scope in allocating 1100 cars for the UK in the new Jimny's first year, then 2000 subsequently.

The Jimny will offer five-speed manual and four-speed automatic gearboxes, with a part-time four-wheel drive system channelling power to the rear wheels normal use and with high and low-range modes. Suzuki swapped the manual low-range gear selector in the latest Vitara for an electric rotary dial, but the new Jimny sticks with the former system to maximise its off-road adjustability.

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Like its predecessor, the new Jimny is built on a ladder-frame chassis, but it now has additional crossmembers to increase rigidity. It also gets three-link rigid axle suspension for off-road agility. The fourth-generation model has been developed with the feedback of existing Jimny owners in mind, who rank its effective off-road capabilities and robustness more highly than on-road performance.

Suzuki claims the Jimny can drive up inclines with a 37deg approach angle and a 49deg departure angle. Ground clearance is 210mm.

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The car's design reflects its 4x4 status, taking influence from earlier Jimnys through the simple, box-shaped body, vertical grille and round headlights with separate indicators. Much of the design appears similar to that applied to the latest Mercedes-Benz G-Class, such as the squared-off wheel arches and tail-lights located low on the bumper.

The Jimny's interior, meanwhile, gains modern features such as a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth. However, the overall design remains chunky, with function favoured over form to enable users to operate controls and buttons while wearing gloves.

New safety systems have also been added, including automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and traffic sign detection, the latter being a first for any Suzuki model.

Two folding rear seats allow for up to 377 litres of luggage space, which is 53 litres more than in the old Jimny. The new model rides 20mm higher on 15in alloy wheels, but overall length has reduced slightly to 3480mm.

The larger Vitara is currently Suzuki's best-selling model, achieving UK sales of about 12,000 units per year, and further growth is expected.

The brand's decision to ignore the temptation to build a more mainstream Jimny should ensure that sales remain small compared with those of other compact SUVs. Around 1200 Jimnys are sold per year in Britain - a figure that has remained consistent since the outgoing version launched in 1998. The new car is expected to comfortably beat this while leading a charge to grow Suzuki sales by 20%.

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24 August 2017
This lookind ok, this is one car though I hope is a little bigger though. Just make it a little more practical a proposition. Had a Jimny as a loan car whilst my Grand Vitara was getting a new clutch fitted. Loved it but it was just way way too small.
Pity there's no new Grand Vitara. The the salesman was telling me the caravan people are moving on to other brands as the vicarage can't tow a heavy van like the old GV could.
Think Suzuki could do with stretching the Vitara & say a 2.0 tdi like Nissan did with the X-trail, as they quickly found out. The new car couldn't tow a lot.

24 August 2017

This looks great! Love the rugged styling

24 August 2017

Looks like they photocopied a thirty year old Mercs G-Wagen.

Citroëniste.

7 June 2018

Yes, a SWB 3 door at 70% scale.

Isn't it great?!

24 August 2017

Good on Suzuki for staying true to the spirit of the Jimny,[.please don't make the interior too upmarket either,much as I admire the latest Ignis there was no way that it was up to replacing the Jimny,another great  offering from the masters of the small car.

24 August 2017
Just hired a knackered Jimny in Corfu for a couple of days. Utterly loved it and want one.

24 August 2017

Back in the day, BL decided there was no market for small ragtop sports cars, so it left it - then along came the MX5. Now JLR has abandonded the Defender and its market and along comes the new Jimny. 

7 June 2018
James Dene wrote:

Now JLR has abandonded the Defender and its market and along comes the new Jimny. 

JLR has NOT abandoned teh Defender, an all new one is coming in a few weeks time, well, showcases of it, and there will be loads of variations too, not just the 110 and 90, expect a six wheeled version, heavily modified army version, as well as pick up, Van and loads more, and it is an evolution not a revolution, existing owners will like it, as it will be better in all aspects, yes it will be dearer, but then legally cars have to have so many new safety components added, that that alone adds to the price - I know i was impressed when i saw the scale model and drawings a few months back.

 

22 June 2018
jonboy4969 wrote:

James Dene wrote:

Now JLR has abandonded the Defender and its market and along comes the new Jimny. 

JLR has NOT abandoned teh Defender, an all new one is coming in a few weeks time, well, showcases of it, and there will be loads of variations too, not just the 110 and 90, expect a six wheeled version, heavily modified army version, as well as pick up, Van and loads more, and it is an evolution not a revolution, existing owners will like it, as it will be better in all aspects, yes it will be dearer, but then legally cars have to have so many new safety components added, that that alone adds to the price - I know i was impressed when i saw the scale model and drawings a few months back.

Found the comma key did we?

Typical JLR fan, thick.

19 November 2018
robhardyuk wrote:

jonboy4969 wrote:

James Dene wrote:

Now JLR has abandonded the Defender and its market and along comes the new Jimny. 

JLR has NOT abandoned teh Defender, an all new one is coming in a few weeks time, well, showcases of it, and there will be loads of variations too, not just the 110 and 90, expect a six wheeled version, heavily modified army version, as well as pick up, Van and loads more, and it is an evolution not a revolution, existing owners will like it, as it will be better in all aspects, yes it will be dearer, but then legally cars have to have so many new safety components added, that that alone adds to the price - I know i was impressed when i saw the scale model and drawings a few months back.

Found the comma key did we?

Typical JLR fan, thick.

I find it sad when the grammar police come out, especially with such unpleasant and aggressive commemnts such as those above. Makes you wonder about the person....

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