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Suzuki has removed all non-hybrid variants from its UK line-up; only existing orders of Jimny 4x4 will be fulfilled
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8 July 2020

Suzuki’s UK line-up is will soon be exclusively hybridised, with non-electrified variants of all models down to dealer stock only and the Jimny 4x4 now no longer directly available to order. 

The future of the compact off-roader was already in question after Suzuki UK said it would only be sold “in very limited numbers throughout 2020” at the start of the year. A brand spokesperson has now confirmed that “once existing and limited number dealer allocations to customers are fulfilled over the next 4-5 months” it will be officially axed. 

As previously rumoured, there remains a possibility that the model could be brought back into the market as an N1 class commercial vehicle in future, with the removal of the rear seats to enable a load bay alongside other homologation alterations. However, this is yet to be confirmed. 

The Jimny’s fate is largely down to the adverse effect it has on the brand’s fleet average CO2 emissions. Even in most frugal manual form its CO2 rating is 154g/km - well above the 95g/km fleet average Suzuki will need to meet in 2021. 

Suzuki’s wider range now comprises the Vitara and S-Cross SUVs, the Swift and Swift Sport hatchbacks and the Ignis city car.  All are now offered solely with mild-hybrid petrol engines.

The Ignis and Swift use a cheaper and simpler 12v system, while the SUVs and Swift Sport use a more advanced 48v system. Suzuki claims economy is boosted by as much as 15%, and CO2 is reduced by as much as 25%, compared with the previous non-hybrid versions. 

The range will soon also be joined by the Across SUV - recently revealed as the first product created under a partnership between Suzuki and Toyota. Essentially a rebadged and lightly restyled RAV4, the Across features Suzuki's first plug-in hybrid powertrain. 

READ MORE:

Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid 2020 UK review

Suzuki Across revealed as Toyota RAV4-based SUV

Suzuki Jimny 2019 long-term review

 

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porgey 19 November 2020

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catnip 10 July 2020

This reducing of model range,

This reducing of model range, along with the awful Suzuki 'version' of the Rav4 make me think that it won't be long before the badge disappears altogether. A real shame.

Will86 9 July 2020

What about mild hybrid for the Jimny?

Given Suzuki use a mild hybrid system with an integrated starter generator and a battery under the passenger seat, surely it would be quite straight forward to add that to the Jimny and wouldn't add any significant complexity? Also dropping in the 1.0 boosterjet would seem logical especially as by all accounts you can already get a turbo triple in it in Japan. I hope Suzuki are working on ideas to bring the Jimny back because their cars are really likeable. Recently had a ride in a new Vitara with the 1.4 turbo and 6 speed auto and was impressed by how well engineered it felt. A car that really focused on usability and was all the better for it.