What is it?
This is the new Suzuki Jimny – a simple statement that undersells just how notable that is. It probably needs an exclamation mark for effect. Let’s try again. This is the new Suzuki Jimny! That’s better.
This new Jimny is so noteworthy because of just how rare the arrival of a new version of Suzuki’s small off-roader is. This is the fourth generation of Jimny. The first arrived in 1970, and lasted 11 years. Its replacement was on the market for 17 years, until the third – and most recent – generation arrived in 1998. That was the same year Ford launched the Focus, a car that has just reached its fourth generation.
Given how long the previous Jimny was on sale, it won’t be giving much of the verdict away to tell you that the new Jimny is fairly clearly better than its predecessor – which shouldn’t be surprising given how far car design and technology has come in 20 years.
As an example, the new Jimny has Apple CarPlay. The old one didn’t, what with it being released nine years before the iPhone was invented.
But while much about the new Jimny has changed, much will be familiar to the previous-generation model’s fervent fan base.
Suzuki’s mission statement to make ‘the one-and-only, small, lightweight four-wheel-drive vehicle’ remains. Under that new body, the fourth-generation Jimny still features a ladder frame chassis, three-link rigid axle coil spring suspension and four-wheel drive. The addition of new tech such as hill hold and descent control, brake support and a host of driver assistance systems are all intended to make the new Jimny even more capable than the old car.