Suzuki reveals 2019 Jimny prices 22 | 11 | 2018

    SUZUKI HAS CONFIRMED its all-new fourth-generation Jimny — the Japanese carmaker’s iconic small off-roader — will cost from £15,499 when it goes on-sale at Scottish dealerships from January 1 next year. It’s powered by a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 101PS, and ALLGRIP ‘PRO’ selectable four-wheel is drive fitted as standard. (Related: Subtle facelift for Suzuki Vitara)

    At launch, buyers will have the choice of two trim levels, with the SZ4 priced at £15,499, and the range-topping SZ5 priced at £17,999 with manual transmission, or £18,999 with automatic transmission. For now there’s no SZ3 Jimny.

    Costing £750 more than the outgoing SZ4 Jimny, the 2019 model is much better equipped, including air-con, a DAB radio, and cruise control as standard. (Related: Roadtest — Suzuki Swift Sport)

    The SZ5 range-topped adds a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; climate control, heated seats, and 15in alloys. And while the auto ‘box is an extra £1000, buyers can have metallic paint as a £485 option, while a two-tone paint scheme will cost £650. Six body colours will be available at UK launch including a new colour developed exclusively for the new Jimny: a high-visibility “Kinetic Yellow” designed to stand out in bad weather or when in use on rough ground worksites.


    Ever since the first Jimny made its global debut in April 1970, it has been a masterpiece of Suzuki’s 4WD technology. It is the one and only authentic off-roader that is small and lightweight, but still retains its core off-road performance. Two decades have passed since the third-generation model made its debut in 1998.

    And Suzuki designers have retained car’s retro looks with a tall boxy shape, flat clamshell bonnet, wide front grille and round headlights. Unquestionably built and designed for life in a rough terrain environment, the 2019 version boasts large windows and small pillars which maximise visibility. Those snazzy alloys are also housed in rather chunky cladded wheelarches.


    Jimny aficionados will rejoice in the fact a spare wheel is still found is still found at the rear, but the designers have moved the taillights to the rear bumper to allow for a larger, wider opening tailgate.

    New Jimny is 30mm shorter in overall length, 45mm wider and 20mm higher than previous model. And with ground clearance an impressive 210mm, the overall effect is definitely appealing.


    The new model also sees a marked improvement in the cabin, where some of the switchgear on the lower part of the centre console is lifted from the Swift. There’s also a seven-inch touchscreen display, which sits in the middle of the dashboard, complete with Bluetooth and smartphone linking apps. The driver even get the benefit of information display sandwiched in between the dials in the instrument binnacle.

    Suzuki though is quick to emphasise that, despite the tech interior, it believes functionality has not been compromised, adding that all the switches are large so to be able to be operated by a driver wearing gloves.


    As for bootspace space, the rear luggage space can be expanded by folding the rear seats, creating a 377 litre space; that’s 53 litres larger than its predecessor. The rear seats now fold fully flat and the quarter trims and seats have been carefully designed to increase storage width.

    The backs of the rear seats and luggage room floor are coated with plastic for easy removal of dirt or stains and five hook points are fitted on each side under the quarter windows along with four luggage hooks around the floor area for flexible usage of luggage space.


    The former 1.3-litre engine is replaced by a 1.5-litre unit in the new Jimny. It delivers higher torque than its predecessor with ample torque available at low revolutions which enhances driving performance especially while driving off-road where a low engine speed is often needed. Despite the increased displacement, it has smaller overall dimensions than the engine it replaces, with 15% reduced weight, contributing to enhanced fuel efficiency.

    The Jimny incorporates the four essentials for serious off-roading — a ladder frame, three excellent clearance angles, 3-link rigid axle suspension with coil spring and part-time 4WD with low range transfer gear. Designed for professionals, it features ALLGRIP PRO.


    The new Jimny is one of the few authentic off-roaders equipped with a rigid axle for both front and rear. The front axle housing is now constructed of more robust high tensile steel and the rear axle housing is larger diameter with 30% higher flexural strength for greater durability.

    The new baby SUV features a part-time 4WD system with low range transfer gear, which can be easily switched from 2H (2WD-high gear), 4H (4WD-high gear) and 4L (4WD-low gear) modes by a manually operated shift lever directly connected to the transfer gear. Compared to the 4H mode, the 4L mode can transfer more torque to the wheels when in lower gears offering better traction on steep slopes and rough terrain.


    When two wheels diagonal from each other lose traction, the Jimny’s new design brake LSD traction control automatically brakes the slipping wheels to redistribute torque to the other side and allow the vehicle to gain traction.

    Other functions included as standard equipment for both grades include Lane Departure Warning and weaving alert function — which help the driver stay alert —and high beam assist, which supports relaxing and courteous night driving by automatically switching the high and low beams at speeds of 25mph and above.

    Related: Roadtest — Suzuki Swift

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    Jim McGill


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