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|Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:02 pm Post subject: CAR REVIEW: Suzuki Jimny
|CarsofAustralia CAR REVIEW: Suzuki Jimny
The long awaited Suzuki Jimny has returned to Australian and the new model fully embodies the core character of the off-roader that has been around for almost 50 years. It is also the first major re-fresh of Jimny since 1998.
Suzuki has certainly given the value-for-money playing card very careful consideration and the price-point starting price of $23,990 plus on-roads for the manual will be very well received by the off-road motoring community across Australia.
Putting aside the Jimny's three-star safety rating the enthusiasm of buyers for the new Jimny may be slightly dampened by the availability of only 1100 vehicles for 2019. Over 300 of this first batch of deliveries to Australia are pre-sold by dealers.
The new model has a ALLGRIP PRO 4WD system with a low range transfer gear, which can be easily switched from 2H (2WD-high gear), 4H (4WD-high gear) and 4L (4WD-low gear). Clearance is always an issue with off-roaders and the Jimny has 210mm under the car along with a 37-degree approach and 49-degree departure angle.
Other features on the new Jimny include Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS), hill descent control, lane departure warning, six airbags, high beam assist, Electronic Stability Control (ESP), reversing camera and LED headlights all fitted as standard equipment.
For the powertrain, a more powerful and fuel efficient 1.5 litre engine is adopted with an output of 75kW. Available in a 5-speed manual transmission and also a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Other specifications include:
Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
7-inch multimedia satellite navigation
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Digital climate control & air conditioning
Front fog lamps
15-inch alloy wheels
Heritage design elements are included in the new design, including round head lamps with independent indicators, front grille with vertical openings, horizontal slit-like design and finally, gathered rear combination lamps.
Six body colours are available on the Jimny:
Kinetic Yellow + Bluish Black Pearl
Brisk Blue Metallic + Bluish Black Pearl
Chiffon Ivory Metallic + Bluish Black Pearl
Recommended retail pricing is as follows:
5-speed manual transmission: $23,990
4-speed automatic transmission: $25,990
There is an additional paint charge of $500 for metallic and $1,250 for two-tone.
Many owners will want to 'trick-up' their Jimny with additional features and off-road retailer ARB already have a range of extras available for the new model - rock rails,a bumper with an integrated winch, a lift kit, and underbody cladding.
There is ample vision from the new Jimny and with the front seats folding flat there is enough space for a small bed.
What others have said:
- the new Suzuki Jimny will command long waiting lists and wonít be the bargain it was before, but thatís no real surprise because the first full remake in almost two decades is easily the best generation of all so far. (Review by Matt Robinson)
- Pros: Great off-road; durable; low price. Cons: Cramped inside; barebones fit-out; scanty safety kit. The Pick: 2019 Suzuki Jimny 2D Wagon. (Review by Fraser Stronach)
- The Suzuki Jimny competes in a field of one. It's not designed with the masses in mind, but for a small clique, this hardcore 4x4 is everything they demanded and more. Pros: Proper off-roading ability, Retro-cool and fun design, Accessible price point. Cons: Road, engine noise, Poor safety score, Cabin ergonomics. (Review by Mike Costello - Senior Editor)
- What we like: - All fundamentals for the perfect off-roader, Looks which celebrate past without compromise, Price and equipment levels. What we don't: - Shame about that 3 star safety, Cargo space with back seats up, Bouncy ride will deter urban users - (Review by Malcolm Flynn)