Suzuki has just confirmed the 2019 Suzuki Jimny will go on sale in Australia during the first quarter of next year.
It's also now expected to arrive in the United Kingdom in 2019, earlier than previously thought.
Up until now the future of the Jimny in terms of the new vehicle market in Australia was a bit hazy. There's a tall, boxy bodyshape with a clamshell bonnet and seven-slot front grille, while the retro round headlights and tailgate-mounted spare wheel are as practical as they are charming. Ground clearance is 210mm.
Inside, there's a much more up to date influence with a modern dashboard layout.
A seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth is available on higher equipment grades, although full United Kingdom specs and prices are still to be confirmed. There's even a driver information display sandwiched in between the dials in the instrument binnacle.
Suzuki says the interior has been designed with function and form with all controls usable while wearing gloves.
Boot space in the new Jimny starts at 85 litres with the rear seats in use and expands to 377-litres (53 litres more than the old car) when the rear seats are folded.
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Suzuki's only confirmed one engine for the European market and surprisingly, it's not one of the firm's excellent BoosterJet turbocharged units.
The main engine option will be a 1.5-litre petrol for most markets; 660cc petrol to be Japan-only.
Suzuki has also squashed at least one of the rumours that have been buzzing around the cybergarage by specifying only one engine choice for the global market outside Japan - a 1462cc, naturally-aspirated DOHC 16-valve long-stroke petrol four rated for 75kW at 6000 revs and 130Nm at 4000rpm - an nearly 20 percent improvement on the 1.3-litre current model's 63kW and 110Nm.
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Economy figures are pegged at 41.5mpg and 37.6mpg for the manual and automatic respectively, with Carbon dioxide figures of 154g/km and 170g/km. CO2 stands at 154g/km and 170g/km respectively. Power is sent to a part-time four-wheel drive system via a transfer case, with a brake-type limited-slip differential to optimise traction.
An approach angle of 37 degrees, breakover angle of 28 degrees, and departure angle of 49 degrees is how the little mountain goat from Japan stacks up off the beaten path. The suspension is a rigid axle setup with coil springs both front and rear. We anticipate a premium on the current car's £12,999 starting tag given the Jimny's new tech, though it should still remain a small, cheap off-roader.
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