Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

New Suzuki Jimny may not get a diesel

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Sherri Watson | 08 July, 2018, 16:01

While the Suzuki Jimny is priced in Japan from JPY 14,58,000 to JPY 19,06,200 ( ₹ 9.06 lakh - ₹ 11.85 lakh), the Jimny Sierra is priced in the range of JPY 17,60,400 to JPY 20,62,800 JPY ( ₹ 10.94 lakh - ₹ 12.82 lakh) respectively. The Suzuki Jimny Sierra, on the other hand, will get the new 1.5-litre K15B four-cylinder petrol engine that is capable of churning out over 100 bhp and develop a peak torque of 130 Nm. As such, the 101bhp power output and 130Nm of torque are adequate rather than sparkling.

Suzuki has confirmed that the all-new Suzuki Jimny will be sold in Australia.

The new fourth-generation Jimny has a tough act to follow. While cars will arrive in Australia towards the end of this year they won't make it into dealerships until early next year (2019). That petrol power plant will be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Just one you could nearly carry in your pocket. Ground clearance has been lifted from the old car's 190mm to a claimed 210mm with approach angle measuring 37 degrees, ramp breakover angle of 28 degrees and departure angle of 49 degrees.

Suzuki says the interior has been designed with function and form with all controls usable while wearing gloves. The analogue dials are set in cubic housings and are always lit up for clear viewing on and off-road.

A seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth is available on higher equipment grades, although full United Kingdom specs and prices are still to be confirmed.

Despite its small dimension it should be reasonably practical with a 377 litre boot once the rear seats are folded. The global variant, Jimny Sierra, comes loaded with a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder 1,460cc engine. The auto can be operated in 2H front-wheel-drive mode most of the time, maximising fuel economy.

Suzuki also fits safety systems such as the dual sensor brake support automatic braking system, lane departure warning, weaving alert and high beam assist, as well as traffic sign recognition and hill descent control. The drivetrain can be configured three ways - 2H driving the Jimny's front wheels, 4H activating the four-wheel-drive system, and 4L activating the low range transfer gear for the harshest off-road conditions.