Suzuki Philippines Inc., has offered a preview of the all-new Jimny. For a couple of months now since the Jimny’s global unveiling, interest surrounding the vehicle were extremely high, easily being one of the most read topics among our articles, so it’s no surprise that the Jimny became the star of the motor show.
Rather than taking on a completely modern approach, Suzuki has given it a completely retro and boxy design, which gives it an impression that it looks like a mini Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Up front, it features a front grille with five slats, as well as unpainted beefy bumpers and fender flares for the Sierra variant sold in Japan. Along with some vintage cues, the Jimny is also equipped with modern touches such as LED headlamps with washers, as well as bumpers that are optimized to let the Jimny have a 37-degree approach and 49-degree departure angle. At 3,645 mm long, 1,645 mm wide, and 1,725 mm (1,730 mm with roof rails) tall, the new Suzuki Jimny is 160 mm shorter than its predecessor, though it is 45 mm taller and 20 mm wider than before. Wheelbase stays the same at 2,250 mm, and in conjunction with the 210 mm ground clearance, the Suzuki Jimny’s dimensions really make it capable to go through all types of terrain without any issues.
The Suzuki Jimny’s interior features a “down-to-earth” design, which goes back to the basics of off-roading, and de-cluttering the interior from too many screens, colors, and design details. It’s an all-black affair, but one that is done stylishly enough to make it attractive for adventure. Everything is honest and straightforward, with a main focus towards durability and ease-of-use. Being wide and taller than before, while retaining the wheelbase, it is expected that the Jimny will have more room for passengers.
A 1.5-liter inline-4 petrol engine resides under the hood of the Jimny,, an upgrade over its predecessor’s 1.3-liter motor. It produces 101 hp and 130 Nm of torque, with power sent through a part-time ALLGRIP PRO 4×4 system with low-range transfer gear, brake LSD traction control, Hill Hold Control, and Hill Descent Control. A 3-link rigid axle suspension with coil spring for both the front and rear axles helps provide optimum wheel contact on all surfaces.
Suzuki Philippines head Shuzo Hoshikura has said that the company’s manufacturing plant in Japan is currently at full capacity. As a result, the Jimny is slated to arrive in Q3 2019. Pricing is speculated to top out at P1.1 million for the top trim variant.