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2018-07-20 09:30

Robin Classen

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Small in stature but packing a real punch off-road, the next-generation of the popular Suzuki Jimny is loaded with new features and sports a fresh design.

Ever since the release of the first version back in 1970, it has garnered a cult following among off-road enthusiasts for its endearing personality and 4x4 prowess.

Little Jimny goes premium 

Boasting Suzuki 4WD drive technology coupled with suspension and chassis refinements, off-road terrain is a breeze. All this with the flick of a switch.

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At 3.6m, the new Jimny is the same length as the model it replaces. It's slightly wider at 1.6m and 20mm taller too at 1.7m. Ground clearance comes in at 210mm. Suzuki says there will be five single-tone boy colours available, and also three two-tone options.

According to Suzuki South Africa, the Jimny will be available to consumers provisionally from November 2018.

Check out the video below:

This new fourth-generation Jimny replaces a 4x4 now 20 years into its lifespan. In terms of design Suzuki has kept the Jimny distinctively retro, with a tall stocky shape, flat bonnet, wide front grille and round LEDs.

A single engine has been confirmed for the European market; a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol capable of 75kW/130Nm. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual. 

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