Suzuki has launched the 4th generation Jimny mini SUV at its home market in Japan. There’ll be two variants – Jimny and Jimny Sierra.
Suzuki mentions that the name Jimny Sierra will be exclusive for the Japanese market while the Jimny is for the markets elsewhere. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Sierra’s features won’t be available in other markets, but it’s just the name. The visual difference between the two variants is that the Sierra wears a more serious look with chunkier bumpers, flared wheel arches and some body cladding.
The new Jimny is built on a newly-developed ladder frame chassis with front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. It gets part-time 4WD (AllGrip Pro) with low range transfer case. As for the suspension, the mini SUV gets a 3-link rigid axle with coil springs. Brake LSD (limited slip-differential) traction control is standard on all variants.
Exterior features include LED headlamps with washers, drip rail to prevent water from dripping off the roof, and angled bumper edges for assured climbing over obstacles.
The fresh interiors feature twin-pod instrument cluster, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, storage spaces for mobile devices, cup/bottle holders and charging ports. The rear seats can be folded for a completely flat luggage space (830-litres).
Safety features include Auto Emergency Braking (which uses a camera and a laser sensor—to determine if there is a risk of collision), High Beam Assist, Weaving Alert (drowsiness/fatigue detection), Lane Departure Warning and Traffic sign recognition.
Other assistance features include Hill Hold Control and Hill Descent Control.
Powering the new Jimny is a newly developed 1.5-litre (1,462 cc) 4-cylinder K15B petrol engine that develops 102 hp (75 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm (96 lb-ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm. Transmission is a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. As mentioned earlier, the Jimny is a 4WD with low range transfer case. It features 4L mode for maximum torque and traction.
There is also a small 0.66L 3-cylinder R06A turbo petrol engine on offer (Japan exclusive).
Watch the official introduction video below –