By Jimny! It’s back

Heading for half a century of making these crafty little on/off-roaders.

Heading for half a century of making these crafty little on/off-roaders.

SUZUKI know how to make small vehicles, everybody knows that, but even the renowned Japanese car maker has something of a hidden gem in its small SUV off-roader, the Jimny.

It is not that the Jimny is exactly new — it has been around since 1970 and was given its present name more than 40 years ago.

But Suzuki is a company that has never stood still and has constantly tweaked and improved the Jimny to the extent that you now have a vehicle that is equally at home on a farm track or in heavy urban traffic — where incidentally you won’t have any trouble parking it.

It rides high and has a striking profile. Looking like some kind of mini Jeep, it really does catch the eye and say “I am really something different.”

The Jimny has a willing and economical little four- cylinder engine with 63kW of power and maximum torque of 110 Nm.

The test-drive vehicle, the basic JX had a five-speed manual transmission. The other model, the Sierra, has the choice of an automatic transmission to go with extras like roof rails and air conditioning.

Both the manual and automatic versions of the Jimny can give a very attractive fuel consumption figure of 7.1 litres/100 kms.

The Jimny is built around a sturdy ladder frame, which both stabilises the ride and absorbs the shock from any terrain, however rough. The safety levels of the Jimny will particularly catch the eye of rural customers who really need to get where the going is hard.

The package includes an anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control, traction control, dual SBS airbags and crumple zones.

Measures you cannot see include the way the Jimny’s body and frame are designed to absorb the force of a frontal collision and spread it away from the occupants with CAER (computer aided engineering.) Side door beams also help maintain cabin integrity.

Although it is a two-door vehicle, the Jimny is easy to get into and out of while multi-folding front and rear seats can be used to adapt it to a wide variety of cargos.

Many people see the Jimny as an alternative to a four-wheel bike. It can do everything needed for a rural owner and be there for a commute into town when you want to save using a larger vehicle.

Most of all, the Jimny is a fun vehicle, easy to drive, easy to handle and something really different.

Suzuki know this. They just keep rolling them out.

SUZUKI know how to make small vehicles, everybody knows that, but even the renowned Japanese car maker has something of a hidden gem in its small SUV off-roader, the Jimny.

It is not that the Jimny is exactly new — it has been around since 1970 and was given its present name more than 40 years ago.

But Suzuki is a company that has never stood still and has constantly tweaked and improved the Jimny to the extent that you now have a vehicle that is equally at home on a farm track or in heavy urban traffic — where incidentally you won’t have any trouble parking it.

It rides high and has a striking profile. Looking like some kind of mini Jeep, it really does catch the eye and say “I am really something different.”

The Jimny has a willing and economical little four- cylinder engine with 63kW of power and maximum torque of 110 Nm.

The test-drive vehicle, the basic JX had a five-speed manual transmission. The other model, the Sierra, has the choice of an automatic transmission to go with extras like roof rails and air conditioning.

Both the manual and automatic versions of the Jimny can give a very attractive fuel consumption figure of 7.1 litres/100 kms.

The Jimny is built around a sturdy ladder frame, which both stabilises the ride and absorbs the shock from any terrain, however rough. The safety levels of the Jimny will particularly catch the eye of rural customers who really need to get where the going is hard.

The package includes an anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control, traction control, dual SBS airbags and crumple zones.

Measures you cannot see include the way the Jimny’s body and frame are designed to absorb the force of a frontal collision and spread it away from the occupants with CAER (computer aided engineering.) Side door beams also help maintain cabin integrity.

Although it is a two-door vehicle, the Jimny is easy to get into and out of while multi-folding front and rear seats can be used to adapt it to a wide variety of cargos.

Many people see the Jimny as an alternative to a four-wheel bike. It can do everything needed for a rural owner and be there for a commute into town when you want to save using a larger vehicle.

Most of all, the Jimny is a fun vehicle, easy to drive, easy to handle and something really different.

Suzuki know this. They just keep rolling them out.

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