Watch the new Suzuki Jimny tackle some off-road obstacles!


Watch the new Suzuki Jimny tackle some off-road obstacles!

That all works well off-road, but Suzuki promise the new Jimny will be more forgiving on road with the more rigid ladder frame and steering damper.

The all-new Suzuki Jimny will run a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which replaces the old car's 1.3-litre four-pot. As such, the 101bhp power output and 130Nm of torque are adequate rather than sparkling.

Suzuki has revealed the European spec for the new Jimny. We look forward to doing just that when we get a new Jimny for review. Transmission choices for the Jimny and Jimny Sierra are the same: 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic.

The new fourth-generation Jimny has a tough act to follow. Dimensions are 3480mm long, 1645mm wide and 1725mm high with a wheelbase of 2250mm.

Suzuki says the interior has been designed with function and form with all controls usable while wearing gloves.

Ground clearance comes in at 210 mm, while the latest-generation model boasts an approach angle of 37 degrees, a breakover angle of 28 degrees and a departure angle of 49 degrees. The analogue dials are set in cubic housings and are always lit up for clear viewing on and off-road. Some of the switchgear on the lower part of the centre console is lifted from the Swift, while a seven-inch touchscreen display sits in the middle of the dashboard, complete with Bluetooth and smartphone linking apps.

Inside, the auto comes with 377 litres of boot space - 53 litres more than in the last model - and all the materials used make it easy to maintain if it gets dirty. The rear seats fold down flat with the backs covered in plastic to make cleaning them easier when carrying dirty gear.

Coming to safety features, the vehicle gets front and side airbags, a seat belt reminder system for all occupants, radar-based collision assistant, high beam assist, lane departure assist and traffic sign recognition among others. Additionally, a larger 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine will be seen under its hood as well, which will primarily be sold in markets outside Japan, including Europe. Power is sent to a part-time four-wheel drive system via a transfer case, with a brake-type limited-slip differential to optimise traction.