The 2019 Suzuki Jimny replaces a much-admired design that’s more than 20 years old, but fear not—the new 4×4 carries over everything that made its predecessors so rugged.
Chief among these are the compact SUV’s ladder chassis and coil-sprung, three-link front and rear solid-axle suspension. Unlike the Suzuki Vitara, which morphed into an all-wheel-drive subcompact crossover when it was redesigned for 2018, the Jimny retains part-time four-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case.
Wrapped around that rugged frame will be familiar styling. The 2019 Jimny looks as though it was designed using a T-square, with the only circles in the design being the wheels and headlights. Those headlights (and matching circular turn signals) are said to be a throwback to the first-generation Jimny, which debuted in 1970.
The Jimny retains its predecessor’s slatted grille and faux vents at the base of the A-pillar recall that old Samurai.
Suzuki touts the new Jimny’s heritage-inspired design as a boon in off-road driving—a flat hood and sharp bodysides aid in guiding the vehicle around obstacles, and upright pillars enhance visibility without compromising structural integrity.
The Euro-market Suzuki Jimny will be powered by a 1.5L 16-valve I-4 producing 101 hp at 6,000 rpm and 96 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. Those numbers are indeed modest, but the Suzuki Jimny weighs just 2,500 pounds, so performance should be on the slow side of adequate. This should get owners decent fuel economy, which is one of the Jimny’s longstanding virtues.
Backed up to that engine is a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic—please, if you’re in the market for a Jimny, go for the manual and preserve the rugged SUV’s crunchy-granola goodness. The manual also gets you a slightly higher top speed, at 90 mph. The auto is limited to 87 mph.
The 2019 Jimny does a bit of a quantum leap into modern times when it comes to safety. The new SUV will come with automated emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane departure prevention, six airbags, and electronic stability control.
Source: fourwheeler.com and Suzuki