Ever since the first Suzuki Jimny made its global debut in April 1970, it has been a Samurai masterpiece of Suzuki’s 4WD technology. It is the one and only authentic off-roader that is small and lightweight, but still retains its core off-road performance desired by professionals. Two decades have passed since the third-generation model made its debut in 1998 and the Jimny has now evolved to its fourth generation in almost 50 years of history.
The all-new Jimny now has even more functionality and practicality on both its appearance and performance while still fully embodying the spirit of its much-loved predecessors and its core concept of being the “one-and-only, small, lightweight 4WD vehicle”. The new model crafts together simplicity, functional beauty and 4WD technology that leave both off-road professionals and city-users wanting more.
Simple and beautiful, the new Jimny is built to express off-road functionality. Its square-shaped body promotes better situational awareness and flat clamshell bonnet enhances visibility. Engineered for professionals, there is no compromise in its exterior design.
In the new Jimny, there is little to distract from driving. Its stylish black interior is humble yet handsome, and controls are designed for quick and easy operation even when wearing gloves. Every detail is thoughtfully and attractively crafted to support the serious off-road characteristics of the new model.
The new Jimny stays true to its character, inheriting its four core characteristics: ladder frame, “three angles” (Approach, Ramp break over and Departure angles), 3-link rigid axle coil sprung suspension and four-wheel drive with low range transfer gear. Designed for professionals, it features ALLGRIP PRO.
The beauty of simplicity and off-road functionality are both realized with its robust exterior. Its strong square body expresses its off-road ability and robustness as well as assisting with the driver’s situational awareness. The more upright A-pillars and flat clamshell bonnet enhance visibility from the windscreen, while the dipped driver and passenger window lines provide good visibility from the side windows. The front grille is simple and black, highlighting the round signature headlamps, with 15-inch dark-metallic alloy wheels accentuating the strong exterior even more.
Other exterior features include drip rails on the roof edges which prevent water ingress into the cabin when opening or closing a door, wheel arch extensions and side sill covers that protect the body from stone chips. In harsh winter conditions, the flat roof enables easy snow removal and the vertical design side and quarter windows help prevent snow from building up. The rear lamps are now gathered on the bumper to achieve a simplistic design and contribute to a wider rear door opening.
Six body colors will be available at launch including a new color developed exclusively for the new Jimny: a high-visibility “Kinetic Yellow” designed to stand out in bad weather or when in use on rough ground worksites. Many design elements were inherited from past Suzuki legends, creating a familiar yet distinct Jimny look.
Straightforward, practical and down-to-earth, every detail is carefully crafted to realize an attractive yet functional interior. The handsome black interior is without excessive colors or decoration to minimize distraction and lets the driver concentrate on maneuvering the vehicle. The horizontal lines defined by the instrument panel, and the vertical lines characterized by the meter cluster and center console panels help the driver recognize the angle of the vehicle in rough and mountainous terrain. Despite the shorter overall length, the interior offers more space for the driver and passengers from a 40mm increase in the front and rear seat hip points. The square body also contributes to a more comfortable interior too.
Everything surrounding the driver and front passenger is built for professional use. Crafted for carefree dependability, the instrument panel and surrounding parts have a scratch and stain-resistant grained finish, and the grip and switches are easy to operate so that it can be handled in off-road conditions as well as when wearing gloves. The instruments are set in cubic housings that are permanently lit for clear viewing on and off-road and when the vehicle passes between sunlit and shaded areas. For intuitive operation of the audio system, a Bluetooth®-compatible Smartphone Linkage Display Audio unit with a 7-inch infrared touchscreen is fitted on the SZ5 model.
The front seat cushion frames are 70mm wider than the previous model to help absorb shock better when driving across rough terrain and the sliding range of the front seats is 240mm which is 45mm higher than before to enable more leg room for a taller driver. The front seats now have a greater range of adjustment and can now be folded fully flat for relaxing or loading larger objects.
The rear luggage space can be expanded by folding the rear seats, creating a 377 liter luggage space which is 53 liters larger than its predecessor. The rear seats now fold fully flat and the quarter trims and seats have been carefully designed to increase storage width. The backs of the rear seats and luggage room floor are coated with plastic for easy removal of dirt or stains and five hook points are fitted on each side under the quarter windows along with four luggage hooks around the floor area for flexible usage of luggage space.
The new Jimny offers a much higher level of equipment than the previous model and SZ4 offers selectable 4WD with low ratio transfer, Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS), Air Conditioning, CD Tuner, Bluetooth connectivity, Cruise Control and front fog lamps. Moving up to SZ5 adds 15-inch alloy wheels, LED Headlights, Climate Control, Navigation with Smartphone link, rear privacy glass, heated front seats and body colored door handles.
Authentic off-roaders must be tough enough to handle the harshest conditions. From its ladder frame structure to its 1.5-liter engine, the new Jimny is built for rough-road adventures. But on-road ability was not compromised, with the higher torsional rigidity of the ladder frame providing a more comfortable ride on the road, and newly equipped steering damper on the front suspension minimizing steering wheel vibration and kickback. Whether navigating the urban jungle or exploring off the beaten track, the Jimny is sure to satisfy adventurous minds. The Jimny incorporates the four essentials for serious off-roading – a ladder frame, the three excellent clearance angles, 3-link rigid axle suspension with coil spring and part-time 4WD with low range transfer gear. Designed for professionals, it features ALLGRIP PRO.
The eight rubber body mounts positioned between the ladder frame and upper body have been redesigned to enhance both ride comfort and ride stability. The diameter of the front stabilizer has been increased for improved ride comfort and less body roll during cornering. The new Jimny is one of the few authentic off-roaders equipped with a rigid axle for both front and rear. The front axle housing is now constructed of more robust high tensile steel and the rear axle housing is larger diameter with 30 per cent higher flexural strength for greater durability. The new Jimny can be switched from 2H ( two wheel drive – High) and 4H (four wheel drive – high) at speeds of up to 62mph and from from 4H to 4L when at a complete stop.
The ladder frame structure provides a solid base for suspension components when driving off-road and also helps protect the vehicle body even on bumpy surfaces. For the new Jimny, a new “x-member” and two additional cross members have been added for further reinforcement and increased torsional rigidity. The ample approach angle of 37 degrees, ramp break over angle of 28 degrees and departure angle of 49 degrees enables the Jimny to climb over obstacles and steep hills without the risk of scraping its bumpers or underbody.
Rigid axle suspensions thrive in bumpy off-road driving. When one wheel is pushed upward by an obstacle, the connected wheel on the other side is pressed downward, giving superior grip on uneven terrain. The Jimny equips the rigid axle suspension layout on both the front and rear, allowing it to travel evenly on rough roads. Jimny features a part-time 4WD system with low range transfer gear, which can be easily switched from 2H (2WD-high gear), 4H (4WD-high gear) and 4L (4WD-low gear) modes by a manually operated shift lever directly connected to the transfer gear. Compared to the 4H mode, the 4L mode can transfer more torque to the wheels when in lower gears offering better traction on steep slopes and rough terrain.
When two wheels diagonal from each other lose traction, the Jimny’s brake LSD traction control automatically brakes the slipping wheels to redistribute torque to the other side and allow the vehicle to gain traction. This system allows the Jimny to escape slippery surfaces as well as bumpy rough roads that could vary on the right and left sides. The former 1.3-liter engine is replaced by a 1.5-liter unit in the new Jimny. It delivers higher torque than its predecessor with ample torque available at low revolutions which enhances driving performance especially while driving off-road where a low engine speed is often needed. Despite the increased displacement, it has smaller overall dimensions than the engine it replaces, with 15 per cent reduced weight, contributing to enhanced fuel efficiency.
The 5-speed manual transmission has optimized gear ratios for the new engine and also offers better fuel efficiency. The shift lever has been redesigned to reduce vibration, and also provides a more solid and direct feeling when changing gears. The four-speed automatic transmission has also been redesigned to offer less friction and better fuel economy. The shift pattern has been changed from the former gate type to the straight (aligned) type to simplify operation.
Suzuki Safety Support is Suzuki’s preventative safety technology that helps the driver avoid accidents and supports the driver to have peace of mind during every day driving. Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) is fitted as standard which operates if the system determines that there is a risk of collision with a forward vehicle or pedestrian. If activated, it issues an audio and visual warning, increases braking force, or applies autonomous emergency braking depending on the situation to help avoid a collision or reduce damage. Other functions included as standard equipment for new Jimny include Lane Departure Warning and weaving alert function which help the driver stay alert, and high beam assist supports relaxing and courteous night driving by automatically switching the high and low beams at speeds of 25mph and above.
In the new Jimny, traffic sign recognition monitors the road ahead for traffic signs. When it detects road signs such as speed limits or no passing zones, it displays the sign on the meter display to help the driver remember which road signs the car has passed. For additional traffic signs showing supplementary information, a blank box is displayed under the main traffic sign to inform the driver. The new Jimny is the first Suzuki model to adopt this system. The original concept of the Jimny series was to develop a 4WD mini-car that can take on rough roads and go to places that cars couldn’t go in the past. The car has been sold as the Samurai, Caribbean and Sierra in different countries and regions throughout the world. The Jimny model series has achieved over 2,854,000 accumulated sales worldwide and has been sold in 194 countries and regions for almost 50 years. The new Jimny will continue to support outdoor professionals and captivate on and off-road adventurers.