New photos of the 'global' Suzuki Jimny Sierra from dealerships

New photos of the 'global' Suzuki Jimny Sierra from dealerships

It seems likely the new Jimny will cost more than the £13k starting point of the current Jimny. The fourth-generation Jimny minicar's look recalls the boxy design of the first model from the 1970s.

Up until now the future of the Jimny in terms of the new auto market in Australia was a bit hazy.

Starting with the Kei-specced Jimny, as the Kei norms in Japan, the vehicle will house a 0.7-litre, three-cylinder 658cc petrol engine that produces a 64PS of max power and 96Nm of maximum torque. It can churn out 101PS of max power and 130Nm of max torque. That petrol power plant will be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.


As diminutive as it is (3480mm overall on a 2250mm wheelbase, 1645mm wide and 1725 high) the new Jimny still has a separate ladder frame and old-school rigid axles - albeit with coil springs all round - and it is still one of the most ruggedly built beetle-crushers on the planet. Just one you could nearly carry in your pocket. Short overhangs front and rear make for an approach angle of 37 degrees and a departure angle of 49 degrees. However, the overall design remains chunky, with function favoured over form, to enable users to operate controls and buttons even while wearing gloves. There's also Suzuki's familiar Bluetooth Smartphone Linkage Display Audio unit with a 7-inch touchscreen on top models.

Despite its small dimension it should be reasonably practical with a 377 litre boot once the rear seats are folded. Five utility screw holes are available on each side under the quarter windows along with four luggage hook screw holes around the floor area. New safety systems have also been added including automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and traffic sign detection, the latter being a first for any Suzuki model. If you are a fan of Maruti/Suzuki's philosophy of tackling off-road terrain - combine a lightweight, but tough chassis with a high-revving petrol engine and a simple but effective off-road drivetrain -, the Jimny should rank high on your list. 4H activates the four-wheel-drive system and 4L brings in the low-range 'box for the most challenging off-road conditions.

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