Due to the value-for-money factor and remarkable reliability, Suzuki’s compact car options have become hugely popular in a short space of time. Their Jimny has been around since 1998 and will be seeing its third generation hit showroom floors in the last quarter of 2018 – and if the design is any indication, it’s going to get some heads turning.
Although it’s always had an angular, boxy aesthetic, the design of the new model looks a lot more contemporary – especially due to some features seemingly being borrowed from other iconic off-road models from other brands. There’s a little bit of Hummer in the grill, elements of Toyota’s FJ Cruiser in its bonnet shape, and the overall lines of the body are strongly reminiscent of Jeep’s Wrangler.
A new engine is expected to make an appearance, too; a 1.5 litre that will produce 75kW and 130Nm of torque – paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox. A part-time 4-wheel drive system will also be fitted into the new model, so it has some legitimate off-road capability to boast about, much like its predecessor.
Some safety tech will also make an appearance – forward collision alert, high beam assist, lane departure warning, and traffic sign recognition are all planned inclusions.
The interior has also received a major upgrade, with a far more modern layout and materials, as well as a touchscreen infotainment system being on the cards – although it hasn’t been confirmed for the SA market yet.
In keeping with their good reputation, Suzuki is delivering a reliable, well-equipped off-roader that won’t require a second mortgage to afford. Be on the lookout for more details as SA specs become available!