Suzuki Jimny launched in Japan

New Suzuki Jimny launched in Japan to arrive in other markets soon

But what the Jimny does do is tackle the rough stuff in a way nothing else can - certainly nothing else remotely close to its price - and the new Jimny, due to arrive in the United Kingdom in 2019, promises more of that, but with an added dose of modernity.

Local pricing is yet to be confirmed at this stage, but the all-new Jimny will touchdown on Australian shores in the final quarter of 2018, with sales to commence in early 2019. The car's ground clearance is rated at 210 mm, while its boot space of 85 litres can be expanded to 377 litres with the rear seats folded.

At 3,645mm from the front bumper to the spare wheel cover the new Jimny is exactly the same length as before.

On the inside, the Jimny gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, a dual pod instrument cluster with a central MID, dashboard mounted power window switches and climate control.

The new Suzuki Jimny - arriving in the United Kingdom in 2019 - promises to be as able as the Jimny always has been, but with better dynamics and a new 1.5 litre petrol engine.

Under the bonnet will be a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 100bhp and 130Nm of torque, but despite offering more displacement than the unit found in the previous model, it is 15 per cent lighter to help with fuel efficiency. This is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic transmission. Like its predecessor, the new Jimny is built on a ladder-frame chassis, but it now has additional crossmembers to increase rigidity.

An approach angle of 37 degrees, breakover angle of 28 degrees, and departure angle of 49 degrees is how the little mountain goat from Japan stacks up off the beaten path. The drivetrain can be configured three ways - 2H driving the Jimny's front wheels, 4H activating the four-wheel-drive system, and 4L activating the low range transfer gear for the harshest off-road conditions. It also gets three-link rigid axle suspension for off-road agility. 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. We anticipate a premium on the current car's £12,999 starting tag given the Jimny's new tech, though it should still remain a small, cheap off-roader.

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