Why the new Jimny is the ultimate underdog SUV
What happens when a Mercedes G-Class has a baby with a Land Rover Defender? You get a Suzuki Jimny. The new Jimny is so popular that people in Japan are having to wait until next year to pick up their ordered cars. Why? Its retro go-anywhere appeal seems to be very popular and if that doesn't persuade you, the price tag will.
The previous generation Jimny could quite comfortably keep up with a Land Rover Defender over rough terrain and this new model is no different. With its superb four wheel drive system, the Jimny is a versatile little car that can sail over some of the roughest ground. The lower body and bumpers are designed to be scratch-resistant so that you don't have to worry about your paint job as you navigate rocks and hills. The Jimny also sits up nice and high up, meaning you won't rip parts of the car off when tackling steep slopes.
What's under the bonnet?
The new Jimny has a ultra lightweight 1.5L petrol engine that's powered through a 5-speed manual, or a 4 speed automatic gearbox. The new engine has 100 horsepower, along with Suzuki's clever ALLGRIP PRO four-wheel drive system that gives you the choice of three drive modes depending on what type of driving you're doing. This includes high and low ranges to help you over difficult terrain or slippery surfaces.
63 MPG is achievable with the manual gearbox, whilst the automatic will only return up to 37.6 MPG.
Inside the Jimny
Standard tech includes Bluetooth for smartphone compatibility, a 7" touchscreen, hill-descent control and hill-hold control as standard. Inside is littered with storage spaces and the driver controls have been designed so that they can be operated whilst wearing gloves.
The boot is a miniature 53 litres but this increases to an impressive 377 litres when the two rear seats are folded down. They can fold completely flat, and are coated in a tough, hard-wearing plastic that can be wiped down easily if it gets a little muddy out there.
How much is this adorable little off-roader?
The price hasn't been announced yet, but it's expected to cost anywhere from £13,000-£15,000 and so could be a very popular car for someone who wants an affordable yet capable 4x4.