Suzuki has revealed European specs for the next generation Jimny, set to go on sale in 2019. Prices in Germany will start from €17,915 (Rs 15,16,737 / US$ 20,922) and it is being viewed as a tiny but capable 4X4. It has been showcased at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.
This is the fourth generation Suzuki Jimny after the first model was introduced in 1970. 11 years later, in 1981 it got its second-gen model (which is still on sale in India as Maruti Gypsy) while the third and most recent generation arrived in 1998. Suzuki Jimny is a small, lightweight four wheel drive vehicle. In its current avatar, it is positioned on a ladder frame chassis, gets three link rigid axle coil spring suspension and new tech features and driver assistance systems.
In terms of feature upgrades, the new gen Jimny is seen with 15” alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, black mirror caps and body colored door handles. Optional extras include metallic paint at €500 and two-tone metallic paint scheme for an additional amount of €330. However, these options are only available on the Comfort+ trim.
Though the Suzuki Jimny gets features such as autonomous emergency braking system and traffic sign recognition system along with the other safety features seen on its earlier counterpart, it has only scored a 3 Star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests.
Interiors are seen with air conditioning, front power windows, heated front seats, adjustable multifunction steering wheel, power mirrors and CD player with MP3 player along with DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
Engine specifications include a 1.5 liter unit which has replaced the 1.3 liter petrol engine seen on the older model. This engine offers 100 bhp power and 95 lb/ft torque at 4,000 rpm mated to a 5 speed manual while a 4 speed auto is also on offer. Average fuel efficiency is at 6.8 liters per 100 km (14.7 kmpl) with CO2 emissions at 154 g/km in manual mode while in automatic mode this goes up to 7.5 liters per 100 km (13.3 kmpl) and 170 g/km CO2.