2020 Suzuki Jimny Photos – 2020 Suzuki Jimny
Expectations are ample for both vehicles, but our quick appointment to the Tokyo Motor Show reminded us how simple it all could be if we aloof attending to what’s accessible in added lands. The Suzuki Jimny isn’t new this year, it launched in Japan in the summer of 2018, but it’s auspicious to see it in the metal and in the ambience of the Defender and the advancing Ford Bronco.
Suzuki’s bunched is accessible in two sizes—the accepted Jimny and export-friendly, all-around bazaar Jimny Sierra, as apparent in highlighter yellow. Both allotment the aforementioned 88.6-inch wheelbase, but the accepted Jimny is appreciably added compact, barometer 133.7 inches continued by 58.1 inches advanced by 67.9 inches tall. Depending on configuration, the consign adaptation Sierra is up to 10.0 inches longer, up to 6.7 inches wider, and a skosh (0.3-inch) taller.
To put the Jimny’s admeasurement in perspective, Renegade, the aboriginal Jeep accessible in the U.S., is 166.6 inches long, 74.2 inches wide, and 66.5 inches alpine with a 101.2-inch wheelbase. The two-door Land Rover Defender 90 is 180.4 inches continued with the additional caster army (171.8 without) and has a wheelbase of 101.9 inches. It’s additionally appreciably taller (77.5 inches) and added (82.9), but additionally has a six-passenger agreement (front bank bench yo), compared to the Jimny four-seat configuration.
Why is the Jimny so little? Because the accepted archetypal is awash as a kei-car in Japan, which agency it charge accommodate to banned on size, basement (a best of four), agent displacement (660 cc), and application (64 hp max). This explains why the JDM Jimny comes with a 0.658-liter turbocharged inline-three-cylinder agent authoritative 63 U.S. application and 70 lb-ft of torque. For consign markets, the above Jimny Sierra is powered by a 1.5-liter I-4 that makes about 100 application and 95 lb-ft.
Sound like Jeep CJ2 and Land Rover Series 2 affectionate of numbers? Yep—the Jimny is as old-school as it gets—from its body-on-frame anatomy to the solid advanced and rear axles. A five-speed chiral comes standard, but there is an alternative four-speed automatic; both are affiliated to an honest-to-goodness, lever-engaged AWD arrangement with low range.
If you’re attractive for the latest in aerial tech, attending elsewhere; Jimny does not affliction about your Android Auto or Apple CarPlay needs. While it has a adorned touchscreen infotainment system, the abject stereo has two door-mounted speakersâone for anniversary of your ears. Should you charge more, you can bifold bottomward on the accomplished trim, which adds two added for the rear passengers, forth with accepted A/C and cruise control. Power windows and aperture locks are accepted above the range.
Others may not acquisition such basal accessories appealing, but we do and so do our friends. We texted the shots you see here, including those of the undercarriage, to a brace of 4×4 experts, and got thumbs up above the board.
“Very nice, solid axles, advanced ambit arm abeyance actual agnate to 80-series Land Cruisers or earlier Ambit Rovers. I bet that’s a fun little 4×4,” said Fred Williams, host of Dirt Every Day.
“What’s not to adulation about a aboriginal old-school micro 4×4 with a brace of alive axles, flexy braid springs, and crazy abysmal gearing? Totally accessible to adapt in your driveway—probably could do all the abstraction in an average-sized bathroom,” said barter able Mark Williams (no affiliation to Fred).
Is the Jimny perfect? No. Most ambiguous is its assurance rating. In Euro NCAP testing, the Jimny alone managed 3 out of 5 stars, with alone an “adequate” appraisement for developed occupants. There has additionally been criticism about its artery ride comfort—understandable for such a abbreviate wheelbase, live-axle-equipped off-roader.
Safety and ride affection issues aside, affairs are above abbreviate that we’ll anytime see a new Jimny awash in America as Suzuki chock-full affairs cars in the U.S. in backward 2012. Still, we can dream—mainly that Ford’s Bronco artefact planners accept taken a adamantine attending at lil’ Jimny.