2019 Suzuki Jimny gets low-range, body-on-frame layout

Suzuki Jimny front three quarter

The 2019 Suzuki Jimny has been revealed, with the no-nonsense lightweight off-roader maintaining its traditional body-on-frame layout.

The styling was uncovered previously when photos leaked from the Suzuki factory, showing the new Jimny’s layout would stick with the traditional ladder-frame chassis.

Of course, this won’t really help it when it comes to crash testing, but the target market for the Jimny most likely won’t be deterred by crash test scores.

Suzuki Jimny interior

Suzuki also confirmed that the diminutive four wheel drive will get a part time 4WD system  (called AllGrip 4×4) with a proper low range transfer case.

This, and the 3-link rigid axle suspension mean it will be very capable in the rough. Suzuki hasn’t said whether the Jimny will get a traction control system, but given the tech is already fitted to other cars in the range, it’s quite possible we’ll see some form of electronic assistance.

If that’s the case, the Jimny will be a formidable machine, taking on challenges vehicles double its size would struggle with. Don’t forget, it only has a 2250mm wheelbase, so its ramp over angle will be excellent.

At 3300mm long, 1475mm wide and 1715mm tall, its compact dimensions mean it won’t be able to carry five passengers and luggage, but it will straddle ruts without an issue.

Suzuki Jimny chassis

Inside, there’s the familiar SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system found in the Swift and Baleno, and a chunky but functional dashboard layout.

Air con will be standard, of course, but higher level variants will get climate control, keyless entry and start and dusk-sensing headlights. Satnav is included in the infotainment system.

Suzuki Jimny rear three quarter

Under the bonnet there will be a couple of options. The first is a 660cc three cylinder turbocharged petrol matched to a five speed manual or four speed automatic, and the second is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four cylinder petrol. The four-cylinder engine gets the same gearbox options as the three-cylinder.

Safety specifications haven’t been released yet, but we can see from the interior pics at least two airbags up front.

Up until March of this year, Suzuki has sold 2.85 million units since 1970, covering 194 countries making the little Suzi one of the most popular off-road machines ever built. And with the new version shaping up to continue the tradition, it should add to that figure quite easily.

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