Suzuki has updated its Jimny, hoping to bolster sales of the dainty off-road vehicle. The most notable upgrade is the addition of an automatic transmission.
The introduction of a four-speed automatic transmission option for the Jimny will please owners seeking two-pedal convenience, especially in urban traffic conditions, while also making access to the Jimny’s legendary off-road capability even easier.
The updated Jimny is still powered by a lively and economical 1 328 cc four-cylinder engine, with a maximum power output of 63 kW at 6 000 r/min, and a torque peak of 110 Nm at 4 100 r/min. As with the manual gearbox version, the automatic transmission is still partnered by a transfer case offering low-range operation for almost unstoppable traversability over the roughest and most challenging terrain.
The Jimny’s colour palette has been revised, and now includes two new choices: Bison Brown, and Khaki Pearl Metallic. Standard features include remote central locking, a CD-player, electric windows and air-conditioning. Safety features include dual front airbags, head restraints, inertia reel seatbelts, and ABS anti-lock brakes.
The cabin has also been spruced up, with an all-new instrument cluster. The Jimny’s interior features upgraded seat upholstery aimed at boosting both comfort and durability, while a new steering wheel design has also been introduced. Both the manual and automatic transmission-equipped versions of the Jimny are covered by a three-year/100 000 km warranty, as well as a four-year/60 000 km service plan.
Prices start at R219 900 for the manual 1.3i and R234 900 for the automatic.
–Ignition Live Reporter