The 5 things we know about the 2019 Suzuki Jimny

Ruben Fields
July 8, 2018

The new Jimny will go on sale in the United Kingdom next year, and we'll see full United Kingdom pricing and specifications closer to release. The signature round headlights remain, though, as well as other design cues from past models - including the five-slot front grille and horizonal slits in the bonnet. The insides of Suzuki Jimny get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a multi-function three-spoke steering wheel, automatic climate control, digital driver information display, among other things.

At 3,645mm from the front bumper to the spare wheel cover the new Jimny is exactly the same length as before.

Despite its small dimension it should be reasonably practical with a 377 litre boot once the rear seats are folded.

Suzuki's only confirmed one engine for the European market and surprisingly, it's not one of the firm's excellent BoosterJet turbocharged units.

Suzuki has also squashed at least one of the rumours that have been buzzing around the cybergarage by specifying only one engine choice for the global market outside Japan - a 1462cc, naturally-aspirated DOHC 16-valve long-stroke petrol four rated for 75kW at 6000 revs and 130Nm at 4000rpm - an nearly 20 percent improvement on the 1.3-litre current model's 63kW and 110Nm. This is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic transmission. CO2 stands at 154g/km and 170g/km respectively.

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Ground clearance comes in at 210 mm, while the latest-generation model boasts an approach angle of 37 degrees, a breakover angle of 28 degrees and a departure angle of 49 degrees.

While it has a ladder-frame chassic, Suzuki says it has worked on the new Jimny's on-road handling with a new steering damper on the front suspension, created to minimise steering wheel vibration.

The four-wheel drive system in the Jimny can be switched between two-wheel and four-wheel drive alongside the low range transfer gear that offers more torque to aid with traction on slopes. It also gets three-link rigid axle suspension for off-road agility.

There's also modern safety stuff like Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure and High Beam Assist as well as Hill Hold and Descent Control and Traffic Sign Recognition.

Full UK equipment and prices will arrive closer to the Jimny going on sale here next year.

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