It’s officially official. The new Jimny has had more leaks than the Titanic after it slammed into an iceberg, so we already know so much about it. In the face of all of this, Suzuki Australia has now confirmed what we already kind of knew: it’s coming to Australia.
The new Jimny will have some new tech additions not seen previously on the Jimny – Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Assist will be standard, and you’ll have a more complete infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There’s also high-beam assist, six airbags and electronic stability control.
There is something else called ALLGRIP PRO that Suzuki talk about, but we don’t know anything more about that just yet. We’re thinking it might be an ABS system tuned for off-road traction control.
What about the mechanics? A lot of that has stayed the same: three-link coil-sprung lives axles front and rear, using the same trailing arm design the Jimny started with back in 1998. Leaked documents that we found last issue have been confirmed by Suzuki: a new 1.5-litre ‘K15B’ engine, which makes 77kW @ 6000rpm and 138Nm @ 4400rpm. Running through five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox and with a transfer case, it will be zippy enough to keep a giant grin plastered over your face.
Another interesting thing we have picked up on is the LSD rear end – a first for the Jimny/Sierra lineage, and a high-pinion front differential for better off-road ground clearance.
We’re expecting pricing to be not much more than $20,000, roughly where the old Jimny was. It’s small, and very exciting. If it hasn’t already, we reckon this will make just about every other 4WD on the market look and feel decidedly boring.