New Suzuki Jimny launched in Japan, to arrive in other markets soon

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While the Suzuki Jimny is priced in Japan from JPY 14,58,000 to JPY 19,06,200 ( ₹ 9.06 lakh - ₹ 11.85 lakh), the Jimny Sierra is priced in the range of JPY 17,60,400 to JPY 20,62,800 JPY ( ₹ 10.94 lakh - ₹ 12.82 lakh) respectively.

Replacing the 1.3-liter that we've found underpowered in our test drive of the previous generation, the 1.5-liter in the all-new Jimny delivers "ample torque at low revolutions". The global variant, Jimny Sierra, comes loaded with a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder 1,460cc engine.

Suzuki has revealed the European spec for the new Jimny. The model, as reported earlier, will be sold with a 660cc petrol motor for the Japanese domestic market.

Coming as standard with a five-speed manual transmission, the K15C is 15 percent lighter than the M13AA from yesteryear. Depending on the gearbox fitted, the Jimny will have a top speed of 90mph with the manual and 87mph with the automatic. The drivetrain can be configured three ways - 2H driving the Jimny's front wheels, 4H activating the four-wheel-drive system, and 4L activating the low range transfer gear for the harshest off-road conditions. Adding to the off-road character of the Jimny, the rear axle of the mini-SUV benefits from three-link suspension with coil springs.

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. Much of the design appears similar to that applied to the latest Mercedes-Benz G-class, such as the squared-off wheel arches and tail-lights located low on the bumper.

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Suzuki says the interior has been designed with function and form with all controls usable while wearing gloves.

Coming to safety features, the vehicle gets front and side airbags, a seat belt reminder system for all occupants, radar-based collision assistant, high beam assist, lane departure assist and traffic sign recognition among others.

With the rear seats in place the new Jimny boasts 85 litres of bootspace, though this expands to 377 litres with the rear bench folded flat - 53 litres larger than before, and totally flat too.

The auto measures 3,480 mm in length, 1,645 mm in width and 1,725 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,250 mm.

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