Suzuki’s Jimny Estate has received a facelift with a new engine and interior, although prices remain unchanged.
The new Euro IV-compliant 16-valve 1.3 litre engine features variable valve timing, leading to a slight increase in output from 80 bhp to 84 bhp, while the 81 lb ft of torque is now delivered at 4,100 rpm, to give a flatter torque curve – near maximum torque is provided from as low as 2500 rpm – and improved flexibility. It’s complemented by brand-new 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions, offering slicker changes and revised ratios.
Combined cycle consumption improves from 36.2 to 38.7 mpg and carbon dioxide emissions are down from 184 to 174 g/km (automatic from 34.9 to 36.2 mpg and 189 to 184 g/km respectively). The manual Jimny is also quicker to 62 mph, down from 16.8 to 14.1 seconds.
Inside, it’s all change, with new fabrics and finishes, new front and rear seat designs providing greater support and comfort, and a new steering wheel and fresh instrument panel featuring red illumination. Automatic transmission equipped models get a new centre console and gear selector gate, while both manual and automatic models now feature push button selection of the four-wheel drive system, located below the heating controls. This replaces the separate lever previously positioned behind the main gearshift. Finally, a new CD audio unit is fully integrated within the new dash.
From the outside the latest Jimny can be distinguished by its new five-spoke alloy wheels and fog lamps set into the front bumper, both now fitted as standard rather than an option. The central locking system also features remote operation as standard for the first time.
Standard equipment includes power steering, front electric windows, electric mirrors, radio/CD player, ABS and EBD, selectable four-wheel drive with high and low ratios and automatic free wheeling hubs, front seatbelt pretensioners and driver and front passenger airbags.
Prices start at £9,999 on the road for the manual transmission model and £10,782 for the automatic. It’s available in a choice of six new colours, with metallic paints carrying a £275 premium: Blueish Black Pearl; Cool Beige Metallic; Kashmir Blue Pearl Metallic; Bright Red; Grove Green Pearl Metallic; and Silky Silver Metallic.