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Suzuki Jimny GLX

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Every journey starts with a Jimny
Thanks to the unique dimensions of the Suzuki Jimny, it is able to effortlessly manoeuvre in and out of tight spaces where larger vehicles wouldn’t dare to even try. The featherweight nature of the vehicle means that it can also trek across any terrain and up the steepest inclines. Its purposeful off-road design is practical and leaves no doubt what it can do.

The Concept
The Jimny is small, lightweight 4x4 perfect for an adventurous individual who likes to frequently escape the stressful city life. Housing four seats, it is able to comfortably tag along a few friends on the journey – but know this little bundle of fun is not for luxury; it’s for making memories.

The Look
The new Jimny looks even more rough-and-ready than before. Designers have managed to make this car look both fiercely capable as well as keeping its rather cute demeanour. It rides on 15-inch alloy wheels, has the characteristic boxy shape and flat roof ala-Willys jeep, and familiar round headlights to seal the retro-chic vibe. The five-slot black grille is distinctive, and the black cladding around the wheels emphasise the Jimny’s ability to walk on the wild side.

The Feel
Inside the Jimny you’ll find a very functional cabin – the one thing this little off-roader doesn’t pretend to be is luxurious. There’s no leather panelling or deep, recessed seats; this is all about practicality and taking on the rough road. Still, it’s relatively comfortable, with the necessities at hand. Upholstery is in hard-wearing cloth, and there’s enough space up front for even taller passengers. A scattering of convenient pockets and trays are also included to ensure you have somewhere to put your knick knacks. The rear seats are only spacious enough for two, and although they can be folded perfectly flat for cargo space in the bag, mean there is no boot space to speak of if they’re upright. There’s a sense of adventure to all of this, though – the Jimny wants you to forget being responsible and throw caution to the wind… let’s go!

The Features
Although mostly devoid of luxury items, the basics are covered in the Jimny nonetheless. A seven-inch touchscreen has been equipped with AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, an SD card slot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto as well as MirrorLink. Air conditioning, cruise control and two 12V power sockets (one in the front and one in the rear) are also incorporated. Safety features include ABS, EBD, Stability Control, Hill Decent Control, driver and co-driver airbags and 2 ISOFIX anchors. The High Beam Assist feature will automatically shift the headlights between high and low beam to suit the surrounding environment and vehicles, while hold control allows you to concentrate on regulating accelerations by preventing rolling backward.

The Drive
Equipped to this little powerhouse is a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 75 kW of power and 130 Nm of torque. There’s also a choice between a five-speed manual and a four-speed auto transmission, both of which manage the daily drive without issue, but more importantly, perform outstandingly on the 4x4 trail. Fuel consumption figures of 6.3-litre per 100 km are noted. Brake Limited Differential (a feature designed to automatically brake and redistribute torque), electronic stability control systems and 210-milimeter ground clearance (a 20-milimeter boost from its predecessor) make this ideal for playing around the trails on the weekend. Due to the Jimny’s ability to comfortably switch between the sporty, off-road 4WD and economical 2WD, each journey what you make of it.

Where to Find It:
Find this jazzy Jimny at www.suzukiauto.co.za

Transcribed by: Nita Stadler
Edited by: Belinda Anderson


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