The New Suzuki Jimny Is Where It's At

Forget the G-Wagen. After twenty long years, Suzuki is finally ready with a brand new Jimny. And this box on a ladder frame, well, we like it a lot.

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The new Jimny seems to be the lime in our lemonade this summer, especially now that we know that the new G-Wagen is nothing like the original diesel workhorse. Why? Because next to having an independent front suspension in the name of road comfort, it's also wider, longer, and more luxurious than the people at Austria's Steyr-Daimler-Puch (now Magna Steyr) could have ever foreseen. In fact, the Gs became so fancy that it almost feels wrong to scratch their metallic paint jobs. And what exactly is the point of spending so much money on an otherwise capable off-roader when you don't even intend to go on an adventure with it?

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That's where Suzuki's compact, lightweight, and equally boxy 2019 Jimny comes in. It's the perfect go everywhere donkey that now also has the looks for your local boulevard.

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Available in eight colors at launch, the new Jimny is a breath of fresh air after two decades of not thinking about the third-generation car. Frankly, Suzuki's first "jeep" in 1970 was a two-stroke, hard working deathtrap, while the second-generation "Samurai" has had a cult following since its launch in 1981.

To cover all fronts, the 2019 Jimny comes on a ladder frame with 3-link solid axles and part-time 4WD with a low range transfer gear.

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No wonder this compact off-roader plays a huge part in Suzuki's plans to increase European sales from 245,000 vehicles to 300,000, which would grant it a 1.5 percent market share on the oldest of continents. But the world for Suzuki doesn't stop there, so while the JDM market is looking at engines as tiny as 660cc, export models can get both 1.2 and 1.5 liter naturally aspirated gas engines, or a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder. Suzuki will pair those with five-speed manuals or four-speed automatics, while wheel choices will include 15 and 16-inch alloys.

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And for a touch of modernity, the list of other goodies includes air conditioning, cruise control, push-button start, a multi-function steering wheel, and autonomous emergency braking.

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Now, if only the Jimny could justify Suzuki's return to the United States...

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