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Suzuki Jimny confirmed for Australia with 1.5L K15B engine

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Cecil Davis | 08 July, 2018, 15:57

Starting with the Kei-specced Jimny, as the Kei norms in Japan, the auto will house a 0.7-litre, three-cylinder 658cc petrol engine that produces a 64PS of max power and 96Nm of maximum torque.

The company claims that it can churn out a maximum power of 101PS and maximum torque of 130Nm.

It has, however, retained one special feature that has earned it an nearly cult-like following the world over; the extra grunt gets channeled via your choice of either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, and an old-school manual transfer case to either the rear wheels (2H) or all four (4H/4L) as the terrain demands, with automatic individual braking of any wheel that tries to break free (AllGrip Pro).

The all-new Suzuki Jimny is the fourth generation of Suzuki's iconic off-roader. For instance, the round headlights are taken off the original Jimny, while the vertical grille, horizontal slits in the clamshell bonnet and "gathered" rear taillights are all from the second-generation vehicle.

The new SUV's design reflects its 4x4 status, taking influence from earlier Jimnys through the simple, box-shaped body, vertical grille and round headlamps with separate indicators. Dimensions are 3480mm long, 1645mm wide and 1725mm high with a wheelbase of 2250mm.

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An approach angle of 37 degrees, breakover angle of 28 degrees, and departure angle of 49 degrees is how the little mountain goat from Japan stacks up off the beaten path. This betters the old car's 34-degrees (A), 31-degrees (D), and 46-degrees (BO). There's also Suzuki's familiar Bluetooth Smartphone Linkage Display Audio unit with a 7-inch touchscreen on top models.

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. Five utility screw holes are available on each side under the quarter windows along with four luggage hook screw holes around the floor area.

We had a bit of a peek at the new Jimny a few weeks ago, but now Suzuki has delivered more detail ahead of the new Jimny arriving in the United Kingdom in 2019.

Based on European specifications, the Suzuki Jimny will be available with (speed related) autonomous emergency braking but whether that's a feature of the vehicle when it comes to Australia remains to be seen. The new Jimny sticks with low range gear selector for its 4WD system to the former system to maximise its off-road adjustability.

Alongside off-road assistance features such as hill hold and descent control, the new Jimny also gets automatic emergency braking, six airbags, a tyre pressure monitoring system, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and high beam assist.