The new Suzuki Jimny will be priced from £15,499, as first deliveries of Suzuki’s most in-demand car in years commence.
Suzuki will launch it in two high-spec trims, SZ4 and SZ5. It retains the utilitarian look of the original, but standard spec is anything but basic.
Even the entry-level SZ4 has air con, cruise control, Bluetooth and front foglights. It also comes wtih ‘Dual Sensor Brake Support’, Suzuki’s name for autonomous emergency braking.
This may help offset its disappointing three-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating by avoiding accidents in the first place.
The SZ5 costs £17,999, which is quite a jump, but the spec list bears this out. It adds 15-inch alloys, rear privacy glass, LED headlights, climate control, sat nav, heated seats and a 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone compatability (so, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto).
An SZ5 automatic is available for £18,999.
Metallic paint is a £485 option, and so-called dual metallic paint (all with a black roof) is £650. Personally, we’d pick the ultra-bright Kinetic Yellow paint pictured here: it’s been developed especially for the Jimny, to stand out like a safety beacon when off-roading.
All Jimny use the same 101hp 1.5-litre petrol engine. They’re all equipped with switchable 4WD: it normally runs as a rear-wheel drive car, with selectable high- and low-ratio all-wheel drive.
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