The Suzuki Jimny is back, and more alive than ever. 2020 Suzuki Jimny Comes With the New engine, improved architecture, updated in safety equipment or comfort, along with a nice image, and the same spirit as always. We have already tried it.
I can think of a thousand different ways to renew a Jimny, but I think that the formula that Suzuki has followed cannot be more accurate: the same concept and spirit with evolutions in the merely indispensable sections that only increase its radius of action. It has always been and will remain a very specific car and whoever buys a Jimny knows what he can and can not ask for, but the new model comes with surprising evolutions for when it hits the pavement.
What’s New on 2020 Suzuki Jimny?
This new generation is somewhat shorter, also somewhat wider and taller, but retains the same wheelbase of the outgoing generation: c 3.64 m in length, spare wheel included- literally, there is no other place to house it- the Jimny could also be a city meat car. Lightweight, manageable, now also quite comfortable. It even includes new security systems from other models of the brand that are also welcome in this habitat. But Suzuki simplifies technology for mechanical purposes – reliability is one of the great luxuries of this model – ruling out the micro hybridization of, for example, theIgnis SHVS with which you could have benefited from a prized ECO label.
According to the brand, do not expect a possible version at least in the next two years, advantage of having sold more than you can produce, especially in your local market, which hurts the number of cars that can reach our region, where like SJ, Samurai or Jimny – during his last 20 years – he has been a product that has exceeded expectations. But let’s go back to the city.
For purely technical reasons, the management is very little reduced – so they have decided to take fewer risks being so tall and narrow – so in the city you will have to “swipe” too much between streets, but this element, as well as any other mechanic that passes by your hands or feet, have that typical softness of the brand, being a car frankly pleasant in every way, suspension or engine included, especially, this last element for its elasticity and rapid response .
In its basic version -XJ, for 17,000 euros- It has everything you need in comfort elements -air conditioning included- and, of course, also security. For the purposes of inner capacity, it gives of itself. what it has always given of itself: little if you occupy its four squares -a pair of portfolios- and up to 377 liters -57 more than before- if you lower the two rear seats; these now leave a completely flat load surface and have an easy-clean coating.
By the way, this 2020 Suzuki Jimny also offers an automatic change of only 4 gears, yes, and only available in the intermediate finish, the JLX – 18,795 euros in manual and 20,650 euros in automatic -, also with a much better equipment than XJ. Although, on the road, you will miss that brisk response that the manual version offers.
It is true that this does not have a proper footrest, but enough space to support it naturally, the clutch is quite smooth and the change has a delicious touch. It also adds visibility, an original design, and good ergonomics, but again, here the luxury is what things last, and Jimny materials, in addition to good looks, are made precisely for that, endure well the passage of time.
2020 Suzuki Jimny Performance
The new 1.5-liter engine yields 102 hp and, of course, is another source of fun for this great little car. No turbo, complex injections. Reliability mandates, also new environmental demands; now its average cost is reduced to 6.8 l / 100 km and 154 g / km in cycle NEDC -178 g / km under WLTP-, by then, with a longer tax bracket and, therefore, more expensive to acquire. It does not have the best possible aerodynamics – in part, and due to its low pedestrian protection score, it has only achieved three stars in the Euro NCAP safety evaluation crash test – but it is still a very light car, so his little more than a hundred horses move with great agility to Jimny. It is, in addition, a very elastic engine that keeps good glue at high speed, until the 6,200 rpm that I could stretch. And like cherry, the change of five marches has an exquisite touch.
You can move at low speed in intermediate marches without jerks and with fast response, it adapts well to highway speeds even when you have little more distance -their maximum speed is 145 km / h-, do not spend excessively in real conditions. And although peculiar, the conduction, behavior, aplomb, and security have won many integers with respect to the outgoing generation.
The 2020 Suzuki Jimny maintains the architecture of stringers and crossbeams, which receives a new reinforcement in X in the front area and reinforcement sleepers in the front and rear. The rigidity is greater than before, while its rigid axle schemes in both axes are, in this type of cars, an added value. The evolutions in this sense have been a stabilizer of greater thickness in the front axle, evolution in the electronic package -ABS, ESP, etc- as well as new eight silent blocks between body and structure that contribute to the Jimny being clearly more comfortable than before. Dynamically, now it is a car with fewer commitments: goodbye treacherous reactions in sudden turns or changes of support. Of course, it is not a Swift or an Ignis, for the concept of the car that it is, the improvement has been exponential.
2020 Suzuki Jimny Off-Road Capabilities
And it is that its natural territory is? Yes, the field, any corner, any extreme route, any trailer. It is also a car with great output to use agencies that need a fleet of cars so specific, where the Land Rover Defender has left a hole. And of course, soon you will see cars prepared, with “snorkels” on the hood, “stretched” suspensions and specific mechanical elements for, like previous SJ and Samurai, to specialize them even more. The base cannot be better. It has 21 mm of free height to the ground, 10 mm more than before, angles of attack, ventral and very favorable exit -37, 28 and 49 degrees, respectively-, low well protected. But also an effective all-wheel-drive connectable – just for slippery terrain – a powerful reducer – now, with control by classic mechanical lever – and a rear limited slip differential. Thanks to its low weight and its maneuverability -more for how small it is because of its turning radius when the all-wheel drive is connected-, the 2020 Suzuki Jimny takes advantage of any traction gap to continue advancing or descending with the tranquility provided by the control of descents. And all this, as it happens on the road, without a sacrifice for back and bones, because the cushioning also works without strong shaking. A car, in short, unique, and that now has another component that makes it even more attractive: its captivating image. Suzuki has hit the bull’s eye again.