Suzuki Philippines previewed the Suzuki Jimny at the 7th Philippine International Auto Show. It was held last October 24 to 28, 2018 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. As expected, it was a success. Local fans and new followers patiently wait to get hold of the SUV.
In 2019, the mini off-roader was finally launched in the Philippines. There was a bit of delay as global demand skyrocketed. The established Japanese company apologized sincerely for the shortage.
Buyers can choose from Suzuki Jimny GL MT, Suzuki Jimny GL AT, and Suzuki Jimny GLX AT monotone or two-tone.
The new Suzuki Jimny flaunts a well designed and refreshed exterior. It's reminiscent of a compact Jeep Wrangler and a Mercedes G- Class. Though noticeably smaller compared to previous Suzuki Jimnys, it got wider.
The Jimny’s body is based on the Japanese Kei automobile regulations, limiting its physical size, engine power, and displacement. It measures 3,644mm long, and 1,646mm wide. Its 1,646mm height complements the 2,250mm wheelbase.
Variants come in either a set of LED headlamps or with halogen headlights affixed with fog lights. The muscular grille is attractive, adding edge to its fascia. Other highlights include the arching hood, squarish wheel arches, roof gutter, and big rear tailgate.
The vibe inside the Jimny is somewhat retro, in a good way. Its dashboard is wide, complete with useful features. The redesigned steering wheel is premium to hold and now bears audio control. Standard fixtures include central door locking system, chrome door handles, power windows, assist grips, and center console cupholders.
Four adult-sized passengers can fit inside the Jimny’s cabin. Cargo space is 85 liters, but folding the rear seat allows 377 liters. The GLX series is suggested for those who want nice extras like a clinometer useful for off-road purposes, automatic air conditioning, cruise control, and a camera for reverse parking.
Technology & Safety
Aside from the mentioned LED lights, clinometer, auto door locks, and other useful innovations, a nine-inch infotainment system is installed inside this handsome automobile. Connecting your smartphone is also possible through Bluetooth and USB.
In terms of the Jimny's safety, the mini-SUV comes with door beams for side impact, control for hill hold and descent, SRS dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system, and the likes. On the other hand, the GLX series has an added brake assist function.
Platform & Chassis
This front-engine, four-wheel-drive vehicle proudly bears Suzuki’s LWB Platform. Amidst the glorious changes in its interior and exterior, the Jimny mini SUV still has the same reliable and efficient chassis introduced 20 years ago.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Suzuki Jimny is powered by a 1.5- liter K15B 14 gasoline engine. It creates 100 hp output with an Nm torque of 130. Four-speed automatic transmission and five-speed manual transmission are available locally.
Cruising using this mini SUV in the metro is a breeze. At a favorable speed, overtaking is decent. Maneuvering is also not a challenge due to its stability control. Because of its 4x4 system, conquering challenging roads such as mountainous and slippery tracks is easy.