Suzuki Jimny (1998–2018)
- March 1999: Jimny lauunched
- April 2004
- January 2005
- November 2005
- July 2009
- June 2014
- December 2014
- March 2018
Cute-looking with decent off-road ability. Reasonable performance (0-60 in 13.6 secs; top speed 100 mph) from 1,298cc 80 bhp engine). Separate chassis for strength. Part-time four-wheel-drive on the road driving rear wheels only for economy. 4-speed auto option. Soft-top version launched at Barcelona Show in May 1999 weighs 1,048kg and can tow 1,300kg.
All Suzuki models come with standard radio/CD player, driver and passenger airbags and ABS with EBD from April 2004.
Facelifted for 2005 with new Euro IV 1.3 16v VVT engine developing 85PS and 81lb ft torque. New 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic. Combined mpg 38.7, CO2 174g/km, 0-60 13.8. Manual £9,999 on the road, auto £10,782. Renault 1.5 diesel engined version in Europe.
Special JLX+ for 2006 at £10,499 on the road has leather seats, chrome plated door handles and new trim fabrics.
Refreshed again mid-2009. Upgraded part leather interior, new rear window privacy glass. Available from £10,990 on-the-road inclusive of metallic paint. Revised interior and exterior, new design 15-inch alloy wheels, rear window privacy glass and two-tone black and silver roof rails. The Jimny is available in four colours: Twilight Purple Pearl Metallic, Graphite Grey Pearl Metallic, Bluish Black Pearl Metallic Two-tone with Graphite Gray Pearl Metallic, Nocturne Blue Pearl Metallic Two-tone with Graphite Gray Pearl Metallic
Engine and transmission options remain unchanged: same 1.3-litre petrol engine with variable valve timing. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 39.2mpg (manual model) and CO2 emissions stay at 171g/km.
To remain in production until 2016.
Suzuki Jimny 1998-2016 shown to be the 2nd most reliable SUV in Warranty Direct's claims records.
All UK stocks of the 1998-2018 Jimny sold out.