SUZUKI JIMNY GAINS AUTOMATIC

Suzuki Auto South Africa has updated the iconic Jimny off-roader with a raft of changes and upgrades to both the exterior and interior, while an equipment upgrade has also been introduced. An automatic transmission is being offered as an alternative to the manual gearbox for the first time. Arguably the most obvious change is the fitment of new 15-inch alloy wheels, boasting a dark silver finish. The Jimny’s colour palette has also been revised, and now includes two new colours: Bison Brown, and Khaki Pearl Metallic.

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The cabin has also been spruced up, with an all-new instrument cluster the primary feature. The cluster features main dials for speed and rev count, with a third, intersecting instrument hosting a digital display. The display includes fuel tank level and engine temperature readouts, as well as a digital clock, ambient temperature display, gear and transfer case indicator, a fuel economy readout, and a trip meter.

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The Jimny’s interior features upgraded seat upholstery aimed at boosting both comfort and durability, while a new steering wheel design has also been introduced. The introduction of a four-speed automatic transmission option for the Jimny will please owners seeking the convenience of clutchless operation, especially in urban traffic conditions, while also making access to the Jimny’s legendary off-road capability even easier.

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As with the manual gearbox version, the automatic transmission is still partnered by a transfer case offering low-range operation for almost unstoppable traversability over the roughest and most challenging terrain. The updated Jimny is still powered by a lively and economical 1 328 cc four-cylinder engine, with a maximum power output of 63kW at 6 000rpm, linked to a torque peak of 110Nm at 4 100rpm.

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The comprehensively equipped interior includes remote central locking, a CD receiver sound system, electric windows and air-conditioning. Safety features include dual front airbags, head restraints, inertia reel seatbelts, and ABS anti-lock brakes.

 

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