The new Suzuki Jimny has officially launched in South Africa, with the local arm of the Japanese automaker announcing pricing (ever-so-slightly lower than the indicative figures released at the end of August) for the three-strong local range.
In base GA specification with a five-speed manual gearbox, the little off-roader is priced at R266 900. In posher GLX guise (also with a manual cog-swapper), the Jimny comes in at R299 900, while opting for a four-speed automatic transmission on this model takes the price to R319 900.
In South Africa, a full-sized spare wheel, ABS, brake assist, electronic stability control, Isofix child seat anchors and two airbags ship standard on all three models.
The GLX specification, meanwhile, includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, electric windows, colour-coded exterior door handles, colour-coded side-mirror caps, 15-inch alloy wheels, LED projector headlamps, keyless access, front foglamps, cruise control, a 50:50 split rear bench and a seven-inch touchscreen arrangement with Apple Carplay and Android Auto functionality.
The new three-door, four-seater Suzuki Jimny measures 3 480 mm long (or 3 645 mm if you include the spare wheel cover), with an unchanged wheelbase of 2 250 mm. Ground clearance comes in at 210 mm, while the latest-generation model boasts an approach angle of 37 degrees, a breakover angle of 28 degrees and a departure angle of 49 degrees.
Suzuki Auto SA’s website earlier confirmed that the naturally aspirated 1,5-litre four-cylinder K15B engine will be the powerplant of choice locally, delivering 75 kW and 130 N.m (up from the 63 kW and 110 N.m offered by the outgoing 1,3-litre) to all four wheels via either a five-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic transmission.
Three dual-colour combinations will be available, along with five basic hues.
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