Earlier this year we received a News that left thousands of fans to off-road driving saddened as one of the most affordable SUVs on the market disappeared much earlier than expected and all because of an emissions problem. Of course, we mean the Suzuki Jimny, a very successful 4×4 that said goodbye to our market a few months ago, but now … it’s back!
Goodbye to the rear seats
We all knew that due to the success achieved during its stay in the market it was a matter of time before the Japanese brand will think of a solution to re-market its popular SUV in Europe. One of the measures we all thought about was the introduction of a electrified propulsion system that managed to reduce the levels of CO2 emitted, but we never expected that the Jimny would become a light commercial vehicle. In this way, the small 4×4 will appeal to both private users and professionals looking for a product suitable for off-road driving.
The big change from the passenger version is the loss of the two rear seats, which leave space for a large storage area with a flat floor and a security partition between passengers and cargo. In addition, to enhance its capacity, this light commercial variant boasts a 863-liter boot, that is, 33 more than the Suzuki Jimny had, which recently left us when the rear seats were folded down, being more practical and with the aforementioned load separator.
However, the Japanese brand ensures that the commercial Jimny has not lost that purely off-road behavior that customers like so much, as it retains a traditional chassis with side members and cross members, three rigid support suspensions, dimensions similar to the passenger version, as well as the connectable all-wheel drive system with Allgrip Pro reducer. Under the hood there is still a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, which develops 102 horsepower and a maximum torque of 130 Nm.
Ready for 2021?
Last but not least, it should be noted that this well-equipped version with the same security measures as the passenger variant, including the predictive braking control employing an automatic brake to avoid collisions, as well as the descent control and hold, designed to facilitate driving on ramps. At the moment the price and date of arrival in our market is unknown, although it is expected for the 2021.
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