Suzuki released pictures of it’s new Jimny last week and almost uniquely, I have not come across an adverse comment about it yet. Admittedly, I rarely look at the comments sections on websites because really, who needs that kind of poor spelling in their lives? I say this in the full knowledge that this entire website is an extended comment section but at least I run a spell checker over things once in a while.
No, comment from journalists and even other bloggers has been overwhelmingly positive. Everybody likes the way it looks and the separate chassis and the way it has stayed true to its roots as a proper little 4×4 in a world full of faux x faux. It’s authentic. It’s real. It’s proper.
That ladder frame has a diddy engine at the front, a pair of off-roady axles at each end, part-time four wheel drive linking them and looks like Brunel could have drawn it on the back of an envelope had envelopes been invented back then. Another set of reasons why it’s been so well received. I read a rumour somewhere about it having a 660cc engine in Japan but I don’t think that will get off the islands. My guess is for a small petrol engine, possibly with a turbocharger looking an awful lot like the one in a Swift.
Things like the Jimny are rare. GT Porsches run it close for being true to themselves. It’s probably the only point of real comparison between a GT3 RS and Jimny but people love them both because they do one thing really, really well and aren’t really all that bothered about the rest. Okay, not all people because haters gonna hate and the Porsche is a bit pricey in absolute terms and the fanboys for other marques are always going to jump all over any one who says anything positive about them but they can sod off.
I like the Jimny too. I like the current one as well. It’s been on sale since Clarkson was in short trousers. Every now and again I will have a mooch around on ebay or Pistonheads to see how much one would cost because it’s got to be cheaper to run than a Jeep or a Land Rover after all. The first generation was sold as the SJ in Britain as a soft top and a commercial. There was one company cutting holes in the back of the van version and installing windows back there. That business died with the second generation because with it came with the unheard luxury of ready-installed glazing. Previous SJ owners needed a pair of tin-snips and some chicken wire to let the light in if they didn’t want to pay for a conversion.
The new one is in production. It’s a hard-top, with windows and everything and we’ll see it in showrooms maybe late in 2018. Can’t wait.