The all-new Suzuki Jimny is just over the horizon and everyone is anticipating its launch. All the hype and videos posted online has caused a stir even in people who have never given the outgoing Jimny a second look. We have, many times actually, and here are five cool things about the Jimny.
With our streets getting more and more crowded, and the Filipino using his garage for everything other than parking a car, even residential areas are getting crowded. The Jimny is small — smaller than a Vios — which means it can fit into spaces that the Philippines number one selling subcompact cannot fit into. When you’re looking for parking at the mall on a payday weekend, you can create your own parking space and still leave space for other vehicles to pass through. It measures 3545mm long, 1705mm tall, 1600mm wide and lightweight at a hair under 1090kgs. It also seats four.
Powered by the M13A four-cylinder 1.3-liter 16-valve MPI DOHC that puts out 81-Ps at 5,000rpm and 110-Nm of torque at 4,500rpm, it gives you ample power and decent fuel economy. Even with an engine that came out 10 years ago, you can still get a decent 8-9km/l in the city and upwards of 13-15km/l on the highway. Overall, not bad, as there are some subcompacts that do worse.
High ground clearance
Have you found yourself scraping the tall humps in the BGC? Well this won’t happen in a Jimny. It’s 190-mm ground clearance is enough to get it over and through all the bumps and ruts on your daily commute and the occasional out of town trip which may see some unpaved roads. There’s no scuffing its front and rear bumper with an approach angle of 34 degrees and departure angle of 46 degrees unless you’re driving onto or off a wall. Flash floods during a downpour wouldn’t pose much of a problem too, but it’s still best to use common sense instead of ground clearance when faced with a body of water.
The Jimny is a legitimate off-roader, a proper four-wheel drive with electronically selectable 2WD, 4WD and 4LOW. Both four-speed automatic and five–speed have no trouble going off the beaten path at a moment’s notice.
The m/t variant we drove is priced Php910,000 which is around the mid trim price of subcompact sedan variants. But comparing the Jimny to same price category subcompact sedans is like comparing apples to oranges when the Jimny is far superior. It maybe a little slower, but it CAN go where they can’t.
It makes a good first car for a new driver. You’ll have a commanding view of vehicles around you and you can easily see your front corners. Its big windows and side mirrors give you great visibility to be able to easily estimate where your rear corners are, which are usually a big concern of newbie drivers.
Suzuki still has quite a lot of these. Go to a dealer and take one for a test drive. Don’t take our word for it, ask a Jimny owner. You’ll find there are many with more than one Jimny in their garage.
Text and photos by Neil Pagulayan