The legendary Japanese SUV is still one of the most beloved off-roaders in the world. Simply, buyers love its combination of simplicity, durability, reliability and capability. That’s something you can hardly find in any other place on today’s market. The current generation has been around for just a couple of years and if we consider that previous generations of this SUV were all characterized by very long production cycles, we have no doubt this model will remain unchanged for a long time. Therefore, the 2021 Suzuki Jimny will carry on in the same way, though there are some interesting novelties to come.
This particularly refers to specific markets, such as Europe and Asia. In these parts of the world, we can see some interesting changes. In order to meet high emissions standards in Europe, it comes as a commercial vehicle in this part of the world. On the other side, the Asian model might get bigger in the near future.
2021 Suzuki Jimny Design
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Suzuki Jimny comes without bigger changes. The overall layout is the same, which means that you may count on a genuine body-on-frame SUV, which is a real rarity these days, especially among small vehicles like this one. This model has a long tradition of making excellent off-roaders and the current generation is no exception. It is one of the most capable off-roaders in the world and if you look at some if look at some of the base specs, it becomes obvious why things are like that. For example, its approach angle goes around 37 degrees, while the departure angle goes all-away up to 49 degrees.
Of course, you may count on a full list of typical off-road hardware, such as a part-time 4×4 system and a low-speed transfer case. Also, the Jimny features a 3-link coil spring suspension, which may look archaic by today’s standards, but provides excellent durability and reliability on hard terrains, which are Jimny’s natural habitus.
2021 Suzuki Jimny Engine
The 2021 Suzuki Jimny continues with Suzuki’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This naturally-aspirated unit features a max output of 100 horsepower which may seem insufficient, but driving dynamics are actually pretty good. Obviously, the main reason is the model’s size and weight. The power is sent to all wheels and you can choose between a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic gearboxes.
2021 Suzuki Jimny Europe
As we already mentioned, the 2021 Suzuki Jimny comes with a couple of changes in Europe. The reason lays in the high emission standard of the European Union. As Suzuki doesn’t want to give up on its super-reliable engine and replace it with something newer or hybridize, the management figured out to offer this model without changes. According to EU laws, these emissions standards are applied only to passenger vehicles. On the other hand, commercial vehicles are excluded from this. So, what Suzuki has done is removing the rear seats and making few more modifications, which is enough to qualify this SUV as a commercial vehicle. A pretty smart move, we would say.
We could see a stretched version in the Future
In Asia, this SUV is very popular, not just as an off-roader, but as a family vehicle as well. Therefore, the Japanese manufacturer is seriously considering a stretched version of the SUV, with four doors. We presume that the wheelbase would go up to around 100 inches, which would put it on par with most subcompact crossovers on the market. In other words, that would be enough to provide a decent amount on passenger and cargo room. At this point, we are still waiting to hear more from the officials.