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Old 12-29-2011, 06:51 AM
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Lightbulb Suzuki: Jimny/Samurai News


Suzuki has dropped a few teasers of a new concept vehicle headed to this year's Delhi Auto Expo, and the sneaky shots may hint at a successor to the well-worn Jimny/Samurai throne. Right now, the automaker doesn't have a known replacement lined up for the pint-sized SUV.

The Samurai may have exited North America long ago, but its direct descendant, the Jimny, is still very much alive elsewhere. In fact, it has cultivated a decades-old reputation for being a tough-as-nails bruiser that's as reliable as it is capable. We think Suzuki would do well to keep the model in its portfolio in the future, and now, new reports suggest the company could lift parts from the Swift drivetrain to build a low-cost Jimny successor.

Even so, assuming the teasers indicate a concept vehicle, it would likely be some time before we saw a production model frolicking about in the light of day. Early estimates would put a next-generation Samurai on stage at the Delhi Auto Expo in two years or so. Does that mean the U.S. will see the Samurai name return to its soil? With Suzuki's floundering presence here in the states, that seems unlikely, but we would welcome a capable, low-dollar off roader to our shores any day. Head over to the Maruti Suzuki page for a closer look.
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it's not just you, it really looks like they made the hard edges of the old Samurai smoother. you'd think there'd be more evolution in design between then and now...
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My highschool geography prof had a Samurai. He used it at his cottage, he told us that it never broke even when he tried.
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Wow....what a horrible design evolution.
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https://www.caranddriver.com/news/th...x4-box-we-want

It has been 20 years since Suzuki’s last all-new Jimny.


The Suzuki Jimny seems to be the lime in our boxy 4x4 lemonade this summer. Mercedes-Benz’s all-new G-wagen is plucked from a similar mold, but it has become so much more expensive and luxurious than its original designers could have foreseen that it almost feels wrong to put one in harm’s way on a trail. And what exactly is the point of spending so much money on an otherwise capable off-roader when you don’t even intend to go on an adventure with it?

That’s where Suzuki’s compact, lightweight, and fully square 2019 Jimny comes in. It’s the perfect go-everywhere pack animal that now also has the looks to pass muster on your local boulevard.

Available in eight colors at launch, the new Jimny is a breath of fresh
air, coming after Suzuki basically left the predecessor well enough alone for two decades. Prior to that, the Jimny line can be traced through the 1981–1998 model, which we Yanks know better as the Samurai, to a hard-working, two-stroke tin can that was built under the LJ and SJ banner from 1970 through 1981. The new model doesn't stray far from those roots, with a ladder frame, solid axles, and part-time four-wheel drive with low range.

This compact off-roader is expected to play a huge part in Suzuki’s plan to increase annual sales in Europe from 245,000 vehicles to 300,000. The Japan market will be served by engines displacing as little as 660 cc, while export models can be fitted with 1.2- and 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gas engines or a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder. Suzuki will pair those powerplants with five-speed manuals or four-speed automatics, while wheel choices will come in 15- and 16-inch sizes.

For a touch of modernity, other goodies include air conditioning, cruise control, push-button start, a multifunction steering wheel, and automated emergency braking. We definitely want one, and the Jimny could only be better if it led a return to the States for Suzuki.



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https://www.autoblog.com/2018/07/05/...afety-details/

Plus, new photos show redesigned Jimny in great detail


Last month, we were able to publish official images of the upcoming new generation Suzuki Jimny SUV. Now, Suzuki has released a detailed mega-gallery of the boxy 2019 Jimny and some essential information on its powertrain and safety tech.

The big news is that the Jimny's introductory engine choice will be bigger than anticipated, as it will be the 1.5-liter, 100-horsepower four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 96 pound-feet of torque. For the time being, no other powertrain options are available, and there's no word yet of a hybrid variant. The offered transmissions are a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic, and 4WD mode is switchable from a separate gear lever with high and low range. Curb weight is mentioned to be as low as 2400 pounds.

As for the Jimny's safety, there's now automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning combined with "Weaving Alert," and also traffic sign detection — certainly high tech for a very small SUV. But it's outside the reach of any road signage where the Jimny is designed to shine, as the image gallery shows with photos of the vehicle off-road. The Jimny's approach angle is 37 degrees, the ramp breakover angle is 28 degrees and the departure angle a nice 49 degrees. The minimum ground clearance is mentioned to be roughly 8.3 inches.





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Suzuki will pour more salt into the wounds of compact 4x4 fans here in the States later this month at the Tokyo Auto Salon with two adorable concepts based on the new Jimny.

First up will be the Jimny Sierra pickup concept featuring a retro grille design, faux-wood sides, flared wheel arches housing chrome-capped off-road wheels and tires, and a roll bar with four LED spotlights. The highlight of this retro-themed concept, of course, is the wood siding, but all of the elements here -- including the '80s-style Sierra graphic on the doors -- come together to create a time machine we would like to test-drive (and keep). How much can that truck bed carry? Don't worry about it -- that's not what this concept is all about. If it can carry an Igloo cooler and a camping tent, preferably in some very 1970s brown color, then it has done its job.


The 2019 Suzuki Jimny Survive Concept is the more serious of the two when it comes to off-roading.


Next up, Suzuki will show off the Jimny Survive SUV concept, aimed at less leisure-oriented off-roading. That's why it's carrying recovery boards on its roof and has a roof rack designed to serve as an exterior roll cage. More off-road goodies on the menu include a heavy-duty steel bumper with an integrated winch, diamond-plated panels on the front and rear fenders, tow hooks front and back, and the required knobby tires.

We'd ask you which one you'd rather have, but even if Suzuki were to put either into production (after all, these are just concepts for now), there is still the little matter of there being zero chance of them coming to the States, as Suzuki would have to return along with a dealership network and all of those things. And that's not happening anytime soon.

As a consolation, we'd like to see Jeep roll out a retro-themed Gladiator pickup with '70s-style stripes, garish graphics and vintage off-road goodies. Perhaps we'll see something like this in Moab later this year.



Read more: https://autoweek.com/article/auto-sh...#ixzz5bTyvo4PO
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This is the kei car I want most, next to the S660. Seen it in personal several times in Europe and Japan, I think it's awesome.

That said, owning one would be a mistake as I likely would regret driving something that compact, given how awful Bay Area drivers are.
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https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-car...63-substitute/

Currently, Suzuki's Japanese factory is unable to satisfy global demand for the Jimny, which leaves us wondering whether a second version such as this fantastic pickup could ever make it into series production.

However, while people wait for their regular Jimnys to get off the cargo boats, local tuner Liberty Walk came up with the perfect car for those who can't afford a G-Class, let alone one of Liberty Walk's Brabus-shaming G63 AMGs. And the size difference is hilarious.

Okay, so the Jimny is not the fastest SUV on this planet, whether you choose one with the 100-horsepower four cylinder, or the JDM turbo-three with 64hp. But with its road tires, the G63 happens to be more of a fashion accessory, which means that the adventure-focused Jimny would be more than able to keep up with it off-road. Not to mention that since the short-wheelbase G was discontinued in 2011, you don't have the option of a two-door. That's another plus for the Jimny.

Save money and fuel, fool everybody, and have fun! That's the Liberty Walk Jimny's message, and we approve.





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It actually doesn't look too bad.
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love the baby g wagon look
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G Wagon...... No!


You guys think GM will join in by relaunching Hummer or something like it?
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OH, and at everything in this thread, BTW.
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That looks really cool!

I'm also just now realizing why I probably like the Jimny so much. The overall profile is very similar to the G-Wagen.
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