It is very difficult for a carmaker to continue a legendary car for decades.
Somehow, Suzuki managed to keep the Jimny nameplate since 1970 and still be appealing. But in some parts of the world, it is known only as of the second generation.
At a glance, some would say that the Suzuki designers are paid on a minimum wage. But since its image is very easy to remember, it means that they did good work. The boxy look is amplified by the small size of the vehicle. It is not the same mean look of a G-Class but in a more friendly way. Small hood, round headlights and straight-up windshield are easy to remember.
From the technical point of view, its ladder chassis is the backbone of the vehicle. The 3-link axles feature coil springs. To stiffen the ladder, Suzuki installed more X-cross members. It is true, that the comfort ride was never a Jimny asset. But nobody cared. The customers cared more about the 37 degree approach angle, the 28 degree ramp breakover angle and the rear 49 degree departure angle. These are important assets in off-roading. And the new, LSD rear differential is a great feature when the terrain got slippery.
The true off-road Jimny features a part-time 4WD system and a low-range transfer case. As for the engine, it is still small. But the light, 1135 kg (2502 lbs) vehicle doesn’t need more than 101 hp from the 1.5-liter gasoline engine.