One of the biggest surprises at the New York Auto Show was the presence of a Suzuki Jimny. We were stoked to see what was likely the first new Suzuki car on US soil, in all its highlighter yellow glory, since the company left the market in 2012. It was even a left-hand-drive model. What was it doing here?
Turns out, it was in New York to receive a World Car Award. Amusingly, it was the prize for World Urban Car. Of course, while the kei-sized truck surely is fantastic for navigating the tight olden streets of Japan and Europe, the Jimny is also incredibly capable of traversing decidedly non-urban landscapes as well.
Surprisingly, there were barely any people looking at the car, so we took the opportunity to snap some close up photos of this awesome little 4×4.
We’ve discussed at length the many clever design details of the fourth-generation Jimny before. Its throwback touches to its predecessors, particularly the beloved second-gen SJ30 and SJ40 are much appreciated, and work beautifully in a modernized package.
More impressive is what’s under the skin. With solid axles front and rear, a transfer case, and a true low range, it has the bones of a true off-roader like the Toyota Land Cruiser or Nissan Patrol.
When even gigantic, Ford Explorer-sized cars are unibody crossovers now, it’s a miracle that Suzuki has maintained a true body-on-frame construction on an SUV smaller in every dimension than the original 3-door RAv4. With a fully boxed ladder frame and more cross-members than a Toyota Tundra and a curb weight that’s 300 pounds less than a Subaru BRZ, might be more versatile for wheeling down narrow trails than any full-size SUV.
We’ve gone through many of the technical points of the car before, but it was great to see one in person. Sadly, it’s unlikely that the car will actually be sold in the US. This is a European-spec model, so if you’re in New York this might be your only chance to see it in person.
With traditional SUVs like the beloved Pajero on their deathbeds, it’s refreshing to see a truly unique vehicle not only exist, but earn accolades for its engineering. Itbears repeating that the Jimny is an amazing vehicle. In fact, it might just be the only one you’ll ever need.