The Suzuki Samurai was last sold in the US in 1995. The small SUV lived on in the rest of the world but the US market never really supported Suzuki car sales.
The rest of the world knew the little Samurai as the Jimny. Sometimes we definitely wonder why they don’t just give us the same name on a vehicle, most US names are ridiculous and it hurts sales more than helps them. The Jimny is easily found in most Asian and other emerging markets as well as Caribbean rental fleets.
Even though the Jimny (Samurai) was Last updated in 1998, the new model stays true to the original’s basic style and robust build. Known for being nimble, tough as nails, and extremely capable off-road, being true to the original is a good thing.
Body-on-frame construction, solid front and rear axles, and a 4×4 system with a two-speed transfer case and the off-road credentials are readily apparent. Truly the only other SUV that comes to mind with that kind of setup is a Jeep. The new Jimny will be powered by Suzuki’s 1.0 litre Boosterjet three-cylinder turbo engine, with the option of a 1.2 litre NA unit. A five-speed manual will be offered alongside a torque converter auto option, both will get a low-range gear selector for those slick and sticky situations. Did anyone else look at that frame and starting thinking about how easy an axle swap would be?
The interior is fairly basic and straightforward based on the shot above. The touchscreen looks really nice, plenty of larger control dials, and it looks like a bunch of dash storage. There are 4 switches we can see in the image for accessories. Hopefully these are standard items.
Around here we are Jeep people for the most part, but this is a legitimate off-road vehicle with what appears to be a slew of great features. If the price is right who wouldn’t want one of these.