New Jimny: What 4x4 enthusiasts would like to know

2019-02-27 06:00

FOR the benefit of those who are interested in the new Jimny’s 4x4 capabilities (which were not tested for the review), I have included in this column some information from Suzuki’s publicity material.

Both versions of the Jimny have the same off-road capabilities. The backbone of the new Jimny’s capabilities is the ladder frame chassis featuring a patented cross member, the Suzuki X-member, that further strengthens the chassis. This helps to limit body flex in serious cross-axle off-road driving and also creates a very sturdy platform for the fitment of the body and the underbody parts.

As an additional benefit, the additional torsional strength has improved the Jimny’s on-road driving dynamics and overall crash safety. The second essential element to the off-road capabilities is the rigid axle suspension system. Rigid axles greatly improve off-road capabilities, as they mechanically force one wheel down if the opposite wheel is raised from the ground.

Furthermore, the axle system prevents the nose from diving under speed, which is a boon when driving in dunes, and it handles rutted roads with greater ease.

The third element is the ALLGRIP PRO four-wheel drive with low range transfer gear.

The all-new Jimny replaces the push-button selection between 2H (rear-wheel drive), 4H (4WD high gear) and 4L (full low range, 4WD) with a shift lever that is directly connected to the transfer gear and can switch between 2H and 4H on the fly at speeds of up to 100km/h.

The mechanical four-wheel drive system is greatly enhanced by Suzuki’s proprietary Brake Limited Slip Differential and electronic stability control systems.

The Brake LSD-system adjusts torque to the wheel with grip if another wheel on the same axle starts spinning. The system has an extra-power mode, which kicks in below 30km/h in low-range mode for the best possible traction.

Brake LSD is supported by Hill Hold Control and Hill Descent Control, which are standard on all models.

Hill Descent Control will maintain a descent speed of 10km/h in 4WD high range and 5km/h in 4WD low range, which allows the driver to focus on navigating obstacles, without having to operate the brake pedal. All these integrated 4x4 assist systems are combined as Suzuki’s proprietary ALLGRIP PRO off-road system and are standard on all models of the new Jimny.

The fourth essential element of a good off-roader is its approach, departure and breakover angles.

The all-new Jimny improves on its predecessor’s off-road angles by offering an approach angle of 37 degrees (35 degrees on the previous model), a departure angle of 49 degrees (46 degrees on the predecessor) and a breakover angle of 28 degrees (previously 27 degrees).

The Jimny has a ground clearance of 210mm, which is 20mm more than the previous model.

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