Now in its fourth generation, the Suzuki Jimny does not betray the openly offroad spirit that has distinguished it since its beginnings in the early 70s. Two decades after the release of the previous version (the third, in 1998), this compact, lightweight off-roader returns to the spotlight with a fresh, updated look that pays homage to all the most acclaimed features of the previous series.
“Close on 50 years of history are certainly a responsibility, but they also represent an enormous heritage for us to look to”, explains Hisanori Matsushima, head of the Suzuki Italia design centre. “That’s why, when we started thinking about the new Jimny, we decided to ask our customers what new features they expected and what they would never give up”.
This synthesis generated the new car that, in its simplicity, looks reassuringly familiar, without futile compromises in the name of aesthetics. The design is in fact expressed in robust, functional forms that guarantee greater awareness and manoeuvrability in all driving situations.
Key styling elements, such as the five slotted grille and the signature lighting clusters at the front, are further pointed up by the dark grille, while the roof is designed to achieve better interior roominess. The shockproof base and scratchproof bumpers complete the equipment of the Jimny, the world’s smallest compact off-roader.
“Particular mention must be made of the chosen colours, eight in all, which include two shades developed exclusively for the new Jimny: Kinetic Yellow, a high visibility shade designed to stand out in adverse weather conditions or inside construction sites, and Jungle Green, so discreet as to blend in with the natural scenery.
The cabin of the Suzuki Jimny is linear and practical, almost spartan, set up to allow a clear perception of the side slope angle. The choice of black, and controls designed for quick, immediate use, even when wearing gloves, help to minimise distractions for the driver. A choice that in the age of customisation runs against the tide, but that fully embodies the spirit of a pure off-road vehicle.
(Full article in A&D no. 235)