The Suzuki Jimny is "sold across 188 global markets," but one of them isn't ours. For UK buyers who can buy a Jimny in SZ3 or SZ4 trims, the 2013 model has just been introduced with tweaks peppered throughout the vehicle. First among them is a soft redesign up front, a new bumper, grille and hood updating the face and adding an extra 30 mm to the length of the little SUV. Breeze Blue metallic paint is a new hue but it's only available on the more expensive SZ4.

Inside, customers will find new headrests and ISOFIX child seat fasteners for both Jimny versions, and for the SZ3, new seat fabrics. The 1.3-liter engine with variable valve timing growls out 84 horsepower and 81 pound-feet of torque, returning 39.8 Imperial combined mpg if fitted with a manual, 38.7 Imperial mpg combined in the automatic.

On-the-road prices are £11,995 ($19,016 US) for the SZ3, £12,900 ($20,451 US) for the manual-equipped SZ4, £13,800 ($21,877 US) with the automatic. More information can be found in the press release below.
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NEW FACE FOR JIMNY FOR 2013 WITH NO EXTRA COST

- New exterior and interior design updates for Suzuki's compact SUV – on sale now.
- 43rd Anniversary of Suzuki's first compact SUV in 2013
- Global sales of 2.6million, sold across 188 global markets
- Euro 5 emissions fuel efficient 1.3-litre petrol engine with variable valve timing gives 39.8mpg combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of 162g/km (manual transmission)
- SZ3 model priced at £11,995 on the road
- Higher specification SZ4 model priced at £12,900 with manual transmission or £13,800 with automatic transmission
- SZ4 features synthetic leather/cloth front seats with 'Jimny' logo emblems, air conditioning, alloy wheels, leather trim steering wheel and rear privacy glass as standard equipment
- A genuine compact off-roader with push-button selectable four-wheel drive and high and low gear ratios


13/11/12 -- Suzuki GB PLC is pleased to announce some styling refreshments to its highly popular Jimny compact 4x4 model. The 2013 model receives a number of exterior and interior design updates to help modernise appearance whilst maintaining the long established tough and capable reputation Jimny has amongst its 20,000 loyal owners in the UK.

Design revisions include a new front bumper and grille design, new design bonnet shape incorporating central air intake as well as repositioning of the front fog lamps. The new front bumper design has resulted in a slight increase in overall length of 30mm to 3,675mm – although Jimny easily remains the most compact SUV on sale in the UK.

For the interior, a new seat fabric trim has been adopted for the SZ3; both SZ3 and SZ4 models have new design front and rear headrests as well as ISOFIX child seat mountings fitted as standard to the rear seats.

Breeze Blue has now been added to the optional metallic paint range of four colours available for the higher specification SZ4 model with three metallic and one solid colour available for SZ3. Metallic paint is a £399 option.

Jimny has a neat and practical look and since sales began in 1998, it has accumulated a loyal following of repeat customers who enjoy a quirky alternative to a supermini or crossover SUV. The Jimny exceeds expectations off road whilst still being more than capable in any urban area, ideal for customers who want the best of both worlds.

The all-alloy 16-valve 1.3-litre engine benefits from variable valve timing, ensuring lively performance, and strong fuel economy. Maximum output is 85PS, with 81lbft of torque delivered at 4,100 rpm; a flat torque curve means near maximum torque is delivered from as low as 2,500 rpm, giving Jimny the kind of flexible driving character and pulling power that are integral to a successful SUV.

There are clear benefits in terms of fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions: with the manual transmission model returning an official 39.8mpg in combined cycle driving (38.7mpg for the automatic); respective CO2 outputs are 162 and 167g/km.

All Suzuki models are covered by a three-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, one year AA Suzuki Assistance, providing 24-hour UK and European roadside assistance, recovery and associated services; and by a 6-year perforation warranty.

On the road prices include VAT, delivery to dealer, number plates and First Registration Fee.


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      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      Suzuki is not bankrupt. Go to Europe, or especially Japan, and witness just how many Swift's and Jimmy's drive down the road daily. They're an incredibly versatile company that really was never properly valued for their product line here.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        Yeah, Suzuki is rather wealthy as a global company. For some bizarre reason, they really did not care for Suzuki of America. Marketing was a disaster here, but the more I read, sounds like Suzuki of America is not all to blame. Sounds like they had their hands tied by the apathetic Japanese execs. The Japanese seemed to treat Suzuki of America like a bastard child and did not give them the money nor the cars to really have a chance here. Pity. I can see why Suzuki, whose specialty is small cars, would think the US is not the best market, yet Suzuki independently developed the midsize Kizashi and spent over a billion US dollars doing so. It's a global car, but its size and refinement screams "I am for the US". I can't imagine too many other markets were the Kizashi could have strong sales. The Kizashi did not sell well in the US not because it's a bad car, but the poor marketing among the reputable rivals in the most fiercely competitive car segment. It's was like a hidden gem under the dirt that was Suzuki's recent reputation in the US.
      rü$╫
      • 2 Years Ago
      So you pull out of the USA...then you tease us with what we could have had. Thanks.
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rü$╫
        Really? You're dying to have this?
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          I absolutely second Subcompact Culture's comment. I've owned a Suzuki Sidekick in the past that I offroaded. I've also had friends with Samurais. I would LOVE to get my hands on a Jimny. It's really like a more affordable and fuel efficient Wrangler.
          Subcompact Culture
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          I don't know about rü$╫, but I'm dying to have one. What's so odd about that? I'm an avid off-road enthusiast. I want a small, nimble 4x4 with solid front and rear axles. I've got one choice: Wrangler. And while it's a great vehicle, it gets 17 city MPG and 21 highway MPG—yet they still can't build them fast enough. Plus, a Jimny would likely have costed thousands less than a Wrangler if it had been for sale. If I could have purchased a new Jimny, I would've in a heartbeat. Instead, my off-road toy is a 17 year old Suzuki Sidekick 4x4 that I regularly get 25 MPG in.
          Mihela816
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          I would buy one if we could get it.
      djrroar1
      • 2 Years Ago
      People in the US need to understand that Suzuki is not in trouble in the rest of the world and Suzuki North America is a distibutor of Suzuki products not actually Suzuki Motor Company, The distibutor went BK not Suzuki. Suzuki can build and sell cars in other parts of the world and make more money. If the U.S. distibutor could have made the math work Suzuki would have continued to ship vehicles to the market. Suzuki could be in the top 10 for sales in the world in 2012, they build solid products and are very popular in many markets, not is the U.S.
      B. Hill
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had one of these in Africa (2001 model) and it was an excellent, fully capable off-road machine which I used to travel in the Sahara desert. It didn't even need aggressive tires! It was never stuck and I often used it to pull much larger vehicles out of the sand. It was great for fording flash floods as well. Wish I still had it.
      carinspector
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the old ones but where i'm from, bringing back this car to Puerto Rico would be a big hit here.
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      A friend of mine had a Samurai in high school. It was small and austere, but it was a lot of fun and very capable off road. I had a Suzuki Sidekick and often joined him off roading. These cars are pretty solid, though not a bit fancy. Sure, Jeeps are better offroad and more powerful, but they are also a lot more expensive and also not as reliable. Fuel economy is rather different too. In a little Suzuki, you can off road all day and still have half a tank of gas left. I really wish they still sold the Samurai (Jimny) in the US. Most people who have owned one in the past would most likely get one now. They aren't the safest cars, but as with all real SUVs, you are not supposed to drive fast and make sharp turns. It's narrow body and high center of gravity makes it unstable on road, but is a benefit off road. Jeep Wranglers aren't exactly great or safe on the paved road either. Their shortcomings on road are the reasons they excel off road. The other Suzuki we could use in the US is the Swift and Swift Sport. These are the cars that Suzuki should have imported instead of the Kizashi. The Kizashi is actually very good, but it was competing in a very competitive and overcrowded segment of midsize sedans. With little brand recognition, the new car with a strange name was already disadvantaged. I hope that one day Suzuki can come back to the US and bring us some real Suzukis again. The Jimny and the Swift would be a good start. I'll hang on to my Kizashi until then.
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        My condolences on the resale value hit you just took on your Kizashi. (For real, I am not trying to be a smartass)
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          Haha, no joke. I bought it used in cash for a great deal and plan to keep it for a long time. That's how I buy cars: used and in cash and then drive them for a while. You just get the most of out it that way with little to worry about regarding trade-in value, depreciation, etc. Yeah, the Kizashi is worthless on the market, but when you drive it, it's actually very rewarding. It's a lot of car for the money. I love the car regardless of it's rock-bottom resale value. With its 6 speed manual, 18 inch alloys, 425 watt Rockford Fosgate audio, fob key/push button start, excellent comfort, superb handling, stellar fit and finish, and just overall features, there nothing to really regret. It's positives heavily outweigh the negatives for me. Warranties will continue to be honored, but I am a bit of a gearhead anyways.
          Brent Booth
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          I really hope I am able to get one of these in the next 18 months for a steal. If only they made the AWD with a manual... oh well.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would have been a nice,cheaper alternative to the Wrangler and FJ Cruiser.
      Siggy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've owned 2 Suzuki Samurai, my 1st was bought new in '87 had a blast with that little beast, never left me stranded or stuck anywhere. I went places off-road where much bigger rigs could never go due to their size. On-road, I drove it like it was a sports car, foot to the floor all the time. I was t-boned in it 6 years later with 150k miles on the clock otherwise I'd still have it. My 2nd one was a used & abused unit that I had to let go. My parents even owned on '88 which they sold in 2007, mom drove it in the winter in Wisconsin. They now have an '02 Grand Vitara XL7 and they love it. If Suzuki would have kept to their original quirky small-car design, brought us the Swift and the Jimny, they probably would still be selling tons of cars in the US. Their downfall started when they let GM get the hands on the designs for the US market and forcing them to re-badge Daewoo's as Suzuki's. Suzuki cars were very reliable before the Daewoo infusion and that was their downfall.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      A truck that makes you mourn the modern safety standard.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh man, if they brought this here with a small diesel, this would be fantastic fun and a nice alternative to the Wrangler.
      Vergenbuurg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dearest Suzuki, In other parts of the world, you are known as the arguable leader in extremely-small-car design and engineering. Why did you insist on forgetting that for most of your life in the American market?
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vergenbuurg
        Dear Vergenbuurg-san, Suzuki life in America? Ummm, ahhh, ummm oh! Yes, America! We actually did sell cars there! Right...? America is too full of cars. We make no effort. We no listen to American Suzuki people because we run show from Nippon. Nippon knows best for America too. We listen to Maruti/Suzuki in India because they big and sell lots of cars. In America, we don't care. We tell American Suzuki what to do even make no sense. Want Swift? No. Want Jimny? No. We give you Kizashi! Banzai! Oh, Kizashi no sell well. You Americans stupid. No Swift for you. No Suzuki cars for you! Go grow hair on balls and ride Suzuki GSX-R. Best bike. Suzuki ATVs so much fun too. Prease wear neck brace. Also, Hayabusa better than everyone bike. Hayabusa, Japanese name American like. Kizashi, Japanese name Americans no like. Whata facku? I know what I am doing in Nippon. You Americans don't know our good cars that we don't sell to America. That make sense? Arigato-gozaimasu, - Osamu Suzuki. P.S. I hate Volkswagen. I poo on their soul. I call Swift GTI, hahaha!
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's too bad Suzuki suffered the General Motors Kiss of death in the USA.
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