Suzuki updates Jimny range with GL model
We love the Suzuki Jimny! Its iconic design and somewhat cult status has made it extremely popular over the years and the latest one even more so. Suzuki has realised this and has taken the decision to expand the current offering. The Jimny range now features a mid-range GL specification level and here are the details.
Designed to bring many of the must-have luxuries of the GLX to a wider audience, the GL slots in just above the utilitarian GA model and brings with it the option of an automatic transmission to the mid-range buyer.
Suzuki South Africa says that while sales of both the GA and GLX models have far exceeded their initial supply, they have spoken to many customers who would love more amenities than the GA provides but who cannot fully stretch their budgets to the GLX. This is especially true for customers looking for an automatic version.
In response to this demand, and in partnership with its Japanese Head Office and Indian manufacturing facility, Suzuki Auto South Africa has created the GL range.
Viewed from outside, the GL shares many of its GLX sibling’s features. Chief among these are the hardened off-road ready alloy wheels, finished in a smoky chrome trim and with an alloy-equipped full-size spare wheel. It also shares the flagship’s front fog lights in the squared-off front bumper. The GL will also be available with a choice of all body colours and the two-tone paint option, where the roof is finished in a contrasting colour to the rest of the body.
Inside the Jimny is where the GL answers all the questions posed by mid-range customers. The model is available with the choice of either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning and power steering as standard.
Also standard in the GL are electric windows, electrically adjustable mirrors and a Suzuki audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and steering wheel controls. Not finished, Suzuki has also added a 50:50 split rear bench seat and remote central locking as standard.
All Jimny models are fitted with a 1.5 litre petrol engine with variable valve timing and multi-point injection that delivers 75kW and 130Nm of torque at. This engine is rated at a frugal 6.3 litres/100 km for the manual model and 6.8 litres for the four-speed automatic version. All models are fitted with a ladder frame chassis, rigid axles in the front and rear with a three-link suspension system and a fully mechanical low range transfer case.
We can't wait to get our hands on this new derivative to see how it stacks up. Make sure you keep an eye on our social pages for more updates.