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Update for Suzuki Jimny adds length - but you won't notice

By Steve Orme on Nov 14, 12 12:32 PM

IT'S probably the only true mini 4x4 on the market and now the Suzuki Jimny gets a facelift.

Like its small predecessor, the Rhino and the original SJ10 the Jimny has remarkable off road ability but a reputation for bone-shaking comfort on the highway.

Now the car which could easily have been a heat in Endurance, gets some cretaure comforts.

The 2013 model receives a number of exterior and interior design updates to help modernise appearance including a new front bumper and grille design, new bonnet shape incorporating central air intake as well as repositioning of the front fog lamps. The new bumper means an increase in overall length of 30mm to 3,675mm.

Not that you will notice in a car which needs not so much a garage as a kennel.

Inside a new seat fabric trim has been adopted for the SZ3; both SZ3 and SZ4 models have new design front and rear headrests.

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.

The all-alloy 16-valve 1.3-litre engine give sprightly performance with strong fuel economy, 40mpg, and tourqey power.

The SZ3 is £11,995 and higher specification SZ4 model £12,900 with manual transmission or £13,800 with automatic transmission. Yes, both prices unchanged for the improvements.

SZ4 features synthetic leather/cloth front seats, air conditioning, alloy wheels, leather trim steering wheel and rear privacy glass as standard equipment.

Even if the road still feels rocky and the noise levels challenge your standard CD-Radio, in the rough at least the Jimny won't let you down.

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