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It’s basic, but charm is in short supply at times these days.
What we know
As revealed on the company’s Japanese website, the non-turbo 1.5 petrol engine under the bonnet produces 75kW of power and 130Nm of torque. That isn’t buckets of power, but one should remember the old Jimny offered 62.5 kW and 110Nm from a 1.3-litre engine. A five-speed manual and four-speed auto should feature once again.
It’s also worth noting the previous model’s kerb weight began at around 1045kg depending on spec, while the new one will come in at about 1100kg.
Ground clearance sits at 210mm, up 20mm on the outgoing car, and there’s a proper ladder-frame chassis under the skin. Forget cutesy city SUVs, this is a proper off-roader with AllGrip Pro 4WD and low range.
Unlike the old model, we’re expecting a range of modern active safety features to be included in the car this time, like autonomous emergency braking, stability control, and 2018 necessities like front, side and curtain airbags.