Suzuki unveils facelifted 2013 Jimny SUV ahead of Paris debut
By Ronan Glon
Wednesday, Jun 27th, 2012
The current generation of the pint-sized Suzuki Jimny has been on the market for no less than 14 years. A replacement is said to be coming in the near future but Suzuki has just given the SUV a shot of Botox to keep it looking fresh.
Aesthetically, the 2013 Jimny benefits from redesigned headlights and a more aggressive front bumper that boasts a larger air vent. The tiny offroader is also fitted with a less Jeep-like plastic grille that is now separate from the hood, a modification that should please the EuroNCAP.
The Jimny’s 90s-inspired interior does not change and entry-level models are still equipped with roll-up windows. Safety-conscious buyers can order the SUV with two front airbags.
The only engine offered is a slightly anemic 85 horsepower 1.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. It propels the SUV from zero to 62 mph in 14 seconds and on to a top speed of 87 miles per hour.
The 1.3-liter is bolted to a five-speed manual gearbox that can send power to all four wheels at the push of a dash-mounted button.
It should be noted that the Jimny is no longer offered with a diesel mill because the ancient Renault-sourced engine could not be modified to meet Europe’s updated emissions regulations.
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