2013 Suzuki Jimny facelift revealed

2013 Suzuki Jimny 13.11.2012
2013 Suzuki Jimny 13.11.2012

Starts at 11,995 GBP

Suzuki might have withdrawn from the United States, but that hasn't stopped them from launching a facelifted Jimny in the United Kingdom.

On the styling front, the diminutive off-roader has a new front bumper, a revised grille and a reshaped hood. There's repositioned fog lights as well as a new Breeze Blue metallic exterior color.

Interior changes are limited to new seat upholstery for the SZ3 models. SZ3 and SZ4 variants also gain redesigned headrests as well as standard ISOFIX child seat mounts.

In the U.K., the Jimny is powered by a 1.3-liter engine that develops 85 HP (63 kW) and 81 lb-ft (110 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the model to average 39.8 mpg (38.7 mpg with the automatic) and have CO2 emissions of 162 g/km (167 g/km with the automatic).

Source: Suzuki
Published Nov 13th, 2012 9:50pm By Michael Gauthier


  • 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

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.

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ucardz ucardz
Excuse my ignorance, but what GBP stands for? Great Britain Points?
Nov 15th, 2012 3:20am
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Aygo Aygo
Great British Pound (Sterling). £.
Nov 26th, 2012 9:07pm
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TomasramonCorrea TomasramonCorrea
I had one some years ago. I have fond memories of that little Jimny. Wanted to keep it , but needed bigger car. A lot of off-road capacity for such a little vehicle.
Nov 14th, 2012 4:03pm
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najdier najdier
The current platform has been in production without major changes since MY 1998. By now the vehicle must be pure profit for Suzuki. In most markets it is a segment unto itself with no direct competitors.
Nov 14th, 2012 12:14pm
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It is dated and looks old yes, but who cares! It has a hood scoop. A Jimny STI lol
Nov 14th, 2012 11:29am
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
The Jimny is really starting to show its age. Those economy figures are terrible for a 1.3 litre engine.
Nov 13th, 2012 10:06pm
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kimbo kimbo
Indeed. They need to make it lighter, more aerodynamic and with a nicer engine. But the overall technical simplicity should be maintained.
Nov 13th, 2012 10:22pm
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Aygo Aygo
Well, it is almost 15 years old and uses a body-on-frame chassis. A diesel was offered in certain European markets.
Nov 13th, 2012 10:54pm
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droid_dtm droid_dtm
I agree and disagree. The Jimny itself is fine by modern standards. The engine however does need a revamp. They already have an alliance with Fiat so acquiring their efficient engines shouldn't be difficult. What Suzuki also needs to do is refresh the interior... that steering wheel for instance looks like it came straight from the 90s. Expansion of the product is also needed. A 5 door Jimny would sell well I think.
Nov 13th, 2012 11:40pm
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Valak Valak
I totally agree.The little Jimny is great, don't change it, keep it simple and robust!Sure, a few touches on the interior would be great, but the only thing that really needs changing is the engines, bring some from FIAT: 1.4 StarJet gasoline and 1.3 MultiJet diesel.
Nov 14th, 2012 9:35am
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