Launch report: Suzuki Jimny 1.5 AllGrip (GL en GLX) 5-door

Suzuki ends off successful 2023 with the launch of the Jimny 5-door

In November 2018, Suzuki South Africa launched the brand-new and long-awaited 4th generation (code named: JB74) Jimny. While the 3rd generation Jimny was one of the key ingredients for Suzuki’s success, since re-entering the country in 2008, the model needed some modern updates. In fact, at that time, the third generation Jimny (JB23) had been in the country for a decade (two in other countries).

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Bekendstelling: Suzuki Jimny 1.5 AllGrip (GL en GLX) 5-deur

Suzuki SA bekroon suksesvolle 2023 met Jimny 5-deur bekenstelling.

Tydens November 2018, het Suzuki Suid-Afrika die splinternuwe 4de generasie (kodenaam: JB74) Jimny bekend gestel. Terwyl die 3de generasie Jimny een van die kern redes vir Suzuki SA se sukses was sedert hul plaaslike herkoms in 2008, het die model ‘n paar moderne opdaterings benodig. In werklikheid was die derde generasie Jimny (JB23) teen daardie tyd al ’n dekade oud die land (twee in ander lande).

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Three things we learnt from the #JimnyGathering

“Do you perhaps know why there were so many Jimnies in Clarens, and were you part of it?” was one of the first questions I was asked as soon as we entered the Lesotho border via the iconic (and 4×4-only) Sani Pass. It filled me with great joy to explain the reason behind this (let’s call this) Jimny take-over. Primarily, since I was part of a historic event, and hopefully, the first of many.

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#JimnyGathering en Safari Town Festival hou Clarens feestelik

Suzuki Suid Afrika het onlangs die Vrystaatse dorp van Clarens goed wakker gemaak, met die onthaal van die eerste #JimnyGathering, sowel as die Safari Town Festival. Die plattelandse dorp, wat grens aan die “Golden Gate” Nasional Park, sowel as die Drakensberge, was die perfekte ligging om nie net soveel moontlik Jimnies bymekaar te bring nie, maar ook om ’n nuwe Wêreld Rekord te breuk.

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Launched: Suzuki Jimny 5-door (2023)

Déjà vu for Suzuki

Suzuki certainly kept the best for last today as it publicly launched their brand new 5-door Jimny at the 2023 Festival of Motoring (Kyalami Race circuit), just like they did with their 3-door version in 2018. This follows a very busy week for the brand, which saw the reveal of two other completely new models, namely the Fronx and the XL6.

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Suzuki Jimny JB74: Nostalgia and an eye on the future

Warning: This article might be slightly biased.

When Suzuki launched their new Jimny JB74 model in the picturesque highveld region, back in 2018, it became my dream to own one of these small “do-it-all” vehicles. Fast forward to 2022, and our eyes were set on an extensive road trip, covering some 5500km, from the Southern point of South Africa to the Northern, and Eastern parts of the country. Our journey took as back to the location where I fell in love with the JB74, as well as towards Clarens, the town which is set to host the #JimnyGathering in September 2023.

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