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Suzuki Jimny 1970 to present day (昭和45年-今日スズキ ジムニー)

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Suzuki produced the Jimny mini SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) from April 1970 to the present day.  In 1968, the Suzuki Motor Corporation bought the licenses to the Hope Motor Company of Tokyo, which produced a small off-road vehicle the ON360.  It was powered by a Mitsubishi 356cc 2-sroke engine, only about 15 were ever made.  The Company was first offered to Mitsubishi but they declined the offer.

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[ H i s t o r y ]

1968 : Suzuki buys out the licenses held by the Hope Motor Company.

1970 : The first Suzuki branded 4-wheel drive vehicle, the LJ10 (Light Jeep 10) first appears.  It was powered by a 359cc air-cooled 2-stroke, in line 2-cylinder engine. It was also the first 4WD kei car to enter series production.

1970-1981 : Production era of the 1st Generation Jimny’s.  The Jimny was suzuki’s first global success, giving it a foothold in world Markets. It filled a gap in the market not identified before.

1972 : Due to new emission regulations, the liquid cooled LJ20 is introduced, gaining 3hp in the process.

1975 : Suzuki complemented the LJ20 with the LJ50, which had a larger 539cc 2-stroke 3-in-line cylinder engine and bigger differentials.  This was originally targeted towards the Australian market and more export markets were soon to follow.

1981-1998 : Production era of the 2nd Generation Jimny’s.

1986 : The JA71 4-stroke turbo-charged, fuel-injected (F5A) 543cc 3-cylinder engine was introduced.

1998 : The Jimny trade mark name is now the same in all markets.

1998 To present day : The 3rd Generation Jimny.

1st Generation (1970-1981)

1970 Suzuki Jimny 1G LJ10: jim8

Upon acquiring the rights to the Hope Star ON360, Suzuki rebodied the design and replaced the Mitsubishi engine with the Suzuki FB air-cooled 359cc (21.9 cu in) 2-cylinder 2-stroke engine, which produced 25PS (18kW).  The LJ10 had 16″ wheels and weighed 590kgs (1,301 lb), with a top speed of 75 km/h (47 mph).  The engine was soon uprated to 27PS (20kW), but the top speed remained the same.  The spare tyre was placed behind the driver in order to satisfy the kei car length regulations.

1973 Jimny 1G LJ20: jim9  (note position of the spare tyre)

The LJ was updated in May 1972 and renamed the LJ20.  The engine was replaced with an updated water-cooled L50 unit, and the 28PS (21kW) engine was capable of 80 km/h (50 mph). A special version with the spare wheel mounted behind allowed for two small seats facing each other.  The introduction of left hand drive (LHD) signalled Suzuki’s world wide ambitions for the truck. A Hard Top (Van) version of the LJ20 arrived with smaller 15″ wheels.

Trucks were exported to America, but not by Suzuki themselves.  They were instead imported by an American company called the International Equipment Co (IEC).  Spare wheels were mounted at the back as kei car regulations did not apply there. Towards the end of production, a cleaner 26PS (19kW) engine was introduced, due to more exacting emission regulations.  Top speed was 93 km/h (58 mph) and the payload for the Van version was 250 kg (550 lb).

1975 Jimny (55) 1G SJ10: jim10

In June 1976, reflecting the new kei car rules and emission ratings, the LJ50 engine was introduced although power output was reduced for home market models.  The 539cc (32.9cu in) 3-cylinder engine remained a 2-stroke, the power output was 26PS (19kW) which offered increased torque.  The Jimny weighed in at 635 kg (1,400 lb) and could achieve 97 kph (60 mph).  The spare wheel is now relocated to the rear of the car, allowing for a fourth seat.

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2nd Generation (1981-1998)

atsu plant in Japan.  It was available with either a 550 cc or 660 cc 3-cylinder engine.  The Jimny (LJ50) 550 was the last 2-stroke engine to be built in Japan.  With the withdrawal of type approval in November 1987, the F5A (JA71) engine took its place.  The 2-stroke had been favoured by Suzuki and off-roaders due to its superior torque.

1986 Jimny 2G JA71: jim12

In January 1986, the JA71 4-stroke, turbocharged, fuel-injected 550 cc 3-cylinder engine was introduced along side the 2-stroke SJ30.  It used the updated interior from the export model Jimny 1300, also in both models.  Power was 42PS (31 kW), although this was increased to 52PS (38 kW) in a November 1987 facelift by adding an intercooler.  A non-intercooled, 38ps (28 kW) engine was offered in the lowest spec Van version.  At the same time, a glassed high-roof (Panoramic Roof) version was added.

[ The 660cc Era ]

The JA71 was replaced in March 1990 by the new JA11 engine in accordance with new kei class regulations.  The 657 cc F6A engine came with an intercooler and 55PS (40kW).  Also offered were a utilitarian van (HA), as well as a more luxurious Hardtop (HC), Convertible (CC) and a Panoramic Roof (EC).  The suspension was upgraded and a longer front bumper allowed for the fog lights to be mounted under the grille instead of inside it.  In June 1991, power was increased to 58PS (43kW) and in 1992, power steering and automatic transmission became available for the first time.  The top speed of this model was 120 kph (75 mph).  In February 1995, power increased yet again to 64PS (47kW).  Production of the JA11 ended nine months later with the introduction of the coil sprung JA12/22.

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1995 Jimny 2G JA12W : jim13

The JA12 used the 657 cc F6A 3-cylinder engine from the JA11.

1995 Jimny 2G Landventure Turbo JA22W : jim14

The JA22 received the recently developed and more powerful K6A engine.  The JA12 and the JA22 both had the same power output, 64hp (48kW) in order to satisfy kei regulations.

3rd Generation (1998 to date)

1998 Jimny 3G JB23 : jim15

At the 1997 Tōkyō Motor Show, Suzuki presented the all new Jimny, with a much more modern design.  A ladder type chassis and dual ratio transfer box were retained along with the 660 cc K6A engine.

1998 Mazda AZ Offroad : six83

The Mazda AZ Offroad introduced in October 1998, is a rebadged Jimny.  Manually operated 4WD is standard with auto locking front hubs and low range.  Automatic transmission is an optional extra.

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Image result for computer games clipart  The “Suzuki Jimny” in Computer Games :

’92 ゼロ·ヨン·チャンプ II (Zero4 Champ II) (1993);  Kat’s Run – Zennihon K Car Shenshuken (1995) :   3-D Dinosaur Adventure (1996);  Wangan Midnight (2002);  ’82 Uchû Keiji Tamashii (The Space Sheriff Spirits)(2006) :   Drift City (2007);  Mafia Wars (2008) :   Superstars V8 Next Challenge (2010) :   Fireburst (2012);  MXGP : The Official Motocross Videogame (2014) :   Drift City Mobile (2015) :   MXGP 2 : The Official Motocross Videogame (2016) : 

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