November 12, 2014

Suzuki Jimny adds both electronic stability control and traction control

As predicted here, Suzuki has upgraded the Jimny JX and Sierra with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to comply with next year's government requirements. But it gets way better – the ESP includes a secondary off road traction control component with the potential to transform the Jimny's off road abilities. It has been the only low-range wagon on the New Zealand market with open diffs and no traction aid. According to Suzuki New Zealand's technical department, ESC is switched off when low range is selected and the "brake traction control" function activated. At speeds of more than 30km/h, the ESC kicks back in.

Sierras also get new 15 inch "shadow chromed" alloys and both models have a different instrument cluster (see right, with the previous one below it), a new three spoke steering wheel and revised seat upholstery.  The JX manual costs $19,990; the Sierra manual $22,990, or $24,500 with automatic. The next question to be answered is whether Toyota will offer the 70-Series Land Cruiser with an ESC package.
Speaking of the Jimny, here's a 2015 version offered in Brazil, complete with a colour coded snorkel.

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