The Suzuki Jimny is a series of off-road vehicle produced by Suzuki since 1968. The first generation of the Jimmy began in 1969 and went until1981. This compact off-road veh8icle was responsible for Suzuki’s global success in a number of different markets around the world. The first step that Suzuki took when going about creating the Jimny was acquiring the rights to HopeStar ON360, which was eventually rebodied and the engine replaced with an air-cooled 359 cc Suzuki “FB” 2-cylinder two-stroke which was capable of 25 PS. The LJ10 Jimny models came with 16” wheels and weighed exactly 590 kg with a top speed of 75 km/h or 47 mph.
The LJ20 was the next Jimny in the series and received a significant update in May of 1972. One of the things that were changed on this vehicle was the grill bars; they were changed from a horizontal position to vertical. The engine in this vehicle was replaced with a water-cooled unit, known as the L50, and the 28 PS allowed the car to go up to 80 km/h. Later on towards the end of this model’s production ruin, a 26 PS 19kW engine was introduced to meet the increasingly stringent emissions regulations. The top speed of the vehicle with this new engine was 58mph.
The second generation of the Suzuki Jimny started production in 1981 in Hamamatsu, Japan. This vehicle was classified as a kei car and was available with 550 cc and 660 cc 3-cylinder engines. The SJ-Series of this vehicle got a bigger engine and the length as well as the width was increased for export purposes. This vehicle has been sold under a number of different names, including the Suzuki Samurai, Suzuki Sierra, Suzuki Caribian, the Chevrolet Samurai, and more. The SJ30 Jimny 550 was primarily sold in Japan where it was very well-suited to the Kei car category. This vehicle continued to use an LJ50 engine which its predecessor used as well.
The SJ40 Jimny 100 was initially launched in 1982 to take the place of the LJ80 range. This vehicle was sold as the Suzuki SJ410 in a majority of export markets and it used the F10A, which was a larger 1 liter version of the LJ’s 0.8 liter 4-cylinder engine. This engine was capable of producing up to 45 horsepower with a top speed of 68 mph. In Japanese markets, this vehicle was also claimed to be capable of 52 horsepower.
There was also the JA51 Jimny 1200 which came out in 1984 and features a whole new design. This vehicle uses a larger 1.3 liter four cylinder engine as well as a five-speed manual transmission and power brakes. The disc brakes for this vehicle were in the front and it had drum brakes on all sides. The body and interior of this vehicle was completely redesigned with a new dashboard, seats, and grill. The SJ410 stayed in production in a number of markets with the old specs.
The third generation of the Jimny began production in 1997 and went on sale in 1998. This Jimny has a much more modern design and quite a few changes have been made with this model. For the third gen Jimny, a ladder type chassis as well as a dual ratio transfer case was implemented into the design. There are two different body styles which are available in various export markets, including a standard hard top as well as the canvas top which was introduced at the Barcelona Motor Show in May of 1999. This vehicle has definitely experienced a great level of success in international markets and continues to be loved by consumers.