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Suzuki Jimny of two generations (1981–2018). Small, yes udalenky?

Interestingly, the appearance of a small dzhipchik is not obliged to the company Suzuki – a small firm with a loud name Hope (hope!) Motor Company, in 1965, presented its first and last auto-creation – the model HopeStar ON360.

Hope did not come true. Ugly open little car with push-pull air cooling “deuce” of 360 “cubes” from MMC and other Mitsubishi units, besides double, was released in the amount of only 15 copies. After that, the HMC either sold the license to Suzuki, or the whole came under the jurisdiction of this manufacturer. They appreciated the concept there and by 1970 presented their version. With a slightly more powerful (but the same volume, cooling and still push-pull) engine, with quite a good-looking.

Suzuki LJ10, or Jimny 360. On the internal versions, in order to reduce the taxable length, the “spare tire” was thrown into the place of one of the rear seats, making the jeep triple. On export – transferred to the door
Then water cooling and a steel roof appeared, the number of cylinders, power and length grew. A cargo modification with an elongated base and a bodywork behind the double cabin was presented. LJ10 and LJ20, SJ10 and SJ20, LJ50 and 51, LJ80 and 81 – even then Jimny had a lot of modifications.

Our first hero – a jeep with the designation SJ30 (later JA, JB, SJ410) – appeared in 1981. The car has become larger. Acquired, finally, metal doors in the standard. Received, like its predecessor, along with the “two-stroke” four-stroke motor (modification SJ40 / SJ410). Buyers were offered several body options: the usual hard top and a high roof with windows, awning with all-metal doors and only with “gates” without frames, with a bodywork.

Over the long years of release (from 1981 to 1998) Jimny more than once updated appearance. Most noticeable – in 1995.

Sample models 1993 and 1995 in the fashionable version of Sierra
Refreshed and salon – at the same time.

Jimny has gained a truly global popularity. Offered in a variety of markets. Conquered the location of a European client. And how many had names: Samurai, Katana, Caribbean, Farm Worker, Santana, Potohar, Fox, simply Sierra or SJ410 / 413. It was also sold as Chevrolet Samurai, Holden Drover and Maruti Gypsy. The British firm Rickman produced on its base elongated modifications and a camper. And already through it, the Russian company Avkam, which produced jeeps with fiberglass bodies for some time, received the Jimny chassis (in the photo to the right, next to the original source).

We do not have much of it on sale, but it is quite enough to make a choice between prepared and stock items. Prices, however, for such a crumb do not seem low – an average of 250-350 thousand. Although, if you wait, search …

Specifications and configuration Suzuki Jimny (second generation, 08.1982 – 10.1984)

Specifications and equipment Suzuki Jimny (second generation, restyling, 11.1984 – 01.1990)

Specifications and configuration Suzuki Jimny (second generation, third restyling, 11.1995 – 09.1998)

The third Jimny under the letter JB23 / 33/43 debuted in 1998. Became a little larger (wheelbase added 220 mm), but did not change the three-door format. Options for the Panoramic Roof and convertibles with completely soft sidewalls are gone. Basically, Jimny had a hard top of ordinary height. However, from 1999 to 2009 in Spain produced a modification with an awning, called the Cabrio or Canvas Top. In 2013, before the end of production, the 4Sun variant with a fabric sliding “hatch” was proposed (a green car in the photo). Three years later, Canvas Concept was shown, which, judging by the name, remained so.

As compensation, Suzuki did not spare their fantasies for all sorts of color, city and beach performances, which were distinguished by external and internal “jewelry”. Maximum of some additional devices like a tow bar. There existed a dozen and a half, if not more. We give the brightest:

X-Adventure, Beach Lifeguards and Street
But even among them we can single out quite practical ones, united by one theme – off-road.

4Work, 4Sport and 4Sport Desert
As you can see, there is an elevator suspension, and a snorkel, and “pursed” bumpers that increase the angles of entry and exit, and even something resembling a winch. In addition, the richer packed version of the Sierra continued to exist. In the Japanese market, a modification was proposed Wide, that is, extended – due to bumpers and arches plus 125 mm to the width and plus 90 mm to the track. In other countries, this basically went “in the base.” The third Jimny did not have as many names as his predecessor. Nevertheless, two examples of badge-engineering are known – Chevrolet Jimny and Mazda AZ-Offroad.

Three times in ten years of production, Jimny was upgraded – in 2002, in 2005–06 (for different markets) and in 2012–13. And the first restyling, in fact, did not correct anything.

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