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If you knew Suzy, you’d love your Jimny

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TOUGH LITTLE BUGGER: The Suzuki Jimny has but a 1.3-litre engine but that’s sufficient to pull it through all sorts of tough terrain.  Image: Suzuki UK/Newspress

Since its launched in 1998 the Suzuki Jimny has accumulated a major global following of loyal owners with its practical looks and as a quirky alternative to a supermini or crossover SUV.

To add customer appeal for 2016 a Jimny Adventure Special Edition is now on sale with a very limited production run of just 200 units for the UK (but we though you Suzuki fans would like to know, so…).

The Adventure is based on the popular high-spec SZ4 model which has Dark Silver 15″ alloy rims, synthetic leather upholstery, aircon and rear privacy glass while the Adventure adds full-screen satnav and Bluetooth connectivity, and a hard spare-wheel cover with an ‘Adventure’ logo as well as white metallic or grey two-tone paint jobs.

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SIGN LANGUAGE: We guess that is the Japanese for ‘Adventure’ – it’s on the Jimny’s hard spare-wheel cover. Image: Suzuki UK/Newspress

The Adventure costs  darn near R300 000 in the UK, about R20 000 more than the standard vehicle and comes with the same all-alloy quad-valve 1.3-litre engine and is available with only a manual transmission that returns an official seven litres/100km in the Euro combined cycle. CO2 emissions are 162g/km.

Suzuki says the little car has established a reputation for toughness among its 24 000 UK owners, among which are many who are on their third or even fourth unit. Durability was tested back in 2014 when long-standing Suzuki fan Les Carvall and three friends drove two Jimnys around the world on a ‘Heaven Can Wait I’m busy’ charity expedition.

Starting in Southampton, the four-month Global tour clocked up more than 30 000km over some very challenging terrain. Both returned unscathed with no reliability faults to report.

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