The Jimny is a line of four-wheel drive mini-SUVs made by Suzuki since 1970. Nearly three million have been sold world-wide over four generations – the latest launched in 2018. Highly capable, many examples can be found in SA.
SJ410 Q 4×4
Called a Jimny 1000 in Japan, the transportation ministry thwarted owners of 550cm3 Jimnys from fitting the bigger wheels of the Jimny 1000 by ordering Suzuki to fit wheels with a different bolt pattern! SJ410 was sold in SA from 1984.
Also known as SJ413, the Samurai is another variation on the highly successful Jimny theme. It boasted a 1,3-litre engine and five-speed gearbox. Body and interior were also redesigned. A wagon version appeared in SA in 1994.
A compact SUV built in four generations since 1988, the second and third called Grand Vitara. Initially resembling the Jimny, it slotted in above its stable mate in the company’s line-up with a monocoque construction. Vitara first appeared here in 1995, the Grand in 1999.
The Swift was launched in 1983 as a sub-compact hatch – or supermini – and was initially a rebadged Suzuki Cultus, only becoming a model in its own right in 2000. The second and third generations came to SA from 2008 onwards.
Designed by Italdesign’s Giorgetto Giugiaro, the SX4 began as a compact car crossover developed jointly in 2006 by Suzuki and Fiat. The second generation, launched in 2014, is now exclusively a mini-SUV. SX4 made its local debut in 2008.
A city car powered by a 1,0-litre engine launched in February 2014 and manufactured by Pak Suzuki Motors in Pakistan. The five-door hatchback is part of Suzuki’s current local 10-model line-up and three models are available.
The Ciaz is a compact car developed to replace the Suzuki SX4 saloon in Asian, African and Latin American markets. Available in SA since 2015, there are three models on offer, all powered by a 1,4-litre petrol engine.
Suzuki’s model range concentrates on small to compact vehicles and the 1,2-litre Ignis – Latin for ‘fire’ – is one of the later additions. On sale in SA since 2017, the three-model line-up is a common Suzuki SA theme.